MCU"s Newest Fantastic Four Castings Reveal 3 Villains According To Wild Movie Theory

  • Marvel Studios' upcoming The Fantastic Four has cast several brilliant actors in undisclosed roles.
  • Ralph Ineson has been cast as the planet-eater Galactus in The Fantastic Four, perhaps taking inspiration from Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four: Life Story.
  • Paul Walter Hauser and John Malkovich could also be playing villains in The Fantastic Four, introducing several villains into the MCU reboot.
The newest casting choices for Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four could tease several powerful villains debuting in the upcoming MCU Phase 6 reboot. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige teased the development of The Fantastic Four back in 2019, and while news on the exciting project had been scarce for a number of years, recent months have seen some huge updates. Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Joseph Quinn and Ebon Moss-Bachrach have been cast as Marvel's First Family, and they are set to be joined by some talented stars, fleshing out the world of the MCU's Fantastic Four team and their villains.
Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four is one of the most anticipated projects for the MCU, particularly after 20th Century Fox delivered two divisive iterations of Marvel's First Family in 2005 and 2015. While it's unclear exactly what storyline will unfold in the upcoming Phase 6 movie, the casting of major villains, hints at an unorthodox setting, and Marvel Comics inspiration behind the project could tease major plot threads. With Julia Garner, Ralph Ineson, Paul Walter Hauser and John Malkovich joining the cast of The Fantastic Four, it's possible that the titular team could be facing more threats than first expected.
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The Fantastic Four Is Inspired By Marvel Comics’ Life Story Shortly after Julia Garner's casting in The Fantastic Four back in April 2024, Marvel Studios revealed five issues of Marvel Comics that were providing inspiration for the upcoming Phase 6 movie. Alongside 1961's Fantastic Four #1 and 1966's Fantastic Four #48, #49 and #50, Marvel Studios also revealed 2021's Fantastic Four: Life Story #1 as a key inspiration for the reboot. Life Story explored the full history of the Fantastic Four team from their origins through to the present day in a sort of montage style, suggesting that the MCU's live-action The Fantastic Four could take on a similar style.
The Fantastic Four Comic Inspiration
Fantastic Four #1
Fantastic Four #48
Fantastic Four #49
Fantastic Four #50
Fantastic Four: Life Story #1
The inclusion of Fantastic Four: Life Story #1 among the Marvel Comics inspiration of The Fantastic Four suggests the project will span several years. Kevin Feige previously noted that The Fantastic Four wouldn't be an origin story for Marvel's First Family, but it's possible that brief scenes could provide a glimpse at the team receiving their abilities, just as they do in Life Story. Life Story also features events such as the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm, Ben Grimm's struggles with his new appearance, and battles with villains, including Mole Man, Galactus, the Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom.
Ralph Ineson’s Galactus Will Be The Fantastic Four’s Primary Villain Coming straight out of the pages of Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four #48, #49, #50 and Life Story #1, Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four will include Galactus as the project's primary antagonist. Julia Garner's casting as Shalla-Bal's Silver Surfer teased this, while The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on May 9, 2024, that English actor Ralph Ineson has been cast as the planet-eating antagonist. Galactus is one of Marvel's most recognizable and significant villains, so news of his inclusion in The Fantastic Four is very exciting, particularly with Ineson assuming the role, and Galactus fits perfectly in The Fantastic Four's Marvel Comics inspiration.
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While Fantastic Four: Life Story #1 features many antagonists, Galactus is, by far, the most important adversary in the Marvel Comics storyline, and perhaps the most important in the Fantastic Four's entire history. Doctor Doom is often cited as the team's most regular enemy, but the threat posed by Galactus is on a far larger, potentially world-ending, scale. Taking inspiration from this Marvel Comics story for the MCU, while putting Galactus center-stage, suggests The Fantastic Four will also feature a number of other villains, even if only for a brief time, and this could be supported by recent casting choices.
John Malkovich & Paul Walter Hauser Could Also Be Playing Villains In The Fantastic Four Close Marvel Studios added acclaimed actors Paul Walter Hauser and John Malkovich to the cast of The Fantastic Four on May 2 and 9, 2024, respectively. The inclusion of Hauser and Malkovich in The Fantastic Four is incredibly exciting, adding sheer star power to the upcoming movie, while neither of their roles have yet been confirmed. Although undisclosed, popular theories suggest that Paul Walter Hauser could be perfect for Mole Man, and John Malkovich may be a brilliant match for the Puppet Master, so they could potentially bring two of the most iconic Fantastic Four villains into the MCU's Phase 6.
Mole Man was the Fantastic Four's first villain in Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four #1 back in 1961, while the Puppet Master made his first appearance in 1962's Fantastic Four #8. Fantastic Four: Life Story could explain how these villains could appear in The Fantastic Four, if only for a brief time, as the Marvel Comics story features quick glimpses at several villains throughout the Fantastic Four's history. Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four could briefly explore the history of the team, which may see them face Mole Man and the Puppet Master, giving Hauser and Malkovich small roles in the movie.
Your browser does not support the video tag. The Fantastic Four’s Alternate Universe Theory Means These Actors Can Still Return In The MCU Some would argue that Paul Walter Hauser and John Malkovich deserve a larger role in The Fantastic Four, but even if they appear only briefly in a montage akin to Life Story in live-action, this doesn't mean they can't have a bigger role in the MCU's future. The Fantastic Four has been speculated to be set in an alternate universe, which could see Hauser and Malkovich portray minor villains inhabiting a world destined to be destroyed by Galactus. This could end their MCU journeys before they begin, perhaps wasting the potential of these brilliant actors, but there is still hope.
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The magic of the MCU's Multiverse Saga means Paul Walter Hauser's Mole Man and John Malkovich's Puppet Master could return in the MCU's future as variants of their The Fantastic Four villains. This would allow them to develop their roles significantly in the MCU's main continuity after first being teased in The Fantastic Four's alternate universe. The potential for The Fantastic Four to feature many iconic villains alongside Ralph Ineson's Galactus means the team's full history can be fleshed out properly. This would also mark the live-action debuts of some of these characters, expanding the world of the MCU massively.
The Fantastic Four (2025) Not Yet Rated ActionAdventure Sci-FiSuperhero Marvel's Fantastic Four is the first MCU movie to feature Marvel's First Family in the same live-action universe as the Avengers. It introduces the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm, and precedes Phase 6's Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Director Matt Shakman Release Date July 25, 2025 Studio(s) Marvel Studios Upcoming MCU Movies
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July 25, 2025
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