UPDATE: We later would learn that it may not be that Craig was the original choice for Mr. Fantastic, but rather was hired to play Balder the Great, the Illuminati’s Thor equivalent. As he was once almost meant to play the God of Thunder, it’s no surprise that they wanted to add that meta-joke but ended up getting their hands on bringing a popular fan casting to live.
The arrival of John Krasinski in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a fan-casting gone wild. While his future as the character was left uncertain, it definitely left quite an impact on viewers, as he’s been one of the top favorites for quite some time now. Yet, it turns out that may have just been a happy accident as Deadline’s Justin Kroll revealed they initially had someone else as their first choice for the role, but they couldn’t join due to COVID.
As teased by Elizabeth Olsen, she hadn’t met any of the Illuminati members that died by her hand. Barstool Sports’ Robbie Fox points out that this is mainly due to scheduling conflicts, which makes sense given the time it was being filmed, but Kroll revealed that the pandemic also was the reason their first choice didn’t fly out of London to film for the role. And going by the GIF included, it seems their initial plan was for it to be Daniel Craig.
Craig would’ve been quite a curious choice. The star was on a high with his last run as James Bond 007 after No Time to Die. So, many might’ve not expected him to arrive in another blockbuster franchise like this. Yet, some may argue that him not being willing to fly out actually gave many the fan casting they’ve dreamt about for some time now. So, it all kind of came together for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness after all. Yet, somewhere in the vast multiverse, Craig ended up flying out there and is that universe’s Mr. Fantastic.