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March 23, 2010

Geek Out!: 'Human Torch' to play Captain America

Posted: 01:44 PM ET
Captain America?
Captain America?

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"Fantastic Four" star Chris Evans will play Captain America in not just one, but multiple movies, according toThe Hollywood Reporter. Evans played the Human Torch in the two recent "Four" movies.

As my fellow comic book geeks will know, Cap and Human Torch are two very different characters. Of all of the things wrong with the "Fantastic Four" movies (and oh, there were many), Evans' portrayal of Johnny Storm was aggressively annoying. On the other hand, the Torch is quite literally a self-involved "hot head," so I'm not sure if that performance was necessarily so far off the mark.

Captain America, on the other hand, is the very model of a stoic, noble super-soldier. Supporters of Evans taking the role point to his good work in other films and Cap doesn't appear to be a major acting challenge, per se. Of course, the script will likely be more of a determining factor in whether the movie is any good or not.

Something I would more take issue with is that Evans and some of the others who were rumored to be considered for the role -  like Mike Vogel, John Krasinski, and Channing Tatum (who was all wrong for "G.I. Joe's" Duke, but that's another story) - seem to lack the gravitas needed.

Captain America will next appear in "The Avengers" movie(s) and should be a leader/elder statesman (I mean, he did fight in World War II, frozen in ice or not). The folks behind this online movement to cast Jon Hamm seemed to have the right idea, but it appears that he was never given serious consideration.

What do you think of the decision to cast Evans? Do you think he can do Captain America justice? Share your reaction on video, or in the comments below.

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Nick Marino   March 23rd, 2010 2:31 pm ET

i'm psyched for Evans as Cap. i think that people were waaaaay too snobby about the Fantastic Four movies - they were fun popcorn flicks and they did a pretty good job translating the FF personalities to the screen. i actually thought that Evans was the best of the bunch, capturing Johnny's cocky and quippy attitude with charm.

that's still a ways off from Steve Rogers' personality, but i'm interested to see Evans switch it up. and just like Jackman did with Wolverine, making him a bit more accessible for a movie audience, maybe Evans can help create a less stiff Captain America for viewers. most live-action and animated Cap performances up till now have been very rigid and lack the strong charisma that Cap has every month on the page.


Avrailer   March 23rd, 2010 2:59 pm ET

dumb


JOel   March 23rd, 2010 3:28 pm ET

You can't cast the same person for multiple superhero roles. Marvel fails and I will not be seeing this ridiculously lame casting because I am boycotting the movie.


David   March 23rd, 2010 5:46 pm ET

Samuel L. Jackson should be playing every superhero in every movie.

Ever.


Ron   March 23rd, 2010 5:49 pm ET

Lame. Where's the continuity. Where's the canon?
Sure, theres very little chance that the FF would cameo in any of the new Marvel movies, but I'd like to think that they do exist in the same universe, hence could not be the same person.


John   March 23rd, 2010 7:19 pm ET

I always felt Matt Daimon would have worked as Kirby cap. He certainly has a big enough head to slap a big "A" on.


John   March 23rd, 2010 7:20 pm ET

I hear the Fantastic Four are being rebooted with a new cast, just like Spider-Man.


Matt   March 23rd, 2010 8:12 pm ET

I had thought Marvel had been looking for an "unknown," so why they were eyeing so many "stars" and ultimately picked one they'd seen in two of their movies escapes me. Just hope he can pull it off.

So Chris Evans has played the Human Torch and now will play Captain America. You think he might try for a Timely trifecta and play the Sub-Mariner? ;-P


Dengar   March 23rd, 2010 11:13 pm ET

Um.......what are they thinking? I like Chris Evans and all but are there no other young male actors in America that have not played other Marvel characters? I mean......um....just baffling. I guess it's better than Channing Tatum....who, in my opinion, doesn't have the acting chops to make it into a High School play.


gd94134   March 24th, 2010 3:25 am ET

Remember Disney now owns Marvel.The same people who gave us Mickey,Minnie,Goofy and Shrek.This is the new Marvel Universe,under the thumb of the Mouse.Chris Evans casting as Captain America is just the tip of the iceberg.I can't wait to see who the new Spiderman will be.It's a small world after all...it's a small small world oh joy!


