FANTASTIC FOUR Actor Chris Evans Says He "Would Love" To Return As The Human Torch

FANTASTIC FOUR Actor Chris Evans Says He "Would Love" To Return As The Human Torch FANTASTIC FOUR Actor Chris Evans Says He "Would Love" To Return As The Human Torch

Before becoming Captain America, Chris Evans starred as the Human Torch in two Fantastic Four films. Now, the actor has revealed that he would be open to reprising the role should the opportunity arise.

By DanielKlissmman - Jun 17, 2022 08:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Fantastic Four
Source: MTV News

Chris Evans is now best known for his role as Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but before he wielded Captain America's mighty shield, he portrayed another superhero: Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch, in 2005's Fantastic Four and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

The films were not received well (Fantastic Four and its sequel hold 28% and 37% Rotten Tomatoes scores, respectively), but Evans is usually considered one of the best elements of the short-lived franchise. 

With his long tenure in the MCU (he played Captain America in ten movies, including a trilogy of his own and four Avengers films) and his successful career outside of the long-running franchise, it would be hard to imagine Evans revisiting Johnny Storm. However, he has revealed he would technically be open to returning as the Human Torch should the right situation arise. 

Evans sat down for an interview with MTV News to promote Lightyear (in which he voices Buzz Lightyear), where he was asked about a rumor that circulated in 2021 which claimed that he may be set to return as Johnny Storm, and whether he would be interested in taking on the role again. Evans stated he hadn't been approached about it, and reminisced about his time with the character:

"God, wouldn't that be great? [...] No, no one's ever come to me about that. I mean, I don't exactly look the same anymore. That was 15, almost 20 years ago. [...] But I really love that character. But I think... aren't they doing something now with Fantastic Four? 

Evans was then reminded of the Marvel multiverse, after which he explained that it would be easier for him to return as the Human Torch than as Captain America, given that he felt Johnny didn't get the same chance to shine that Steve Rogers had: 

"[I guess] all bets are off. Look, I would love it. I would love it. That would actually be an easier sell to me than coming back as Cap. [...] Cap is so precious to me. And [I] almost don't wanna disrupt what a beautiful experience that was. But Johnny Storm, I feel like he didn't really get his day. That was before Marvel really found its footing. So, I loved that role and, you know, who knows."

Before getting too excited about his quote, Evans was likely giving a courteous answer. By his response, it's clear that he appreciated Johnny Storm and his time playing him, but that doesn't necessarily equate to any plans actually being in place by Marvel Studios to make that a reality. 

Putting the Human Torch aside, there do appear to be tentative plans to bring the actor back as Steve Rogers sometime down the line. In January 2021, Deadline reported that he was in talks with the House of Ideas to reprise his role as Captain America in an undisclosed project. The story was quickly refuted by Evans on Twitter:

Deadline's report was later also refuted by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who stated during an interview with Entertainment Weekly:  "I rarely answer no to anything anymore because things are always surprising me with what happens, but that rumor, I think, was dispelled rather quickly by the man himself." 

Given Marvel Studios' secrecy, though, it's possible there is something in the works for Evans' version of Captain America at some point in the future.

Lightyear is currently playing in theaters. Evans can also be seen on Netflix's The Gray Man, slated to release on the platform on July 22, 2022. 

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DrReedRichards - 6/17/2022, 8:13 PM
Guilty pleasure.
The1st - 6/17/2022, 8:58 PM
@DrReedRichards - Guilty variant pleasure.
THEKENDOMAN - 6/17/2022, 8:14 PM
Another stupid story. This will never happen!
blitzkreg - 6/17/2022, 8:19 PM
TheHumanSpider2 - 6/17/2022, 9:07 PM
@blitzkreg - It depends...
ThouBear8 - 6/17/2022, 8:38 PM
He was fantastic as Johnny, then somehow even more fantastic as Cap, a completely different character in almost every way. Evans is a national treasure
SirDuckAlot - 6/17/2022, 8:45 PM
How about cloud Galactus? Everybody loves that character.
Ha1frican - 6/17/2022, 8:59 PM
I kinda feel like they missed the boat on that. If it was gonna happen I would have done it in Multiverse of Madness. Maybe it could be a thing in Loki or something but the whole multiverse variant shtick is already starting to wear thing
TheHumanSpider2 - 6/17/2022, 9:08 PM
You know what? [frick] it, take the Hank Pym route, focus these movies on the kids, and have the Fantastic Four as supporting characters, so we can get Chris as Johnny.
BritishMonkey - 6/17/2022, 9:14 PM
Yeah, why not.
Aside from them majorly dropping the ball on Doom, those films are otherwise actually more comic accurate than people want to believe. And those four were rather perfectly cast too.
SonOfAGif - 6/17/2022, 9:21 PM
I kept saying they shouldn't have went with the Illuminati but went with the Future Foundation instead using the original case of the Chris Evans fantastic 4 with Captain Carter as a variant and Eric Bana as Hulk again.
generictheeric - 6/17/2022, 11:17 PM
Good lord Marvel, bring him back for a What If episode! Seriously, you have a gold mine of a premise and you choose to squander it on a pretty lackluster crossover. They should really be using this opportunity to revisit non-MCU "legacy" universes. You can't tell me that hearing Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider, Wesley Snipes as Blade, or Hugh Jackman as Logan again wouldn't make for some awesome television.

VictorAlonzo - 6/17/2022, 11:25 PM
Chris Evans RETURNS TO MARVEL!!!!! 🍾 🍻 👏 💥 🥂💰💰💰💡👍🏽👍🏽 the human torch.

GeneralZod - 6/17/2022, 11:27 PM
Lokiwasright - 6/17/2022, 11:44 PM
Maybe he'll be smarter than reed richards

bobevanz - 6/18/2022, 4:46 AM
If only he showed up to tell Reed it's time to leave or something. Missed cameo, maybe for a what if episode
bkmeijer1 - 6/18/2022, 5:29 AM
I like how he's so careful about Cap, but with Human Torch he's like "yeah [frick] it, let's do it".

Would be fun if he returned as Human Torch. Or maybe even just shows up as himself in something like Wonder Man. The trades would go mad
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