Emily Blunt squashes 'Fantastic Four' rumors, says superhero genre has 'been exhausted'
- Emily Blunt is a fan-favorite to play Sue Storm in the MCU's upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot.
- But Blunt said that she doesn't like superhero movies and that they leave her feeling "cold."
- Blunt came close to playing Black Widow in the MCU, but was contracted to do "Gulliver's Travels."
Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski have often been touted as potential castings as the Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic, respectively, in Marvel's upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot.
However, Blunt has seemingly squashed those rumors in a new interview with The Howard Stern Show, saying that superhero movies in general are "not up [her] alley."
"That is fan-casting. No one has received a phone call," Blunt said of the "Fantastic Four" rumors. "That's just people saying, 'Wouldn't that be great?'"
Blunt explained that while taking on a role in a superhero movie isn't "beneath [her]," she isn't sure if superhero films are for her, referencing how close she came to being in the MCU in 2010 when she was offered the role "Black Widow" in "Iron Man 2."
"I love Iron Man and when I got offered Black Widow I was obsessed with Iron Man. I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr. It would've been amazing," Blunt said. "But I don't know if superhero movies are for me. They're not up my alley. I don't like them. I really don't.
"It's been exhausted," she continued. "We are inundated-it's not only all the movies, it's the endless TV shows as well. It's not to say that I'd never want to play one, it would just have to be something so cool and like a really cool character, and then I'd be interested."
Blunt has been a fan-favorite choice for the role of the Invisible Woman, AKA Sue Storm, since it was announced that Marvel Studios are remaking their own "Fantastic Four" movie.
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While Blunt may have some reservations about the role, her husband John Krasinski has previously said he would "love to be in the Marvel universe."
"I love those movies because they're fun, but I also think they're really well done," Krasinski said. "I have no idea what [Marvel] are thinking. But if they are considering me for Mr. Fantastic, continue to consider me because I would love it."
However, while no official casting announcements have been made, the reboot does have a director - Jon Watts, who directs all three of the MCU's "Spider-Man" movies, will be at the helm.
The first "Fantastic Four" movie came out in 2005 and starred eventual Captain America actor Chris Evans as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), Sue's brother. A sequel was made in 2007 before the franchise was given a reboot in 2015. All three movies were critically panned.
Still, Blunt told Howard how close she came to joining the MCU in "Iron Man 2" as Black Widow. Blunt was offered the role, but was forced to turn it down as she was contracted to do "Gulliver's Travels" instead.
"I was contracted to do 'Gulliver's Travels.' I didn't want to do 'Gulliver's Travels,'" Blunt said, recalling how the decision was out of her hands because she was drafted into the "optional picture" deal she signed with 20th Century Fox after starring in "The Devil Wears Prada."
She called being forced to step aside from Black Widow "a bit of a heartbreaker," while the part eventually went to Scarlett Johansson who went on to play Natasha Romanoff in eight different MCU movies. She will appear as the character for the ninth time in her upcoming solo movie "Black Widow."
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