Before he was Captain America, actor Chris Evans played hero as the Human Torch in Tim Story’s two Fantastic Four movies. Now you may have heard that they’re rebooting the FF with a new cast, new director and new film, and in that film one Michael B. Jordan will get his flame on to play one-fourth of the titular quartet. You may have also heard there was some controversy about Jordan’s casting because, you know, he’s (checks the immediate vicinity for people eavesdropping)… Black. So during some recent press for the latest Captain America movie, The Winter Soldier, Evans was asked how he feels about passing the, ahem, torch to Jordan.
“It’s so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don’t want someone else to do it,” Evans said to the New York Daily News. “But when you hear someone phenomenal is doing it, it’s very exciting like you almost can’t wait.”
Jordan is a highly-acclaimed actor who appeared in Chronicle from Fantastic Four director Josh Trank, and won critical-acclaim and several awards for his work in last year’s Sundance darling Fruitville Station. Any film would be grateful to have such raw and untapped talent in the cast, but because Jordan is black and Johnny Storm/The Human Torch was created as a white man in the comics, some fans flipped their proverbial $#!% when his casting was announced. But from one Human Torch to another, Evans said that’s the reason he’s excited for Jordan’s casting.
“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,” he added.
It’s nice that the previous Human Torch has offered a touch of level-headedness to the great Michael B. Jordan freak-out. Of course, Evans himself has been a victim of that, a great many people were upset when he was cast as Captain America back in 2010, but really, how many times do we have to go through something like this before we let the work speak for itself? Or at least wait till we see one solid minute of footage before we go off the deep end, huh? Sigh. I know that’s asking a lot, but let’s try and control ourselves, maybe even allow ourselves some Captain America-esque optimism…
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in theaters everywhere this Friday; Fantastic Four is currently scheduled for a 2015 release.