In a recent tweet, Deadline Senior Film Reporter Justin Kroll claimed John Krasinski wasn’t Marvel Studios’ “first choice” for the role of Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Instead, Kroll says Marvel originally intended to have former James Bond actor Daniel Craig as the leader of the Fantastic Four in the film, but those plans changed when Craig dropped out of the project because he didn’t want to risk contracting COVID-19. 19 and gives it to his family.
In a sequel tweet, Kroll reiterated that Craig would appear in “Multiverse of Madness,” but decided that a cameo wasn’t worth the risk of potentially contracting COVID-19 to himself or his family members. Notably, Kroll divulged all of this information in response to another tweet which discussed how the Illuminati scenes in “Multiverse of Madness” were turned into plays due to conflicting schedules by certain actors. That said, until someone involved with “Multiverse of Madness” actually comes out and confirms that Craig was originally intended to star in the film, it’s probably best to treat that information as unconfirmed rumor for now.
Regardless of whether it’s true or not, this story will likely surprise most Marvel Comics fans. Unlike Krasinski, who has been cast as Reed Richards by comic book readers for years, Craig’s name has never really entered any conversation about the Fantastic Four. That makes him a somewhat unexpected choice to play Reed Richards, and he doesn’t really resemble the comic book character either.
Nonetheless, it’s safe to assume that if Craig had starred as Reed Richards in “Multiverse of Madness,” that would probably have been the film’s biggest surprise.