Previously, Chris Evans has conveyed his desire to return to the role of Human Torch, but Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness already snatched the decent chance for it to take place. Before Chris Evans was the MCU’s Captain America, the actor also played Johnny Storm in two movies, Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). Four years after his last moment as Human Torch, he would then begin his 8-year trip as Steve Rogers, one of the best examples of the MCU.
Different from the Fantastic Four original franchise, which received various reviews and survived only two movies, Chris Evans’ run as Captain America became compatible with a decade-long box office blockbuster. Eight years later he took the shield for the first time in Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers: Endgame finally submitted a conclusion to Steve Roger’s exploration.
Why Chris Evans’ Human Torch Return Chances Are Less After Doctor Strange 2?
After the MCU played with the dynamics of the multiverse with Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man crossover, his best Johnny Storm comeback would have been in Multiverse of Madness, a film that starred both the variants of MCU idols and heritage of Marvel characters as part of the Illuminati team.
Not only Johnny Storm was not in Multiverse of Madness, but the movie wanted to have John Krasinski as a Mister Fantastic from the multiverse, even though he could also be the MCU Mister Fantastic, instead of dragging Ioan Gruffudd from the 2005’s Fantastic Four. If this version of Reed Richards had been in Multiverse of Madness, then Chris Evans’s comeback as Johnny Storm in the future would have already existed.
We must also note that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was already packed with cameos who did not need to add more to the story of Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch, and a Johnny Storm return may not fit the movie very well. But Still, the choice for a new edition of Reed Richards rather than the one from the Fox movie, which is different from what was done with Professor X in Doctor Strange 2, indicates that there aren’t any chances of pulling back the original Fantastic Four cast back.