Rumply   March 24th, 2010 8:10 am ET

Go Disney......

I don't like the fact that they are recasting the same actor to play two different characters... the associations between that face and human torch are just too strong.

As for personality.. well.. he IS an actor... and as much canon as we fanboys like to wave around, the truth is that there isn't a studio out there that is going to stick to canon if they can bring more people into the theater. I mean... if they can attempt to re-vamp Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek, nothing is sacred.


Mike   March 24th, 2010 3:36 pm ET

I think what's wrong with all these movies is that their roots go back 50 plus years, as such it is IMPOSSIBLE to accurately and adequately translate the character in a way that will appeal to all audiences...I offer good luck to Mr. Evans in what I hope will be a fun job but he will be mercilessly derided by devotees of the character


Don   March 24th, 2010 4:09 pm ET

Since we're recasting superheroes, how about recasting Tobey McGuire as Bruce Banner in The Avengers? It makes as much sense as this.


JeaJames   March 24th, 2010 5:31 pm ET

Aaron Eckhart is the only suitable actor to play Captain America. Evans doesn't even fit into the role.


Farkit   March 24th, 2010 5:46 pm ET

I guess Michael Keaton wasn't available.


machater   March 24th, 2010 6:11 pm ET

Bad choice i agree. The only actor i can think of is the guy from Human Target. He would be great. Evan might surprise us. Who knew Robert Downey Jr. would be such a good Iron Man.


GD   March 24th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Chris Evans as Captain America? Meh.


Bruce   March 25th, 2010 11:14 am ET

People without talent should not be given such large roles. Leave it to
real actors, Chris. Take up bartending.


J.Strange   March 25th, 2010 2:15 pm ET

I don't understand why they keep selecting starts to act in multiple super hero roles...am I really supposed to believe this guy is Captain America when I just got done watching him 'flaming on' in The Fantastic Four?


Bakti   March 25th, 2010 5:15 pm ET

What Chris Evans?, Chuck Norris would be a better Cap... lol


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Mike   April 14th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

I think that the fact of cast an actor who performed another hero to this movie is a big MISTAKE and it is worst when the first hero performed is from Marvel comics as well. So, DAMN, who the hell made that casting, it is an elemental mistake. What is next? Christian Bale as Superman Man of Steel? Jesus! And by the way, this Evans is a piece of junk, he is a clown. There are so many actors in this planet and they have to recycle a hero. Why don't they call the movie The Fantastic Captain or the Captain Torch? Or Better The Fifth Fantastic? This movies goes down.


Chris J   April 15th, 2010 1:51 am ET

The guy who stars in Human Target should have been cast as Captain America...he has the look and also attended West Point and served time in the Military...Evans does not have the look or any Military experience


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Logan   May 12th, 2010 11:28 pm ET

Well to start things off Shrek..its Dreamworks, Disney's arch nemesis. But I digress, Chris Evans did a stand up job in the mediocre FF movies. If he is going to put on tights and dispatch anymore baddies it has to be as the Torch because that's how he's ingrained into the minds of millions. Not to mention this stream of movies by marvel is epic, this will be the greatest thing in the super hero community since Adam West dawned the bat suit. Evans just doesn't display the iconic pizazz to play Cap. I just hate to see one man destroy the integrity and just outright godliness of these six movies. Bad decision Marvel. Ya let me down. 😦


Andrew   May 20th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

To JOel RE: "You can't cast the same person for multiple superhero roles. Marvel fails and I will not be seeing this ridiculously lame casting because I am boycotting the movie." YOU fail. Captain America is a DC comic.


cannonball   May 20th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

If the director and writers have any sense in their heads, they obviously aren't going to give cap a personality anything remotely like the matchstick. Being a Superhero movie aside, at least the guy isn't being typecast. If he can pull of the acting, all it'll take is some bulking up, a Cap' appropriate hairstyle when he's out of the suit, and a kick ass Cap costume and it will be fine. It's up to the rest of the cast and crew to make this film a winner.

