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Chris Evans On Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch In FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot

Before he was Captain America, to the world, Chris Evans was the man who knew how to play with fire in the Fantastic Four movies, Johnny Storm. Considering Torch was one of the focal points in Fox’s first crack at the franchise back in 2005, it was always known that as newcomer to the role, Michael B. Jordan was going to have some hefty shoes to fill. How do you top the guy that went on to play an Avenger? Well, Evans had some words to say on the matter by way of the New York Daily News:

“It’s so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don’t want someone else to do it. But when you hear someone phenomenal is doing it, it’s very exciting like you almost can’t wait…. I couldn’t even give that guy any advice if I wanted, that guy is so good. It’s exciting to see what he’s going to do, because I know he’s going to reinvent it in a way that I could never have imagined… It’s almost like we’re sharing, the character is ours. I feel like I’m connected with him in a way, it’s a nice feeling.”

Sounds like Evans is on board with the successor of the role he rocked a decade ago, and that’s great because all of us are too. Now the real question is: what’ll he think when Michael B. Jordan is cast as Steve Rogers after Captain America 3?

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10 comments

  • I agree that this was great casting. My only concern is with Kate Mara (a white woman) playing Sue and Michael B. Jordan (a black man) playing Johnny how does it effect the story of them being brother and sister?!

  • How does it affect the story? Simple, it doesn’t. Bi-racial family or adopted kid. (I.e. Johnny had a troubled youth and Sue’s parents took him in)

  • The ‘High School Musical’ Fantastic Four movie will flop! I feel so sorry for Stan, especially if he chooses to cameo in this insult to his creative work. What a mess this movie is turning out to be. Nerdist.com is not representing popular opinion among fanboys, which is quite negative.

  • Actually the Kate being white and Michael being black thing DOES effect things. While you could easily explain them as half siblings, that will come across as overly convenient and will fail in perception on account of how dark Michael is, not that he couldn’t be, but he simply doesn’t LOOK “mixed,” and obviously Kate is too damn white to be half black. Saying one of them is adopted COULD work, until you consider the sibling affection that otherwise would be benign suddenly becomes laced with awkward sexual tension if the two are not genetically related, especially where Sue’s “coming of age” relationship with Reed is concerned. Them being mutually adopted/foster kids would have the same issue, but would also require obvious psychological changes to the characters to be believable.

    Bottom line, FOX is racist. They wanted to have the appearance of being diverse, but they didn’t want to go so far as to have an interracial couple that defies the predatory convention of “black guy, white girl.” “White guy, black girl” is just too real for FOX. Additionally, once Ben becomes thing, there ceases to be any perceivable race, after which having two black character would push the ratio over the edge, resulting in a mostly black main cast with Reed being the “white minority,” and *sarcasm* they obviously can’t have that now can they? *end sarcasm*

    I GUARANTEE you, that there was a discussion amongst producers citing pretty much every point I just made, only they probably weren’t being sarcastic when they uttered that last sentence.

  • Everything I hear about his movie screams “flop”. Horrible cast then massive changes from the comic. There have been a lot of good comic book movies recently, but between this and Ben Affleck as Batman its looking more and more like Hollywood hasn’t really learned it’s lesson.