Chris Evans wants to reprise his role as the Human Torch, but the perfect Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to do it in has already come out.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness took the Marvel Cinematic Universe on a roller coaster ride throughout various worlds while also featuring variants of Marvel heroes. Some of these were familiar to fans of previous movies, while some were new versions of characters still not introduced in the MCU. One of those was John Krasinski’s Mr. Fantastic, who was the sole representative of the Fantastic Four in the film. Another member would have been perfect to show up, but now that ship has likely sailed.
Before playing Captain America in the MCU, Chris Evans portrayed Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch in the 2000s Fantastic 4 movies. This, along with a few other elements, could have been cool Easter Eggs in Multiverse of Madness, but that film was likely the only place for it to have felt organic. Now, there’s really nowhere for Evans to reprise his most fiery role yet.
Chris Evans recently commented that he would be interested in playing the Human Torch again. The introduction of the multiverse means that anything’s possible with these movies, especially concerning previous film iterations of familiar superheroes. That ceiling was already broken with Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which both the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man and the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man returned to fight alongside Tom Holland’s version.
Unfortunately, the time to do so was in Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness. That movie explored the multiverse as a whole, namely having a different version of Doctor Strange show up. The film also featured the multiversal Illuminati, where Krasinski’s Reed Richards made his debut. If he really wanted to play the Human Torch again, Evans should have done so in that movie. Sure, he wouldn’t have been the same Johnny Storm from the Tim Story Fantastic 4 movies, but it would have satisfied the needs of the Easter Egg. Another interesting fact is that Krasinski once auditioned to play Captain America, which could have led to a few jokes. That would have been on top of Doctor Strange looking at him and assuming that he’s Captain America, to which Johnny could have slyly responded that he thought Cap was just a comic book character or something to that effect.
This appearance would have been very natural since the movie was exploring the multiverse. Having the guy who played Captain America play someone else would feel incredibly forced in any other scenario, though this likely won’t keep Marvel Studios from milking the multiverse as a concept. Though nothing’s confirmed at the moment, many fans are already talking up a Secret Wars movie, one based off of the multiversal new version of the story instead of the original 1980s Secret Wars.
It’s honestly way too early to even be planning such a film, especially with Phase Four still being so ill-defined compared to the previous smash hit phases. Nevertheless, this is honestly the only place where Evans could show up again as Johnny, and if anything, he’ll more than likely be a variant of Cap instead. One way to do both would be to have a legion of Cap variants, perhaps none of whom are played by Evans. Finally, Evans appears out of a portal, surrounded by the Cap variants. Strange or some other familiar MCU hero asks if he’s the Captain America, before he flames on and asks who that is.
As mentioned, that movie is — or at least should be — years away from seeing theaters, so it’s not likely that Johnny will be flaming on any time soon. Evans and Marvel Studios have missed their chance for this cameo to work, torching nostalgia for his other big superhero role to be reprised.
Timothy Blake Donohoo is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he majored in Communication and minored in Creative Writing.
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