For those who are actually fans of the comics, come on... I'm both a long time comic fan and except for some extremely detail oriented illustrators, male characters drawn by the same artists generally end up having very similar looking attributes due to the artists particular style. Just pretend Captain America is being "drawn" by the same guy, lol.

and hey, this isn't the first Marvel movie to reuse an actor from a different film. Rebecca Romijn was in all three X-men movies and the Punisher. Ryan Reynolds was in Blade Trinity and Wolverine(and though it's DC, soon to be Green Lantern,) James Marsden even hopped the Marvel boat for Superman Returns, and hey, Shawn Ashmore even ended up as Jimmy Olsen.

And even with the large success of Superhero movies in recent years, it's still not easy to find an actor who's actually willing up to play one. We should be happy with the fact we're actually getting so many made at all.


Robert   May 28th, 2010 11:26 pm ET

Gerald Butler should've been the Capt.


Curious   July 4th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

What will happen when/if the Fantastic 4 eventually get involved with the Avengers?


Eric   January 15th, 2011 9:49 pm ET

I was one of the few people that actually liked the fantastic four movies and I'm pretty sure I will like the avengers movie. I just think that it was stupid for the directors to cast the same person for both roles, seeing as how the fantastic four worked hand and hand with the avengers on several occasions. I'm guessing it's safe to say that with the hole MARVEL COMIC movie era in full swing, there will never be a collaboration between the FANTASTIC FOUR and THE AVENGERS, which sucks because Reed Richards; along with his team(FANTASTIC FOUR), was a pivotal figure in the AVENGERS initiative. WHAT... A... Screw up


Eric   January 15th, 2011 10:12 pm ET

@Andrew You fail Cap. Is Marvel not DC
@"the drunken recollection" you guys are spouting off people who would never meet in the same universe......duh Indiana Jones wouldn't meet Han Solo, Cap of the enterprise would never meet professor x. I mean really what were you guys and Andrew thinking when you posted your comments?


corey   February 18th, 2011 12:31 am ET

he shouldnt be able to play to people from the same universe!!!! bull s@#t and there are way better people for the roll.


Dinildomar   April 26th, 2011 1:37 pm ET

Very good ... it's perfect, maybe he can do it very well, after all he is an actor, and like any actor, he should know how to incorporate the personality of super soldier. But in anyway, he needs to do something with his body to improve its performance in this film, because the original Captain America is twice more muscular then the Human Torch, evidently due to contact with the famous chemical formula known for letting him much stronger.


Joshua Blake   May 18th, 2011 7:48 pm ET

It's likely that Marvel will reboot Fantastic Four and the new cast will appear alongside The Avengers. This is along the same lines as Batman being rebooted for The Justice League, apparently.


Martha   June 12th, 2011 10:11 pm ET

such a big mistake using the same person to play the role of two VERY different super heroes. no offense to evans. just poor continuity and there are so many amazing choices out there...for instance hemsworth for the role of thor looks pretty spot on and he's rather unknown. sam worthing (avatar) or ANYBODY in the military with some acting chops would have made a better choice...is hollywood so lacking in talent that they have to regurgitate actors over and over again


Roid   July 12th, 2011 12:21 am ET

vhot a boots Arrrr-rrn-ald Warts-ee-nagor hehehe<in worst austrian accent. Or for da madames how about Van Damn <(I got Old). Or Norris for Borris- in the end its still a movie and nothing will ever compare to the imagenation comic books leave open


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Gabriel   April 29th, 2012 1:55 pm ET

The movie has been out since last year and I think Evans did a really good job at it. To be honest, I can't picture him as Johnny Storm any more


nicole   May 6th, 2012 2:44 am ET

well i really think he did an awsome job, i just watched captain america the other night (for some reason this made me want to watch the entire X-men series which i did after lol idk) and i thought it was great, he looked really cutewhen he was the skinny rogers and then when he transformedhe looked huge. Evans did a sirprisingly good job and i took him seriously in the more intense seens unlike other moviewhich i like to make fun of how awkward the actors are in certain scenes, but i didnt for a min think aboutevans he just blended into a great cap am


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