Chris Evans as Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Photo Credit: Marvel

Chris Evans Comments on Michael B. Jordan’s Human Torch Casting


When it was first announced back in February that Fruitvale Station actor Michael B. Jordan had officially been cast as Johnny Storm in the upcoming reboot The Fantastic Four, the casting decision was met with quite a bit of criticism. However despite all the criticism, it would seem that Jordan is getting a nod from someone who knows the role very well.

When you mention the name Chris Evans, the first thing on everyone’s mind is now Captain America, or Steve Rogers. However, before he donned the red, white, and blue, he was more of just a blue kind of guy.

Some of you may remember that Evans played the role of Johnny Storm, also known as The Human Torch, in the 2005 film Fantastic Four alongside Jessica Alba, and the film’s sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

While doing a press junket for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Evans told the NY Daily News that he was excited to see what Jordan could do with the role, and that he felt somehow connected to him now.

“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.” Evans told the NY Daily News. “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.”

Early in March, Jordan addressed the criticisms himself, telling fans that he didn’t really let it bother him, and that his intention is to go into the project and do the best job he can; however, you have to admit that a nod from the man who brought the character to life on the screen before you is a bit of a boost to even the most seasoned actor’s confidence.

Unfortunately, fans will have to wait quite some time before we will be able to see Jordan in the role that has created so much buzz. We are still a little over a year before the film’s release.

What do you think of Michael B. Jordan’s casting as Johnny Storm? Despite all the criticism, do you think the actor will be able to do the role justice? Do you think the case for his casting has been helped at all by Evans’ endorsement? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

The Fantastic Four is scheduled to be released on June 19, 2015.

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  • Mephistopheles

    I don’t think most people are criticizing Jordan for his acting or because he’s black but mainly that He’s black and his sister isn’t. Diversity for the sake of diversity.

    Don’t get me wrong, the movie is going to stink something awful. the whole casting is terrible. A bunch of actors who look 20 playing Rocket Scientist who are left in charge of multi-billion dollar equipment?
    More like the teen titans

    • wat

      Nah, most people are criticizing because he’s black and Johnny isn’t. Only a smaller amount are criticizing because Susan wasn’t also made black.

      The most annoying “point” the people criticizing the casting try to make is the cliche “well, what if they made Black Panther white?!” That’s NOT the same thing. While, yes, Johnny was created as a white man, his entire character doesn’t revolve around him being white, thus his race is open for interpretation. The same does not apply to Black Panther whose entire existence is based around him being a full-blooded African king.

      Not saying they don’t have a point about the reverse being equally bleh for a black character but using Black Panther as their example instead of the tons of other black superheroes whose racial background isn’t a solid part of their origin is stupid.

  • GHauser

    The character of Johnny Storm is an established character that’s been around for 50+ years. Not only is casting someone who looks nothing like the character a travesty, but the whole damn cast for the new Fantastic Four is completely wrong. This movie has the worst casting for a movie I have EVER seen…and I’m including the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie ( and they cast a white guy as Shredder ! WTF ? He’s Japanese ! )

    • wat

      You’re over-exaggerating. The new TMNT cast is definitely worse and there’s been tons of even worse casts. The Last Airbender???