John Krasinski Sarcastically Addresses Those ‘Fantastic Four’ Rumors

The world is in chaos right now. Every time you turn on the TV it’s reports of more deaths due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re all sheltered inside and might be for a longtime. It’s tough, but John Krasinski has been trying to keep things lively with his upbeat show Some Good News. Already it’s provided a number of viral moments to make us all feel better, but Krasinski may have used it to throw some shade at a popular superhero rumor regarding the Fantastic Four.

Social media was buzzing overnight with rumors that Krasinski had a virtual meeting with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige. Why? For the role of Reed Richards in a Fantastic Four movie, of course. It’s a role fans have long dream-cast Krasinski for, and he has been vocal in his desire to play it.

But in a recent Some Good News episode, Krasinski made a comment that appears to be aimed straight at those Fantastic Four rumors.

“There’s this four-paneler, which I have to appreciate. As it’ll be the closest I’ll ever get to playing a comic-book hero,” Krasinski says,with a smirk reminiscent of Jim from The Office.

This is, at minimum, Krasinski’s acknowledgment that he’s following the rumors and is enjoying them. Some have taken this as his way of shooting down any hopes of playing Reed Richards, but I don’t think so. He’s telling us it’ll never happen, but shooting us a look that suggests sarcasm. He could also be referencing his failed attempt to win the Captain America role, losing out to Chris Evans.

Watch the video below and decide for yourself. It’s right at the very beginning.


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.