Fantastic 4 Art Turns MacFarlane’s The Orville Captain

Fun new Fantastic 4 fan art transforms Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville captain Ed Mercer into Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic. Seth MacFarlane’s captain from The Orville becomes the Fantastic 4’s Reed Richards in new fan art. It’s been seven years since 20th Century Fox last tried to make a movie franchise out of classic Marvel comics title The Fantastic Four. But now of course Fox has been absorbed into Disney, firing fan hopes that Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm will soon make their MCU debut.

Indeed Disney seems happy to at least tease the possibility of The Fantastic Four joining the MCU, as they gave Reed Richards a brief cameo in the new blockbuster Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. And just to make fans that much more excited, Disney even went along with fancasting dreams by hiring John Krasinski to play Richards. Of course no further Fantastic Four plans have been announced and indeed Krasinski’s appearance as Richards in Doctor Strange 2 could still turn out to have been an amusing one-off. If in fact Krasinski doesn’t end up scoring the role of Richards in a seemingly-inevitable Fantastic Four MCU movie, there might be a new contender for the role. In new fan art, BossLogic tweaks an image of The Orville creator and star MacFarlane as his character Ed Mercer to look like Reed Richards, and it’s sort of perfect.

Fancasting Reed Richards is of course a popular pastime on the internet, which is no surprise given how beloved The Fantastic Four remains in the eyes of fans. Obviously Krasinski is and has long been the front-runner to play Richards at least among the fanbase, and his recent Doctor Strange 2 cameo seems to give him a leg up in reality too. But other actors have in fact been put forth as candidates to play Reed Richards, including such big names as Colin Farrell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Lincoln, Jon Hamm and Keanu Reeves. MacFarlane on the other hand is not a performer who often shows up in Reed Richards fancasting rundowns. Of course Boss Logic’s new MacFarlane-as-Richards fan art is less about fancasting The Fantastic Four and more about the artist noting how much the uniforms on The Orville resemble the iconic Fantastic Four costumes. But in fact MacFarlane does look like a proper Reed Richards in the image and perhaps his name should be thrown into the mix more often. On the other hand, it could be argued that the comedy-leaning MacFarlane really doesn’t have the dramatic chops to play the leader of the Fantastic Four. As of now, Krasinski remains the front-runner to become Richards when/if that MCU Fantastic 4 movie comes to fruition, but of course nothing is set in stone.

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Rory Kinnear Explains How He Made Each of His Men

Rory Kinnear, one of the stars in Alex Garland’s newest film, Men, explains how he makes playing each of his multiple characters in the film have a unique presence and personality on screen. Kinnear is known for past roles such as Detective Robert Nock in The Imitation Game and Tanner in Spectre. He also plays twin brothers in HBO Max’s pirate comedy, Our Flag Means Death. In Men, Kinnear plays several different characters that appear in a small town in the English countryside while Harper (played by Jessie Buckley) is there on vacation. Some of these characters include Geoffrey, Harpers’ host in the house she rents, a policeman, a vicar, and a boy. One of the eerie characters that Kinnear also plays in the film is titled “The Green Man”, and is based on pagan folklore according to Garland.

Kinnear details in an interview with EW how he manages to make each of the characters that he plays in Men feel like their own unique person. One technique which Kinnear used to ensure each character feels three dimensional and distinct, was to write biographies of each character before filming began. Not only did this help Kinnear grasp the nuances between each character that he plays in the film, but he also describes it being a practical element to filming as it helped him transition in and out of the different characters more quickly. Aside from this, Kinnear also consulted with the hair, makeup, and costume design departments along with Garland while creating the characters in order have their individual personalities and manners reflected in the look of the character. I was really clear when I first met Alex that I didn’t want people leaving the film just talking about the fact that one actor played all these parts. It had to mean something. I had to make sure that each one was as credible and fully-rounded as the other.

Kinnear also mentions that although he did not practice staying in character between takes, he noticed that the cast and crew treated him differently depending on what character he was playing each day. For instance, while in costume for Geoffrey, the most amiable character out of the several that Kinnear plays, people on set were more smartstreammovie likely to approach him as opposed to when he played the more ominous character of the vicar. These differences in how the cast and crew communicated with Kinnear on set depending on which character he was dressed as, highlights not only the power of makeup and costume in transforming a person’s overall disposition, but also attests to his dedication to the characters while filming.

The work Kinnear put in to every character in Men, both on screen and behind the scenes, such as taking the time to fully understand where each of the different characters he plays is coming from, should make it so that the choice to have Kinnear in several different roles is a device in the film rather than a distraction. Kinnear has shown a range in his acting abilities over his career from comedies such as Our Flag Means Death to playing Macbeth live on stage with National Theatre Live. Now with Men, viewers will get a chance to see how much his adaptability as an actor comes into play while portraying many different characters in the same film. Viewers will have to judge for themselves whether his performances are compelling enough to make them feel like each character is its own person despite all of them being played by Kinnear when they see Men, which is currently in theaters.