The Silver Surfer is officially coming to the MCU in 2025 – and the casting couldn’t be better

The Silver Surfer is officially coming to the MCU in

A Fantastic Four reboot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been on the horizon for years. Now the project is finally becoming concrete. After the main cast was announced in mid-February, the next exciting news about the cast of the comic blockbuster arrives and confirms the first villain of the film.

In The Fantastic Four, the titular superhero family faces none other than this Silver Surfers to do. It is one of the most famous Marvel villains. He was last seen on the big screen in the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Casting coup in the MCU: Netflix star Julia Garner plays the Silver Surfer in the new Fantastic Four film

As the Hollywood Reporter reports, the casting has been confirmed. Julia Garner plays the Silver Surfer in the MCU. There were rumors months ago that Marvel had decided to consider a female cast for the reboot. Now we have confirmation. Garner embodies that Shalla Bal version of the Silver Surfer.


Julia Garner in Ozark

The Silver Surfer first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1966 in the 48th issue of Fantastic Four. At that time the antagonist was considered Harbinger of the villain Galactus introduced, which is an entity that devours entire planets. This Silver Surfer was an alien astronomer named Norrin Radd.

Shalla-Bal is a character who later appeared as Immortal Empress of Zenn-La and Norrin Radd’s lover was introduced. She made her Marvel debut in 1968 in the first issue of the Silver Surfer comic series. In the animated series Silver Surfer she was voiced by Camilla Scott. Now Garner takes over.

As Deadline’s Justin Kroll reveals on Twitter, the Silver Surfer is not yet the main villain in The Fantastic Four. Instead, it also seems to us new version of Galactus to be expected in the MCU. This was also an important part of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007.

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According to Kroll, however, there is no concrete name yet for the cast. Although filming on The Fantastic Four is set to begin soon, some positions are still open. It would also be conceivable that, in addition to Garner as Shalla-Bal, a new version of Norrin Radd could also appear in the MCU – i.e. two potential Silver Surfers.

Julia Garner as Silver Surfer in The Fantastic Four is one of the most exciting Marvel castings in a long time

Garner is one of the currently most interesting actresses Hollywood. She became known through the Netflix series Ozark, in which she starred as Ruth Langmore for four seasons. She was also part of the cast of miniseries such as Maniac and Inventing Anna. She most recently impressed in the cinema in the survival thriller The Royal Hotel.

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Julia Garner in The Assistant

She delivers her most impressive performance to date in the 2019 drama The Assistant. There she played Jane, an employee in a film production company abusive power structures be on the agenda. At the time, the film was primarily seen as a reaction to the Weinstein scandal in Hollywood.

With the casting of Garner as the Silver Surfer, Marvel is making a clear statement: No matter how many Fantastic Four films we have already seen in the cinema (failed), this one will different, fresh and unexpected. Overall, the ensemble arouses curiosity with its exciting mix of well-known and up-and-coming names.

The cast of The Fantastic Four at a glance:

When does The Fantastic Four start with the Silver Surfer?

The Fantastic Four opens on July 24, 2025 in German cinemas. The film is directed by Matt Shakman, who has already produced the acclaimed series WandaVision in the MCU. The latest version of the script comes from Eric Pearson (Black Widow, Thor 3) and is said to be set in New York in the 1960s.