Recent Fantastic Four casting rumors have Marvel fans defending the cast of the original live-action films. In 2005, the first feature film based on the superhero team was released, starring Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, Chris Evans as Johnny Storm and Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm. The four have repeated their roles in the 2007 sequel to Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Rumors circulated this week that the Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence was in talks to play Sue Storm in the next Fantastic Four movie. Since the script has not yet been written and it will likely take some time for production to begin, it is unlikely that anyone else has been assigned to any of the roles. In any case, the discussion has led many Marvel fans to express their admiration for the original live-action adaptation.
“You were really great as Fantastic 4, but you’re not ready for this conversation yet,” reads a popular tweet that features four images of Gruffudd, Alba, Evans and Chiklis from the 2005 original Fantastic Four. The tweet was liked nearly 100,000 times in less than 24 hours.
You were really great as Fantastic 4, but you’re not ready for this conversation pic.twitter.com/TgIefmwVdh
– Tyler ✪⧗ (@twhenneke) February 20, 2021
“I’m glad that we can all now agree that these auditions were fantastic and these suits were fantastic and the Fantastic Four duology was great,” says another fan and publishes a photo of the foursome.
“Oh … I just want them because they are the only ones who can create a fantastic 4,” was a similar tweet with another picture of the first Fantastic Four.
I only want them because they are the only ones who can create awesome 4 https://t.co/Jh5h5mtXx5pic.twitter.com/8qAitEQouq
– Des b’s banner (@sweatxhbw) February 21, 2021
Another fan writes a GIF from the film and says: “The only fantastic 4 that I recognize.”
the only fantastic 4 i confirm pic.twitter.com/nnfvPwBtd7
– Selina Kyle @ (@ kvl3idoscope) February 20, 2021
With the Jennifer Lawrence Rumors that sparked the conversation with Invisible Woman and other fans show how great Jennifer Alba was when she played the role. Says a fan on Twitter: “With Jennifer Lawrence allegedly cast as Sue Storm in the new Fantastic Four, I’d like to remind everyone that Jessica Alba absolutely killed her in that role.”
With Jennifer Lawrence reportedly cast as Sue Storm in the new Fantastic Four, I’d like to remind everyone that Jessica Alba absolutely killed her in that role pic.twitter.com/qW0oCITU7y
– Jason (@jasonnnn_p) February 20, 2021
And another fan says: “Jessica Alba was as good as Sue Storm in a fantastic 4.”
Jessica Alba was as good as Sue Storm in a fantastic 4 pic.twitter.com/ZFWxAkGrYx
– Zach (@civiiswar) February 21, 2021
You won’t see that kind of love for the 2015 incarnation of director Josh Trank. This version featured Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm. Unfortunately, the only awards the film could really win were almost every award in the Razzies with generally negative reviews. Plans for a sequel were dropped and we haven’t seen another live action version of Mr. Fantastic and the big screen since.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige has confirmed that there are plans to bring the Fantastic Four to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a new film. In December it was announced that Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts would be directing. Since then, fans have speculated about possible casting decisions. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt lead the pack as the two names people would most like to see as the new Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman. Time will tell who will ultimately be cast.
Yes, these suits are good. I could have some new additions to the list of the best live action comic suits. pic.twitter.com/6vngSBNyl3
– tired of it (@nerdwopinions) February 21, 2021
Yes, my younger self ate up these films !!! The rise of the Silver Surfer continues to pump me today! Also Chris Evans in these films 😍🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/zhEKITDw5z
– Luis Valero-Suarez (@ LoVS_18) February 21, 2021
I had a total crush on her when I checked out the awesome 4 pic.twitter.com/OBlgcvij1N by Og
– Mic (@cazziesgriffin) February 20, 2021
He had no reason to be so attractive in the 4 awesome movie pic.twitter.com/Y9abFu84Ko
– 𝕸𝖆𝖗𝖎: 𝖕𝖗𝖚𝖊 𝖊𝖗𝖆 @ (@xmarixow) February 21, 2021
I never really understood why people hated these films. They’re cheesy as hell and cheesy, but that’s exactly what the Fantastic Four are. They’re not a Dark Knight or comparable to any of the MCUs, but they were among the better Marvel films before the MCU.
– Austin (@NotAustinV) February 21, 2021