The 'James Bond' actor turned down the role because of concerns about the pandemic.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness is the latest release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the multiverse portal unleashed, it featured a wide range of characters from across the MCU which made for an exciting watch for fans. The film opened the gateways for a variety of new content to be introduced including the movies planned for the Next Phase of the MCU. We saw many new faces in the film across the universes from alternate realities coming together in the aftermath of Doctor Strange's actions in the preceding films.
We have to warn you, there are spoilers ahead!
In the film, we saw some actors reprise their roles in an alternate reality where they played another version of themselves. Then there were the new entrants bringing life to the new characters from the comics. This includes Xochitl Gomez who played America Chavez; Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau / Captain Marvel, an alternate version of her character from Captain Marvel; Anson Mount as Blackagar Boltagon / Black Bolt, an alternate version of his role from Marvel's series Inhumans; and John Krasinski as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic, a member of the Fantastic Four. Sir Patrick Stewart also reprised his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X from X-Men. In the mid-credits scene, we meet Charlize Theron who plays Clea.
Another big name who could have made his MCU debut but turned down the role is Daniel Craig. According to Justin Kroll, Senior Film Reporter at Deadline, he had to turn down an important role because of the pandemic. In a tweet he shared, "Fun fact, Krasinski wasn’t the first choice [as Mr. Fantastic], the actor originally set to play the role was all set to shoot but when there was an uptick in COVID cases, he backed out as he was living in London and didn’t think the quick shoot wasn’t worth risk of bringing back COVID to the fam." The role in the film is not a big one, but it could turn out to be a bigger role with a Fantastic Four movie planned as part of Phase Four of MCU. As long as it is a prequel or set in another universe.
Fun fact, Krasinski wasn’t the first choice, the actor originally set to play the role was all set to shoot but when there was an uptick in COVID cases, he backed out as he was living in London and didn’t think the quick shoot wasn’t worth risk of bringing back COVID to the fam pic.twitter.com/sD9nT0omki— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) May 14, 2022
On the other hand, The Direct published that the former James Bond actor was supposed to be cast in The Multiverse of Madness but not as Mr. Fantastic. They reported that he was supposed to be a part of The Illuminati as Balder the Brace. But that does not have to mean Craig will not be a part of the MCU in the future.
Previously, Stewart and Ryan Reynolds had denied being involved in the film. "You know, people have been imitating my voice ever since I came on the stage 60 years ago. So, I can't be held responsible for that," Stewart had stated. While Reynolds had said, "I’m promising, I’m not in the movie." Only one of them ended up telling the truth about their involvement.