John Malkovich Joins MCU in 'The Fantastic Four' Revival

Marvel's 'Fantastic Four' introduces a fresh, dynamic lineup

by Zain ul Abedin
John Malkovich Joins MCU in 'The Fantastic Four' Revival
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John Malkovich, a luminary of the film industry with a career spanning over four decades, is set to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debut in the highly anticipated movie, "The Fantastic Four." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Malkovich has been confirmed to join the film, which is slated for release next year.

However, the specifics of his role remain shrouded in mystery, adding an element of intrigue to his involvement. Malkovich's remarkable journey in cinema includes iconic performances in films such as "Of Mice and Men" (1992) and the eponymous "Being John Malkovich" (1999).

His versatility has been showcased in a variety of roles across different genres, from the psychological thriller "Bird Box" to the political satire "Burn After Reading," and more recently in the Netflix series "Space Force" and the action drama "Deepwater Horizon." His near-miss with the Marvel world previously came with the canceled "Spider-Man 4" project by Sam Raimi, making his upcoming role in "The Fantastic Four" a long-awaited entry into superhero cinema.

Marvel Studios announced "The Fantastic Four" in 2020, marking it as one of the most eagerly awaited films in the MCU lineup. This will be the first time the superhero team is featured in its own standalone MCU film, despite previous adaptations.

To ensure a successful introduction of these iconic characters, Marvel has pulled together an impressive ensemble cast.

Stellar Cast Revealed

The film stars Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm/The Thing, and Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch.

Julia Garner will portray the Silver Surfer, with Paul Walter Hauser in a yet-to-be-disclosed role. The inclusion of John Malkovich further elevates the film's high-profile cast. Directed by Matt Shakman, known for his work on "WandaVision" and "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The Fantastic Four" is poised to be a significant addition to the MCU.

It combines a fresh take on beloved characters with a narrative that promises depth and innovation. Set to premiere on July 25, 2025, "The Fantastic Four" not only extends the MCU’s sprawling saga but also aligns with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige’s vision for a robust future for the franchise.

As fans eagerly await the film's release, they can also look forward to upcoming developments in the MCU, including new updates on "Deadpool" and "Wolverine."