Marvel’s Fantastic Four project is getting closer to finally shooting. Marvel Studios is currently choosing the cast for the highly-anticipated blockbuster. And, as we learn more about the film, it looks like they have a major actor in mind for an iconic Fantastic Four villain.
The Fantastic Four comics first debuted in 1961, and the brand has been one of the company’s most iconic superhero teams ever since. Of course, that means they have their fair share of iconic villains, one of which has been most notably associated with the upcoming blockbuster.
As we all know, Galactus tends to be the biggest topic of discussion when it comes to villains from the upcoming movie. Additionally, topics have surfaced regarding the Silver Surfer and the possibility that the character may in fact become a woman for this new iteration. According to insider @MyTimeToShineH, however, there’s another fan-favorite villain that Marvel Studios already has an actor in mind for.
Doctor Doom is one villain that’s always been expected to appear in a later Fantastic Four sequel as opposed to this first iteration. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean this first installment won’t set up the establishment of this iconic role. Now the insider claims that Marvel Studios wants none other than Oppenheimer actor Cillian Murphy for the role.
Here’s what they shared:
“Cillian Murphy is Marvel’s top choice to play Doctor Doom in the MCU.”
Cillian Murphy is Marvel’s top choice to play Doctor Doom in the MCU pic.twitter.com/fX5MJYpHyD
— MyTimeToShineHello (@MyTimeToShineH) November 26, 2023
Obviously this should be taken with a grain of salt. Especially until Marvel Studios makes an official announcement themselves. But it would certainly make sense if Cillian Murphy made it to the top of the list. He not only starred in this year’s major box office success Oppenheimer, but he’s no stranger to the comic book genre either. In fact, he previously played an iconic DC villain, Scarecrow, in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
We should have more details soon as the casting process for the project continues. Fantastic Four is scheduled to be released on May 2, 2025. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any additional updates regarding the highly-anticipated superhero blockbuster as we have them.