Twitter Wants the ‘Always Sunny’ Cast to Play the Fantastic Four
If Disney was brave enough to cast the core four of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as the titular team of their upcoming Fantastic Four film, it would be the greatest casting decision ever made since Charlie and Mac decided that Dolph Lundgren should smell crime.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is gearing up for its third attempt at bringing Reed Richards, Sue and Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm to the big screen in a way that isn’t Razzie-worthy after the first two iterations of Fantastic Four movie adaptations failed in the modest task. To handle the hopefully-not-awful hard reboot of Marvel’s original superhero squad, Disney executives brought in Matt Shakman, a director who has ample experience working with teams who always seem to find themselves at the center of a disaster — before producing and directing WandaVision, his first and critically lauded Marvel project, Shakman directed 43 episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia between 2007 and 2017.
“I've learned so much from working on It's Always Sunny over the years,” Shakman said of his time on the iconic sitcom during a recent interview about his Fantastic Four film with ComicBook.com. “Those guys bring a unique combination of playfulness and precision, and I think you have to have both of those things in everything you make.” If satirical cinephile Twitter had their way, that playfulness and precision would follow Shakman into the Disney lot along with a cloud of booze breath.
Judging from the replies to the viral thread, this apparently needs clarification — no, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton were not actually cast in the new The Fantastic Four film. @DisbussinFilm is a clearly labeled parody account that just unintentionally created the best possible fantasy cast for the film. Though logic would follow that the only woman in the main cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia would play the only woman on the superhero team, Dee's talents (and vocal impressions) would be much better spent on bringing The Thing to life while Mac undergoes his most challenging physical transformation yet in becoming The Invisible Woman.
Of course, the casting announcement leaves out one key part of the Sunny team, presumably so that, in the third act twist, we learn that Dr. Mantis Toboggan’s secret surname is actually Doom.