Five Actors Who Could Quench the Hunt for Villain Galactus in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ‘Fantastic Four’

Published 04/04/2024, 12:37 AM EDT

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to welcome back its founding family, The Fantastic Four. And fans are especially curious about who will take on the roles of the main villains. While official announcements are still pending, rumors suggest that Doctor Doom will have a minor part, and Galactus will take center stage as the primary antagonist. This revelation has sparked intense speculation about the actor who will bring the Devourer of Worlds to life. 

As discussions swirl around the upcoming project, here are five actors who could effortlessly morph into Galactus, while also making the character shine even brighter. 

Liam Neeson


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According to sources close to We Got This Covered, Marvel has been eyeing Liam Neeson to don the Galactus mantle in the MCU back in 2019. Neeson's track record of portraying wise characters like Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars and Ra's al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises, plus voicing Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia, parallels Galactus's persona. 

Neeson's experience with tough characters and his wide acting range makes him a great pick for Galactus in The Fantastic Four. Plus, his distinctive voice is both captivating and scary, perfect for villains. He could really add depth to Galactus.

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Some people, however, are still worried he might be too old and will not be able to stick with the role that could unfold over a decade.

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon has been in a bunch of really good movies, but it was when he played General Zod in the DC Extended Universe that everyone really noticed his talent. He has got this way of playing the bad guy in acclaimed works such as A Shape of Water and Man of Steel. Because of that, directors are always gunning to cast him in the role of antagonist. Given his track record, many in the industry believe he would excel in the role of Galactus.

Dropping Shannon's face into Galactus's signature helmet would undoubtedly be a fan-favorite move, possibly cranking up the fear factor even more than Josh Brolin's take on Thanos. With Shannon's age and impressive resume, he is practically a shoo-in to tackle the role of Galactus in the MCU, potentially becoming the franchise's next big bad. 

Mark Strong

When it comes to potential candidates who can play Galactus in the MCU, Mark Strong is one of the fan casts that stands head and shoulders above the rest. With his performances as Dr. Sivana in Shazam! and Sinestro in Green Lantern, he has proven himself adept at playing comic book villains. His gravelly voice and ability to portray characters with depth and rage make him an ideal choice for the role.

He has that rare ability to breathe life into any character, be it a virtuous hero or a nefarious villain - and everything in between. One can practically picture him, suave and commanding in a custom purple suit, engaging in verbal jousting with whichever hero or team stands in his way. Given his acting resume, Strong is tailor-made to tackle the role of Galactus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Gary Oldman

Regarded as one of the absolute best actors of all time, Gary Oldman could potentially bring Galactus to life in the MCU. Oldman's knack for disappearing into the skin of his characters is unparalleled, and his acting chops are second to none. With a storied career marked by memorable portrayals of menacing villains across the spectrum, Galactus would undoubtedly be a compelling addition to Oldman's impressive repertoire.

The actor has a knack for crafting characters that are distinctly unique, even when they share the shadows of darker narratives. His willingness to undergo transformations, including prosthetic enhancements, opens the door for one of the world's most revered actors to potentially tackle the role of Galactus in the MCU.

Antonio Banderas


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If there is anymore who has been fancasted more than Henry Cavill in the MCU, it is Antonio Banderas. Antonio Banderas often crops up as a surprising but widely supported choice to take on the role of Galactus in the MCU, and there is a good reason for it. Throughout his career, he has tackled several villainous characters, including his venture into the world of video game adaptations with Uncharted. With his celebrated acting talent, Banderas has the potential to deliver a nuanced and brooding portrayal of the Marvel villain.

Banderas has this special way of adding charm to every character he plays. Even if he is not the first person one would think of for a huge character like Galactus, Antonio Banderas could definitely make him seem more relatable, while also giving him that chilling vibe that gives Marvel villains their punch.


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Hriddhi Maitra

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Hriddhi Maitra is a Hollywood News reporter at Netflix Junkie. An enthusiastic movie buff, Hriddhi found her true calling when she worked as a Cinema Content Writer at My Cinema Story while analyzing movies objectively, and offering constructive feedback. Coming from a background where she worked in different niches like finance, food, travel, medicines, automobile, and entertainment, we can safely say she is a jack of all trades.

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