Dacre Montgomery to Play the Human Torch in the MCU: From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘Fantastic Four’?

Dacre Montgomery is well known for portraying Billy Hargrove in the Netflix phenomenon Stranger Things. Joining the show in season two, he was introduced as a secondary antagonist; however, by season three — with all the moms eyeing him from the poolside — he ascended the ladder to primary baddie status. However, despite appearing quite comfortable in his villainous skin, it looks like the actor may be turning a new leaf. 

Dacre Montgomery Fantastic Four possibility
Dacre Montgomery | Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Now that Marvel Studios has gained access to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men — via the long-awaited Fox/Disney merger — it is only a matter of time until some of these iconic saviors make their way to the MCU. And, Kevin Feige, knowing what the audience wants, has already begun to set plans in motion.

According to We Got This Covered, the Fantastic Four is many years away, as those over at Marvel Studios plan to eschew the previous cinematic disasters, in favor of a successful endeavor. Meaning, a reinvented script — more ingenious and less cheap than the previous ventures — will be fine-tuned before reaching audiences. It’s easy to mess up the Fantastic Four, as we have seen; thus, Marvel wants to get it right. Though this movie may be years out, a few actors are already entering the discussion, and Dacre Montgomery is one of them. 

Insider says Dacre Montgomery is among actors being eyed for Johnny Storm in the ‘Fantastic Four’ film 

The same insider who informed We Got This Covered that Tom Welling would reprise Clark Kent for “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and that a She-Hulk series was in development informed that outlet that Dacre Montgomery is being eyed for the Human Torch. 

While this latest report has yet to be confirmed by the studio, we have reason to believe that the Insider — based on past credibility — is proving accurate information.

Given that the Fantastic Four is still many years away, other names, with more star power, could surface and take the space. However, Dacre Montgomery — 24 years old and boasting a young, innocent, and friendly presence — would likely carry the part quite well. 

If Marvel keeps hiring Stranger Things stars for the MCU, it may become difficult to tell the two apart. David Harbour is set to appear in Black Widow as the Red Guardian and, rumor has it, Finn Wolfhard is being eyed for a role in Thor: Love and Thunder. 

If the MCU continues with its major mash-up narratives, there may come a day when we get to see several Stranger Things stars share the screen in an MCU installment  — fighting beside or against one another in a whole new fantastical world, which, for anyone who follows Stranger Things, would be pretty epic. However, we shouldn’t get our hopes up yet considering these conversations are likely still occurring only between Feige and other Marvel Studios employees. 

If Dacre Montgomery ends up in the role, will he do it justice? Chris Evans and Michael B. Jordan may be great actors, but their renditions didn’t leave an everlasting impact. Will the right script give Montgomery the advantage he needs to soar (literally and metaphorically) as Storm?