The season finale of Loki kicked up conversations all through the Marvel fandom. Who is that this Kang the Conqueror? Where may the collection probably go in its now inevitable 2nd season? What does the actor behind Jar Jar Binks need to say about all this, and which Fantastic Four hero does he need to play now?
Well that final one may not have been one of many extra burning questions permeating the web, however that does not imply it wasn’t answered. Ahmed Best himself, identified for taking part in Jar Jar Binks within the Star Wars prequel trilogy (and in a number of episodes of The Clone Wars) determined to not solely enter the ever-present Marvel discourse, however even went one step additional by providing up a slightly impressed casting suggestion.
Just a few days after Loki‘s season finale dropped on Disney Plus, movie critic and professor Zaki Hasan posed a thought on Twitter concerning the newly revealed multi-dimensional villain Kang the Conqueror (referred to on the present as “He Who Remains”). He mused that, since Kang is supposedly a far off descendant of Fantastic Four‘s Reed Richards, and the character is being performed by Black actor Jonathan Majors, it stands to motive that Reed Richards (a.ok.a. Mr. Fantastic) can and also needs to be performed by a Black actor when he is lastly launched into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Best quoted the tweet, voicing his help after which some by saying “Officially throwing my hat in that ring.” In a slightly heartwarming show, his replies had been shortly crammed with supportive followers enthusiastically agreeing with the concept. One consumer humorously prompt that the “hat” Best threw within the metaphorical ring ought to be the Jar Jar Binks-shaped one he wore whereas filming the Star Wars films, whereas others gave in to their dad-like nature and praised the concept as “the BEST choice” earlier than shortly displaying themselves out.
Seeing Mr. Fantastic portrayed by a Black actor will surely not be an unprecedented transfer, as Michael B. Jordan performed the position of the sometimes white Johnny Storm in the latest movie adaptation of Fantastic Four. Casting Best within the position wouldn’t solely add much more a lot wanted variety to the MCU, however may additionally give Best the actual shot he deserves at one other probably career-defining position. Best notoriously suffered years of poisonous torment from Star Wars followers for his portrayal of Jar Jar Binks, so casting him in a lead position like this feels just like the least he is owed.
Of course, some could argue that Marvel ought to focus extra on appearing expertise than pores and skin coloration. But whereas that time would possibly make sense on the floor, the actual fact is that each variety and efficiency might be equal priorities with out compromising on both one. Representation issues, and this casting alternative would possibly simply be the “Best” thought for everybody, even when John Krasinski has additionally proven his personal curiosity.
Fantastic Four is at the moment in improvement at Marvel Studios.
Source: Ahmed Best/Twitter