When it comes to Marvel comic books turned into Movies, the "Fantastic Four" franchise has yet to be done justice on the big screen. That could change, if, and when, Disney is able to finally get their hands on property rights for certain Marvel assets from Fox. An actor who has appeared in the "failed" versions of the "F4" movies as Reed Richards is already lining up to make a move to the Marvel Cinematic Universe if he can.

Gruffudd wants to join MCU

There were two "Fantastic Four" movies released years ago which starred Jessica Alba as Sue Richards (aka The Invisible Woman), and Ian Gruffudd as Reed Richards (aka Mr.

Fantastic). While both movies were panned by audiences and critics, they are considered better than the reboot movie that was made in more recent years. That 2015 reboot attempt failed massively, achieving a measly nine percent rating score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Gruffudd spoke about being associated with the Reed Richards character in the other two films. When talking to Digital Spy, Gruffudd said he would love being part of the MCU, but wasn't sure if they'd used him as the same character or a different one. Gruffudd said, "I'm so renowned for Fantastic Four. But a couple of actors have [made the leap]." Unfortunately, the Fantastic Four may not join the new "Spider-Man" game.

Those other actors he is referring to are his co-star Chris Evans, and Michael B.

Jordan. Each of them played the character Johnny Storm (aka Human Torch) in the various "Fantastic Four" movies. In the MCU, Evans transitioned quite well into his role as Captain America. Michael B. Jordan played the villain Killmonger in the hit Marvel movie, "Black Panther."

Gruffudd as a Marvel villain?

Fans certainly received Chris Evans well, despite him playing another Marvel superhero.

In fact, it was quickly forgotten that he was The Human Torch. He's now portrayed Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) in multiple movies for the MCU. He was in "Avengers: Infinity War" and he'll be featured yet again in 2019's untitled "Avengers 4" film. Chris Pratt recently gave an interview about that film.

Michael B. Jordan was also considered a great villain as Killmonger when he joined the MCU.

Since Jordan was able to move from a bad "Fantastic Four" film into the role of a bad guy, Gruffudd could possibly do the same. He said, "Maybe [I could play] a baddie, this time? Now that I've established myself as somebody who can do that, that would be great."

There are a number of villains that have appeared in the Marvel comic books over the years, which could give plenty of options for Gruffudd in a future role. However, it would seem like poetic justice for Ian Gruffudd to return in his role as Reed Richards, in an expertly-created MCU version of the "Fantastic Four." First, Disney needs to acquire those property rights from 20th Century Fox.

Then the "first family" of superheroes can finally get their proper treatment on the big screen.

Correction (July 17th, 2018): A previous version of this article stated that the Human Torch's name is Johnny Blaze when it is actually Johnny Storm. Sorry.