“Johnny Storm, I think he didn’t really get the success he deserved. That was before Marvel found his footing…I loved that role.”
Currently promoting Buzz Lightningthe spin-off of Toy Story of which he lends his voice to the hero, Chris Evans explained a few days ago to ComicBook.com that he didn’t count not come back in the captain america costumecharacter he played from 2011 to 2019 for Marvel: “It seems like something people would like to see so I don’t want to disappoint anyone, but it seems difficult to me… It was such a great adventure and I’m so happy about it. It’s so precious to me. For for me to come back would have to be perfect. It would just be scary to stir up something that is so dear to me. This role means so much to me. So to revisit it would mean accepting a huge challenge, it would take a massive project .”
Interviewed by MTV since then, he has clarified that he would see himself on the other hand returning to the costume of Johnny Storm, alias The Human Torch in Fantastic Four. “That would be nice, wouldn’t it? No one ever told me about it, and I know I don’t look the same anymore. That was 15…almost 20 years ago. Oh my God, I’m old! But I really like this character. I think they’re up to something with Fantastic Four ? (…) I’d love it. It would be easier to sell me that than a return to Cape Town. You see what I mean ? Cap is too precious for me, I don’t want to pervert this beautiful experience. But Johnny Storm, I don’t think he really had the success he deserved. It was before Marvel found its paw… I loved this role. So who knows?” Chris then takes the opportunity to congratulate Hayley Hatwell, who still plays Agent Carter (the first love of Steve Rogers/Captain America) at Marvel.
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To fully understand the extent of his return as Johnny Storm, you should know that he interpreted him in 2005 and 2007 for Tim Story, in blockbusters produced by 20th Century Fox which did well without knowing the crazy success of avengers, which followed some time later at Disney-Marvel. Then this story was remade (with Michael B. Jordan in his role, in 2015) just before the studio bought Fox and talked about a new blockbuster coming to Fantastic Four. It could be that several incarnations cross on the screen in this future blockbuster, since the establishment of the “multiverse” in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. There’s no word yet that the studio will bring back the original cast, or the next one, but it’s a possibility, on paper. Note that a new actor has appeared as Mr. Fantastic in the studio’s latest super-movie (if you want to know more, it’s herebut watch out for spoilers!).
Here is the interview with Chris Evans in VO:
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