As Phase 4 comes to an end and Marvel Studio’s next round of announcements at D23 is near, no doubt the main focus of fan speculation is the MCU reboot of the Fantastic Four and just who has been cast as Marvel’s first family. While there’s definite interest in who will play Sue and Johnny Storm and Benjamin Grimm’s the Thing, the role of Reed Richards has been driving the conversation, and that is mainly because of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
In an interview with Empire, Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron discussed the film’s Reed Richards cameo and the Fantastic Four post-credits scene he penned for the original script.
According to the writer, he “always wanted Reed Richards” in Doctor Strange 2:
“That’s the big one, right? I always wanted Reed Richards in this thing.”
Before the Illuminati scene was even on the table, Waldron wrote Mr. Fantastic into the film’s original script via a post-credits scene set within the Baxter Building:
“In my very first draft, I wrote a tag just for the hell of it, of the events of the movie being recorded and reviewed by somebody in the Baxter Building, and a stretchy hand coming into frame to run it back. Reed is perhaps my favorite Marvel comics character so I was always gunning to get him in here somewhere.”
This scene seems to be a product of a different version of the Strange movie. as long as this was the film’s first draft, Waldron’s credits scene likely followed a movie where Mr. Fantastic wasn’t a member of the Illuminati which was ultimately slaughtered by Wanda.
This version of the character doesn’t necessarily represent the cast member who will be playing Reed Richards from the MCU’s Earth-616, because it was labeled in the film, with rumors surrounding the Fantastic Four movie’s casting beginning to swirl.
Going back to Waldron’s quote, it seems as if there may have also been an answer to a long-running question in his version of the Strange credits scene.