Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would have included Daniel Craig in place of a much-loved cameo, had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic.
A favorite cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness looked almost completely different.
According to tweets from Heavy Spoilers and DeadlineJustin Kroll, actor John Krasinski as Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic from Earth-838 was not the original plan for the Doctor Strange follow-up. James Bond actor Daniel Craig would reportedly appear instead as the Asgardian Balder the Brave, a character who first appeared in Journey to mystery #85 in 1962, just two issues after Thor first appeared for Marvel Comics. However, the reports allege that due to Craig’s concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, Craig withdrew and did not shoot for the film.
Heavy Spoilers claim that Craig’s Balder would be a member of the Illuminati rather than Krasinski’s Reed Richards. Instead of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch turning Mister Fantastic into spaghetti, she would have persuaded the Asgardian to commit suicide during the death of the Illuminati at her hands. The Twitter account also states that Krasinki has not filmed for the movie until new footage is shot.
While Craig didn’t participate in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Krasinski playing Mister Fantastic is a fancast that many have wanted to see in the MCU for a long time. Some questions remain after his appearance in Multiverse of madnessspecifically whether he will be the main Mister Fantastic of the MCU and reprise the role for the coming Fantastic four movie that Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts has withdrawn. Krasinski’s fancast is also part of a set, as many fans want to see Krasinski’s wife, actor Emily Blunt, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman play in a Fantastic four also film.
As for Craig, the actor has finished his portrayal of James Bond, which started with: Royal Casino (2006) and ended with No time to die (2021). An upcoming project for the actor is the expected Knives from 2directed by Rian Johnson. Craig will rejoin Johnson and reprise his role as private investigator Benoit Blanc in the 2019 sequel Blades offthough the film will have a new star-studded cast that will include the likes of Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Universe), Ethan Hawke (Moon Knight), Leslie Odom Jr. †Hamilton), Jessica Henwick (iron fist† The Matrix: Resurrections) and more.
Despite the film undergoing a box office drop at the time of writing, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now in cinemas.
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