Chris Evans has indicated that it might be an “easier sell” to get him to reprise his role from 2005’s Fantastic Four than it would be to get him to play Steve Rogers / Captain America again.
In an interview with MTV News — as seen above at the 8-minute mark — Evans was asked if he had approached to return to the MCU via the multiverse as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, a character he portrayed in the pre-MCU film and its 2007 sequel.
“God, wouldn’t that be great?” the 41-year-old said. “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. Oh my god, I’m old. But I really love that character, but I think… aren’t they doing something now with Fantastic Four?”
Marvel has started work on a Fantastic Four reboot, although the project recently lost its attached director Jon Watts, who helmed the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man trilogy. Fans were given a surprise Fantastic Four cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessthough, when John Krasinski made an appearance as Reed Richards, aka Mister Fantastic.
“Look, I would love it,” Evans continued. “I would love it. That would actually be an easier sell to me than coming back as [Captain America]. You know what I mean? Cap is so precious to me. And you know, I almost don’t want to 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? ”
Fantastic Four and its sequel were moderate hits at the box office, but widely panned by critics. 20th Century Fox rebooted the series in 2015 — with another then-destined-for-the-MCU star in Michael B. Jordan — but that movie flopped commercially and was also critically derided. Now that the franchise is back under the control of Disney and Marvel, there’s plenty of opportunity to bring back the characters — and maybe even Evans.