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Vegas Sportsbook Gambles on Giancarlo Esposito for Dr. Doom Role

The high from the season finale of The Mandalorian may still keep those who follow the space Western series abuzz, and thanks to actor Giancarlo Esposito's ability to play a villain well, Moff Gideon won't be his last 'big bad' role.

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, unless it's Comicbook reporting the bets that Vegas Sportsbook Bovada placed on which actor would take up the role of Dr. Victor von Doom in the recently announced Fantastic Four reboot. Trailing behind Esposito's lead are actors Cillian Murphy, Michael Fassbender, and Viggo Mortensen.

If Espositio's odds are in his favor, this will herald his introductory role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Doom wasn't the only character that odds were rolled out for and the gambling hub broke down the top picks for Marvel's First Family.

Predictably paving the way for Reed Richards and Sue Storm - Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman themselves - are John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. Fantastic Four fans have been asking for the Krasinski-Blunt duo to take on these iconic roles, but these frontrunners are in competition with John David Washington, Gleen Howerton, Rose McIver, and Alice Eve.

Zac Efron and Anthony Ramos are ahead in the rankings to play Johnny "the Human Torch" Storm by Vegas Sportsbook Bovada's accords. Taron Egerton, Riz Ahmed, and Dacre Montgomery are also in the running but overshadowed by Liam Hemsworth and Andrew Garfield, all clambering to claim Chris Evans' first Marvel role, who passed along the shield and stepped down from his Captain America mantle in Avengers: Endgame.

The betting site sets up Stephen Graham and Dean Norris for grabs at Ben "the Thing" Grimm's last-but-not-least membership in the Fantastic Four. Ricky Whittle, John Cena, Jared Keeso, and The Boys' Laz Alonso could also find themselves among the top picks.

These predictions sprouted days after Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced an official Fantastic Four reboot, which is in its early phases of development and yet to score release date. There might be strong evidence within the betting numbers, but there's still no saying who might show up just yet.


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