Marvel Casting Director Explains How Marvel Fan Castings Affect the MCU


On an episode of the This Week in Marvel podcast, Marvel Studios Casting Director Sarah Finn explained how Marvel fan casting plays a part in the whole process.

As fans of one of the most successful franchises in the world, it’s only natural for us to have our own Marvel fan casts. We review the plethora of actors and actresses we know who will perfectly embody our favorite comic book heroes. Luckily for us, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers were perfect. They became the characters they represent inside and outside the MCU.

We recently discovered that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige cast actor John Krasinski to play Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness as a fan service. Director Sam Raimi revealed this information in the film’s additional features on Disney+.

“It’s so funny that Kevin cast John because fans were dreaming of who the perfect Reed Richards would be, and because it’s an alternate universe, I think Kevin said, ‘Let’s make that dream come true. I’ve always really enjoyed all of his performances.

So, this reveal hints that Marvel fan casting plays a role in deciding who becomes the next Marvel superhero. However, that’s not always true for the Marvel Studios casting director. While following Marvel fan casting can bring joy to fans, it can also be a double-edged sword.

Sarah Finn has been Marvel Studios’ casting director since 2008’s Iron Man. Her role as casting director allowed us to see Chris Evans don Captain America’s iconic shield. She’s also the reason Iman Vellani got the role of Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel. She truly is Marvel’s unsung heroine.

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Marvel Studios Casting Director on Marvel Fan Castings

On an episode of the This Week In Marvel podcast, Finn mentioned that Marvel fan casting affects them in ways that add to their “sense of pressure, responsibility, and passion.” She goes on to say that while they recognize fan expectations, they sometimes go in a somewhat opposite direction. To keep things running smoothly, they choose to create a “blank slate” for the actors where they can get their work done without the added external pressure.

The Direct shares the full transcript of his lyrics here:

I think it just affects us in terms of always, it’s not like we don’t show up already wanting to do our best every day and hoping that we’re going to do it right all the time, but I think if anything, we so badly want it to work, to have fun, for everyone to enjoy it, and for the fans to be successful. So I think that just adds to that sense of pressure and responsibility and passion… And then the fans, like you were saying, there’s fan castings, there’s fan expectations, and sometimes , it can be awesome and really fun to watch , but sometimes people might not know that we’re headed in a really different direction here so it’s irrelevant but we can’t really talk about it, but I hope you will enjoy it, so there are also things that we cannot participate in the process. So what we’re hoping to do is create a kind of blank slate for the actors where they can go in with their instincts and do their best without having all these outside thoughts and pressures on them, and then we figure it out together.

Finn’s words only proved that Marvel Studios listens to the demands of their loyal fans. John Krasinski’s Mr. Fantastic is a good example. However, aside from Krasinki’s short-lived MCU stint, other actors are expected to appear in future MCU films. Some of them are the possibility of Taron Egerton becoming the new Wolverine and Bryce Dallas Howard becoming the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman.

What are your best Marvel fan castings? Share them with us in the comment box below!

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