Chris Evans is passing the Torch. News of Michael B. Jordan’s casting as the Human Torch in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot met with a lukewarm response on fan message boards, but the actor is getting a big endorsement from his predecessor.
Before Chris Evans donned the star-spangled costume for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” he did two stints as Marvel’s hottest super hero in “Fantastic Four” (2005) and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007). And though at first he admits to some misgivings about someone else taking over his character, he immediately got fired up when he heard who landed the part of Johnny Storm.
“It’s so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don’t want someone else to do it,” Evans told the Daily News during a “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” junket. “But when you hear someone phenomenal is doing it, it’s very exciting like you almost can’t wait.”
There have been grumblings since Jordan signed on for director Josh Trank’s update of the first family of Marvel superheroes first created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961. Much of the criticism has diverged into potentially racist territory, focusing on the original character’s Caucasian background in the panels of the comic books.
As far as Evans is concerned, Jordan is so talented as an actor that he’ll win over any naysayers once they see him blaze a trail on the big screen. What do you think about this? Comment below!