By Stephen Ippolito | May 14th, 2022
(The following contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. You’ve been warned.)
Marvel Studios’ newest film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had some of the most memorable cameos in the history of the MCU. During Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) visit to Earth-838, he is brought before The Illuminati which consisted of Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell), Blackbolt (Anson Mount), Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), and Reed Richards who was shockingly played by fan-favorite John Krasinski. However, its been revealed that another well-known actor was originally eyed to play the Fantastic Four leader.
In a Tweet posted last night, Deadline’s Justin Kroll revealed that James Bond actor Daniel Craig was supposed to play Richards but backed out over COVID concerns.
While I’m happy that Krasinski in the end got the chance to suit up as Mister Fantastic, I would not have mind seeing Craig in there instead. I’ve never thought about him playing that role in my life, but I would have now liked to have seen it.
Since Kroll’s revealed the news, Steven Spoilsberg, a lesser-known insider, revealed that he heard that Craig was not going to play Richards but actually a character named Balder The Brave. According to Spoilsberg, Balder, who in the comics is the half-brother of Thor, would also have been killed by Wanda.
Personally, I’m gonna go with what Kroll says. Kroll is one of the most tapped in Hollywood reporters out there. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that he breaks more news than anyone in the industry. If he says he was supposed to play Richards, then I’m gonna go with him over Spoilsberg.
Regardless, I think everyone is happy with how things played out in the end.