It looks like the Fantastic Four casting announcement may be on the horizon though it’s unclear if it would also involve Doctor Doom and if so, to what capacity. After hearing what Mila Kunis had to say about her Sue Storm/gender-swapped The Thing rumor, MCU fans are expecting Marvel Studios to reveal the ensemble in the near future. But an insider report claims Doctor Doom’s role may not be substantial in Marvel’s first family feature directed by Matt Shakman or worse would not even have an appearance.
Rampant Fantastic Four rumors are all over social media lately for 2025’s Fantastic 4 reboot. While the ensemble movie is years from hitting the big screen – MCU fans are currently invested in learning about the actors in discussion to play Mr. Fantastic, which could be potrayed by Adam Driver, The Thing, Sue Storm and Johnny Storm/Human Torch.
With the casting process underway, fans have also been keen to learn about Von Doom’s involvement in the Phase 6 film. However, insider MyTimeToShineHello claims “No Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four at least not in a big role.” If true, Matt Shakman could be introducing a different nemesis, possibly Silver Surfer and Galactus – going by the claims from scoopers. Speaking of, The same insider also backed a rumor that Antonio Banderas is in discussions to play MCU’s Galactus
Earlier this week, it was reported the Desperado actor Antonio Banderas was in talks for the Galactus role in Marvel’s first family movie. Any Marvel fan would know Galactus’ story usually involves his servant, Silver Surfer who seeks out planets for the celestial to eat. It’s possible Shakman could introduce the Herald of Galactus, in fact, there have also been rumors supporting this claim – with some reports also suggesting the character could get a Marvel Studios special treatment.
No Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four at least not in a big role
— MyTimeToShineHello (@MyTimeToShineH) April 28, 2023
They are looking at Jewish actors, both male AND female for The Thing in Fantastic Four. Mila Kunis is one of them
— MyTimeToShineHello (@MyTimeToShineH) April 28, 2023
Antonio Banderas is in talks to play Galactus in Fantastic Four pic.twitter.com/jMUWKRTRM1
— MyTimeToShineHello (@MyTimeToShineH) April 27, 2023
Before y’all get upset about the Mila Kunis Fantastic Four rumors let me remind you that Sharon Ventura (Ms. Marvel and She-Thing) has been around since 1985. pic.twitter.com/iK1otoOvsy
— ReedReads (@ReedReads4) April 29, 2023
Anyways, that said, Ben Grimm will be the “The Thing” and it won’t be Mila Kunis playing the character and shame on your for letting a stupid rumor trigger you all. https://t.co/6168QNSaCl
— Skyler Shuler (@SkylerShuler) April 29, 2023
Lot of y’all gonna look crazy when Mila Kunis isn’t cast as Thing. pic.twitter.com/UqpCV5I0aA
— Good Job TASK 🍊 #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate (@UpToTASK) April 29, 2023
People need to understand that we have had four adaptations of the Fantastic 4 and all of them crashed and burned.
So yes, I am all for Mila Kunis as The Thing because at this point you have to do something different. pic.twitter.com/F5pEJyOxC9
— The Moonlight Warrior 🌙 (@BlackMajikMan90) April 29, 2023
The whole thing about the Mila Kunis rumor…is you can’t just write an entire script and then gender swap after the fact “Might be an actor or might be an actress!”
That has to be set already whenever the script is done. So I don’t get the rumor…Kunis has to be someone else pic.twitter.com/23JFiJCa1D
— Caleb Williams (@KnightGambit) April 29, 2023
We heard some THING about Mila Kunis
(Via @TMZ) pic.twitter.com/BQD5XNbfxK
— The Illuminerdi (@The_Illuminerdi) April 29, 2023
Mila Kunis says she isn't in Marvel Studios' 'FANTASTIC FOUR' movie, but knows who is. pic.twitter.com/We5TCYvYuR
— MCU – CoveredGeekly (@MCU_Covered) April 29, 2023
This is Mila Kunis’ response to the Fantastic Four rumors. pic.twitter.com/DLzgdVTuVm
— SD #CoraNation (@Spider_Devil7) April 29, 2023
I don’t think it’s a garbage decision necessarily, just not one I would’ve thought of. Plus, it wouldn’t change the origin or ethnicity would it? Mila Kunis is Jewish and is a good actress so it wouldn’t be terrible, I just don’t think people will accept it for a very long time https://t.co/7407ymAiBj
— Film Odyssey (@FilmOdysseyMCU) April 29, 2023
I like Mila Kunis but that rumour about her playing the Thing is obviously bullshit.
Anyone with a clear understanding of the Fantastic 4 knows that Jack Kirby modelled Ben Grimm after himself. No offence to Mila Kunis, but she’s not that.
— Barra (@ThatBmanGuy) April 29, 2023
MILA KUNIS… AS THE THING?! https://t.co/aYOzp2KCDV pic.twitter.com/qusa37hFcO
— Shadow Knight (@ShadowKnightDK) April 29, 2023
Its hilarious that all of this craziness with Mila Kunis being The Thing could have been avoided if one single person watched her interview on the James Corden show days ago, lmao https://t.co/hPwcdEwzHj
— Jack McBryan (@McBDirect) April 29, 2023
I see the Mila Kunis rumor is really bringing out peoples misogyny and sexism pic.twitter.com/poKes4DjAp
— KC Walsh (@TheComixKid) April 29, 2023
If Mila Kunis was going to be The Thing, then the thing/Johnny storm rivalry was going to seem more romantic. They might make them date. Everyone dating within the family, lmao. 😬💀 Weird ik. pic.twitter.com/a2BLkGKRfa
— Binger (@ScreenBingest) April 30, 2023
Meanwhile, the Mila Kunis rumor has been put to rest by the actress herself during her appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. However, That 70s Show star did reveal “But I know who is. But I don’t wanna get in trouble with the Mouse!”
Scooper MTTS even suggested Shakman was searching for a Jewish-origin actress to play The Thing. Marvel fans have been in awe over the possibility of a gender-swapped character. Readers can check out reactions below.
Similar Doctor Doom claims have been made earlier stating Victor Von Doom is not the main villain in the ensemble Phase 6 movie though it was also reported the character had a post-credits scene in Black Panther 2 which did not pan out. So audiences are advised to take these rumors with a grain of salt and from the looks of it, Marvel Studios may soon set the record straight with an official announcement.
Fantastic Four is scheduled for a February 14, 2025 release.
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