Whilst this isn’t the first we’ve heard this rumor, the Barside Buzz over the last 48 hours or so has been, is Adam Driver in the running for Reed Richards? The first time we heard anything about this Fantastic Four casting rumor it came from Jeff Sneider of The Hot Mic. Sneider said Driver had been approached for either Reed or Doom, they seemed to think Reed more likely.
Then recently we’ve seen Grace Randolph make the claim that Driver is now the front runner for the part. This was then backed up by The Direct in a further article. Now I don’t particularly consider either Grace or The Direct as excellent leak sources for Marvel. Though Grace has been upping her hit rate more recently. Therefore perhaps she has a new source at Marvel Studios? I should also say Grace’s DC leaks have always been good. As for The Direct, they are more of an aggregate outlet. Therefore if they have a new source I’ve not had the time to verify their accuracy.
Then we have the counter argument from KC Walsh who is EIC over at The GWW. You can see his curt response below. Now far be it for me to criticize, but I do personally find that Walsh’s social media scoops tend to be like this. One (or few) word answers that can be taken multiple ways. However that’s his style, so it is what it is.
— KC Walsh (@TheComixKid) January 9, 2023
So, is Adam Driver in the running for Reed Richards? I have no idea, but remember no one as yet is saying it’s a done deal. For now that means even if someone else gets announced, this story could have been true all along. That’s the leak game at times. However all we can do is judge any story against what is made official down the line. If Driver gets announced as Reed, then kudos so Sneider, Randolph and The Direct. If not, then Kudos to Walsh.
That’s all the evidence for you to decide for yourselves on this Fantastic Four rumor. I make no claim’s, nor give any opinions, other than painting a history of all the players involved. I have no issue with Driver in any MCU role as long as it’s not wasted, he’s great and was the best thing in the awful Star Wars sequels.
Leave your own thoughts below as always. Is Adam Driver in the running for Reed Richards? We wait to see.