John Krasinski wants to make the jump from Jim to Jack Ryan to ... Mr. Fantastic.

What’s going on?

  • Krasinski — one of the stars of “The Office” and the Amazon Prime “Jack Ryan” series — recently told Total Film (via Games Radar) that he would be interested in playing the role of Mr. Fantastic in a rebooted “Fantastic Four” series under the Marvel Cinematic Universe banner.
  • Krasinski said: “I would love to be in the Marvel universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly a lot of my friends are in those movies. I have no idea what [Marvel] are thinking. But if they are considering me for Mr. Fantastic, continue to consider me because I would love it.”
  • Krasinski said he doesn’t think he’s the right choice to direct a MCU film. “Oh man, directing one of those things? I don’t think I’m your guy. But if I was to act in one? I’d have so much fun.”

A little context

  • “Fantastic Four” is one of the trouble franchises in the Marvel world. 21st Century Fox owned the rights to the product, which saw two separate takes within the last two decades — one starring a young Chris Evans and the other Michael B. Jordan, who both went on to star in the MCU as Captain America and Killmonger, respectively.
  • But Disney bought 21st Century Fox in a major merger deal, granting the rights of the “Fantastic Four” franchise to Disney and, by association, Marvel studios.
  • A “Fantastic Four” reboot — like a possible “X-Men” reboot — is reportedly in the works with Marvel. Though it could be a long time until we see either of those franchises back on screen.