‘Stranger Things’ Star Replaces Chris Evans in MCU

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Marvel Studios is undergoing a major creative shakeup after a season of superhero fatigue. With this new season of changes featuring appearances from classic characters like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and an adaptation of the Fantastic Four, one familiar face is getting recast after originating one of Marvel’s biggest mainstays.

Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger, the Star-Spangled Man with a Plan scene
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After spending years as the first Avenger, Chris Evans has long since departed from the role of Captain America after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019). However, a new development from Marvel Studios shared that Stranger Things star Joseph Quinn will be stepping into the MCU by assuming the role that first brought Evans into superhero stardom.

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Alongside other cast members like Pedro Pascal and Vanessa Kirby, Quinn has joined The Fantastic Four (2025) as spitfire Johnny Storm/the Human Torch for the long-awaited MCU debut of Marvel’s First Family. Although Evans will be known much better for his tenure as Captain America, Quinn has big, fiery shoes to fill before setting himself ablaze as the new Torch.

Passing the Torch for Fantastic Four

Chris Evans as Johnny Storm AKA Human Torch in Fantastic Four
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Dedicated Marvel buffs know that Chris Evans gave Johnny Storm/The Human Torch new life in 2005 as he flamed on for his Marvel debut. Although the less-than-satisfying 2015 adaptation is still technically the most recent version, the campy and over-the-top variant that came before and its equally fun sequel is clearly the crowd favorites.

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Even Joseph Quinn admits that Chris Evans’ version of the character is a tough act to follow for the upcoming MCU adaptation. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor expressed his thoughts on the passing of the torch (so to speak.)

Joseph Quinn smiling at a fan convention, Human Torch smiling on a 'Fantastic Four' poster
Credit: France RC – Roster Con via Wikimedia Commons, Marvel Studios

Quinn shared,

“I remember really enjoying Chris Evans’s performance as Johnny in the previous films, and it felt like this would be a really exciting opportunity; I was absolutely signed up…”

Along with addressing the connection to one of Marvel’s biggest stars, Quinn also shared his thoughts and hopes for the upcoming Fantastic Four film, especially in the wake of superhero fatigue the studio has faced with films like The Marvels (2023), and not for the first time either. In the same interview, he later went on to quell any fears potential viewers might have about the new movie.

He stated,

“I think that with the story of the Fantastic Four, it feels like we want to get this right… There are aspects of it that are very different to other Marvel films. That felt very compelling to me. And again, going back to who’s involved, Matt [Shakman], of course, the director, I think is brilliant, and the cast, and I’ve read it and the script is brilliant. It’s really brilliant. I’m delighted to have this opportunity.”

Following in His Footsteps

Eddie Munson in 'Stranger Things'
Credit: Netflix

Thanks to his tenure as the metal head dungeon master, Eddie Munson, Joseph Quinn already has much more of a fan following than Chris Evans did when he first stepped into the Marvel Multiverse. If that works in his favor, his take on the Human Torch might be what solidifies him as one of the franchise’s biggest names.

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That all being said, he’s not embarking on this journey alone. Quinn’s Torch is joined by Pedro Pascal (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby (Susan Storm/Invisible Woman), and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Ben Grimm/The Thing) rounding out the team. The film is set to release in 2025, and it could hopefully usher in a new era for the MCU.

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