Marvel Studios announced The Fantastic Four cast on February 14, with Ebon Moss-Bachrach confirmed as Ben Grimm/The Thing in the MCU. However, it's worth noting that Moss-Bachrach wasn't the only actor in consideration for the role. "Oppenheimer" star David Krumholtz expressed interest in playing Ben Grimm/The Thing in the upcoming Marvel project.

David Krumholtz has recently made a comeback in Hollywood. He gained fame in the early 2000s with roles in movies like 10 Things I Hate About You and The Santa Clause franchise as Bernard the head elf. Now, his role in Oppenheimer has brought him back into the spotlight. Now, it seems David Krumholtz is interested in joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The actor recently disclosed to Entertainment Weekly that he had a meeting with the film's director, Matt Shakman, regarding the possibility of portraying Ben Grimm.


It’s been a big, sort of unabashedly craven goal of mine to be part of the MCU in some way. I met [director] Matt Shakman for Ben Grimm."

"I only met him on the strength of a Twitter post or an Instagram post that I then took down two hours after I posted it," he continued. "I was embarrassed. My post said, 'I just want to be in the conversation.' And it was a picture of the Thing, and Matt saw it somehow. And I had a meeting with him and we discussed it. And I’ve never been so bold in a meeting before, just begging for the role, just straight up selling the shit out of it, the idea of how committed and passionate I was for it. But obviously, that didn’t happen."


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He added that although he was eager to secure the role, he holds no hard feelings towards Ebon Moss-Bachrach, who was announced as Marvel Studios' Ben Grimm in a surprising Valentine's Day-themed casting announcement earlier this month.


I think Ebon Moss-Bachrach is a really great choice," Krumholtz said. "It makes way more sense in some ways."


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However, he has shifted his focus to a different character and actively pushing to portray the Fantastic Four villain Mole Man.


It’s not a joke at all," Krumholtz admitted. "I mean, it’s a shoe-in for Mole Man, isn’t it? But I don’t know. I’ll do anything Marvel tells me to. I’ll probably end up playing like a superhero’s therapist. Let’s face it. There’s slim pickings for guys like me in that world, unfortunately. I’m old and I’m not in any kind of acceptable shape. So we’ll see how that works out, if it works out at all."


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Since the age of eleven, Krumholtz has been a devoted Marvel Comics fan and would deeply appreciate the opportunity to work out.


I grew up reading Marvel comics. It was all I read," he said. "I wasn’t a big DC guy. I just read Marvel and it became an obsession. I even worked at a comic book store before I became an actor, and I got paid in comics. I was 11. So when Marvel started making films, it was mind-blowing. I remember thinking when I was a kid reading these comics that these would be amazing films, but they couldn’t do them. There wasn’t the technology to do them properly. And suddenly there was, and suddenly they were getting it all right. And they were true to the costumes and true to every little detail."


The Fantastic Four's first official MCU film will feature Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm/The Thing, alongside Vanessa Kirby from Mission: Impossible as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Joseph Quinn from Stranger Things as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, and Pedro Pascal from The Last of Us as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic. The film is slated for release on July 25, 2025.