Fantastic Four ‘Very Different To Other Marvel Films’ Says Joseph Quinn

Talks Chris Evans, bringing a unique approach to the Human Torch, Matt Shakman's approach, superhero fatigue, and more.

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  • Joseph Quinn is playing Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie
  • Julia Garner has been announced as the female Silver Surfer
  •  Quinn is a fan of Chris Evans’ portrayal of Johnny Storm and is excited to make the character his own in a unique and different take on the Fantastic Four story

Joseph Quinn is the MCU’s Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie which also stars Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm/The Thing.

Julia Garner has also been announced as the female Silver Surfer.

In a new interview, Joseph Quinn, who is known for playing Eddie in Netflix’s Stranger Things, admits to being a fan of the Chris Evans version and having big boots to fill and touches upon the notion of superhero fatigue where he says the Fantastic Four movie is very different compared to other Marvel films.

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Fan art

Speaking with, Joseph Quinn says he was immediately onboard.

“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,” he said.

Quinn continued and said he has “big boots [to fill] and that he will make the character his own and that what director Matt Shakman is doing is unique.

“I knew that they’d been talking about making the Fantastic Four in the Marvel Universe for a while,” Quinn offered. “I had a talk with [director] Matt [Shakman], and it was very clear with the kind of people who they were attaching to it what they were trying to do with it. There are aspects of it that are very much a singular thing and its own thing.”

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Official poster

Regarding superhero failure, Marvel has had a lot of failures the past five years (namely due to the writing, not that fans are tired of the genre), where Quinn makes it sound as if FF will be something new.

“I think that with the story of the Fantastic Four, it feels like we want to get this right,” Quinn said. “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, 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.”

He added “Superhero movies are movies about people. And if we’re invested in the people and the characters and the peril and the spectacle, then that’s why people go to the theaters to watch films. We’re not just in a penny; we’re in for a pound with this one. We’re going to go for it.” 

Fantastic Four gets released on July 25, 2025.

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