‘Fantastic Four’ Casts Ralph Ineson As Galactus, John Malkovich Joins In Mystery Role

It was a big day of casting for Marvel’s long-awaited Fantastic Four movie. While the First Family of superheroes has already been set with Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Joseph Quinn, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach, with Julia Garner to play the Shalla-Bal version of Silver Surfer, and Paul Walter Hauser in an unknown role, two more key additions have joined the film. That includes someone to play the ultimate destroyer of worlds, Galactus.

According to THR, Game of Thrones actor Ralph Ineson will play Galactus in The Fantastic Four. One of the most deadly threats in the entire Marvel Universe, Galactus is imbued with incredible cosmic power, which he bestows upon his heralds including the Silver Surfer. But to sustain himself, Galactus must feed on the energies of other planets, and when he targets Earth it draws him into conflict with the Fantastic Four.

Ineson’s versatility has seen him play Amycus Carrow in the Harry Potter franchise, Dagmer Cleftjaw on Game of Thrones, he had a role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and he’s even been part of the MCU before with a small role as a Ravager pilot in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Meanwhile, the great John Malkovich has also joined the cast in a mystery role. Some speculation out there has him playing the villain Mole Man, a part that I hoped for Hauser.  If this were years ago I’d say Malkovich would make a great Doctor Doom, but Marvel will want to go much younger for that one. But perhaps he’d make a great Nathaniel Richards? Just sayin’.

The Fantastic Four opens July 25th 2025.

Travis Hopson
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