WandaVision viewers continue to speculate about the identity of the aerospace engineer contacted by S.W.O.R.D. Captain Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), with some believing the mystery man will reveal himself as Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. When investigating the Westview anomaly seemingly instigated by Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) in Episode 5, Monica tells astrophysicist Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and FBI Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) that she knows an aerospace engineer who would be up for the challenge of figuring out a way to be protected while going back inside the "Hex" surrounding Westview, New Jersey.
After texting this unnamed person in Episode 5, Monica reports in Episode 6 that her way back into the irradiated Hex — an armored vehicle — is an hour away. "Just gotta meet my guy over the ridge," Monica says, resolving to go back inside despite Darcy's warnings that her two trips through the boundary have already rewritten her cells on a molecular level.
As WandaVision gears up to reveal the mystery person in Episode 7 — which might be the mockumentary-styled episode paying homage to modern sitcoms like The Office and Modern Family — fans are sharing theories Monica's contact is the big-brained leader of the Fantastic Four, played by fan-favorite pick John Krasinski.
Best known for roles in The Office and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Krasinski has long been rumored for the role of Mister Fantastic and has repeatedly expressed interest in playing the stretchy superhero. In March, Krasinski told ComicBook.com he "would love" to play a rebooted Reed Richards but added he's "had no conversations" with Marvel Studios or MCU master planner Kevin Feige.
Shortly after, in April 2020, the Disney-owned studio reportedly met with Krasinski for a "multitude of projects." It's unclear if the rumored meeting was for an acting role or a behind-the-camera role after the success of A Quiet Place, directed by Krasinski and starring his wife Emily Blunt — also a fan-favorite pick to play Susan Richards, Reed's wife and the superhero called the Invisible Woman.
In the Marvel comics, Reed's greatest power is his genius-level intellect and his mastery of science and other fields, including aviation, robotics, and quantum physics. When Reed, Susan, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm are exposed to cosmic radiation, the team of explorers uses their superhuman powers throughout universes as the Fantastic Four.
Feige officially announced a rebooted Fantastic Four in December with Spider-Man director Jon Watts bringing Marvel's first family into the MCU. Here's what WandaVision fans are saying about a potential Reed-slash-Krasinski debut in Episode 7, premiering Friday on Disney+:
WandaVision has been teasing a Aerospace engineer lately, and alot of people are speculating it could be Reed Richards. Do you think he'll make an appearance? pic.twitter.com/kytZp7K4FK— Daily Fantastic Four (@DailyFantastic4) February 12, 2021
You're Not Jim
John Krasinski (who plays Jim in the Office) is also heavily fancasted as Reed Richards. Additionally, Randall Park (who plays Jimmy) played ANOTHER Jim in the Office. pic.twitter.com/XZGP5d8VCu— Sarcasm & Irony (@SarcandIron) February 13, 2021
'They Recast Jim?'
people keep saying they want John Krasinski to show up as Reed Richards in WandaVision. as if he’s not already playing a character in the show 🙄 pic.twitter.com/7BeEC4RWVf— hunter rapp (@hrwashere) February 12, 2021
Fantastic Four or X-Men?
How we are all going to look when the aerospace engineer isn’t Reed Richards or Hank Mccoy: pic.twitter.com/FXECzoBlH2— Star Wars & Marvel (@starwarsmcu) February 13, 2021
Expect this meme to make the rounds times 4. pic.twitter.com/TjGkaLmAZw— Tim Maloney (He/Him) (@timmal510) February 12, 2021
Bout to be real disappointed if we don’t see Reed Richards next week on #WandaVision
Also gonna be disappointed if the role is played by anybody not named John Krasinski or Ioan Gruffudd pic.twitter.com/aL8Lo0B6ll— Mateo Gallardo (@salvadoranart) February 12, 2021
If we get to see Reed Richards in episode 7 of WandaVision I will lose my mind 🤯 pic.twitter.com/9OVkgjGc66— HUNTER (@theawkwardbeing) February 12, 2021
New episodes of Marvel's WandaVision premiere Fridays on Disney+.
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