A few days ago, rumors swirled that a Fantastic Four cast was on its way to being announced. Those rumors included a theory that Emily Blunt could be headed to Fantastic Four, as it’s been heavily rumored that she’s Marvel’s top choice for Sue Storm.
It wasn’t a guess that was out of the ordinary — the actress was supposed to originally play Black Widow in Iron Man 2 and was actually cast for the role before she had to bow out due to contract issues. And, she’s already in the Disney family, thanks to her title role in Mary Poppins Returns. Plus, her husband, John Krasinski, has also been at the top of Marvel’s list for the role of Johnny Storm, according to rumors.
But, in an interview with Howard Stern to promote A Quiet Place Part II, Blunt addressed the issue and clarified it was nothing more than a rumor.
“That is fan-casting. No one has received a phone call. That’s just people saying, ‘Wouldn’t that be great?’’ Blunt said.
When Stern asked if superhero movies were “beneath her” given that she’s now made a name for herself in Hollywood with a number of acclaimed roles in both indie and action films, Blunt’s response was carefully honest.
“It’s not that it’s beneath me. I love Iron Man and when I got offered Black Widow I was obsessed with Iron Man. I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr.—it would’ve been amazing … but I don’t know if superhero movies are for me. They’re not up my alley. I don’t like them. I really don’t. It’s been exhausted. We are inundated—it’s not only all the movies, it’s the endless TV shows as well.”
Blunt did indicate that she wasn’t closing the door completely on playing in the superhero sandbox. But according to the actress, “it would just have to be something so cool and like a really cool character, and then I’d be interested.”
The Fantastic Four film was officially revealed by Kevin Feige during San Diego Comic Con in 2019, but we’ve heard little since. Marvel recently dropped a trailer highlighting a mega slate of new movies and release dates for Phase 4, including Black Panther, The Eternals, and Guardians of the Galaxy. But Fantastic Four was nowhere to be seen, which has left many to wonder when we’ll hear about development on Marvel’s first family.
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