The MCU Will Revamp ‘Fantastic Four’ Via Human Torch: Marvel Insider Reveals How

Fox has brutally massacred the Fantastic Four narrative many times over — opting for far-fetched origin stories that do not transfer to the silver screen without finesse — and it is time the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) renews these characters’ reputations. 

From the 2005 film starring a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Chris Evans as Johnny Storm and Jessica Alba as Invisible Woman to the 2015 movie with Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and more, The Fantastic Four has failed to leave a memorable — for the right reasons — cinematic impact. 

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Despite the comic books’ widespread success, the movies often disappoint audiences and critics alike. opening to poor reception across the board. Thus, when Marvel Studios takes a swing, Kevin Feige and Co. will be doing a lot of revamping; they will lay a new foundation for a fresh Fantastic Four path, ensuring similarities to the previous flops are unfathomable. One way they’re going to do this: via the character depictions and the specific — previously underutilized — stories selected. 

The previous Fantastic Four movies have failed to highlight several of the fierce foes and interpersonal relationships that define the Fantastic Four in the comic book series; this is one wrong the MCU sets out to right, and it looks like Johnny Storm may be at the center of this highly-anticipated reimagining. 

Johnny Storm, Frankie Raye, and Galactus: Inside the MCU’s rumored approach

According to Marvel and DC Insider Mikey Sutton, Johnny Storm’s famed love interest, Frankie Raye may be making an appearance in the MCU. And, she may be the very woman who comes to threaten the superhero squad via a connection to Galactus. Mikey Sutton explained: 

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Johnny Storm has fallen for a new girl, a gorgeous redhead named Frankie Raye. One of the priorities for Marvel Studios when they debut the Fantastic Four into the MCU is to flesh out the characters in ways that Fox didn’t do. And there are several decades of comic books that Marvel Studios will pull from. They’re thinking of building up Raye as Johnny’s dream girl; his Mary Jane, if you will. The Fantastic Four is still early in development but Raye is on their radar. After the Silver Surfer is introduced as the herald of Galactus, it is a job that Norrin Radd doesn’t have for long. But who will take his place? And there lies the tragedy of Johnny’s love for Raye as she becomes Galactus’ new herald,  just like she did in John Byrne’s classic ’80s FF comics. Raye appeared in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, but Marvel Studios wants to make her soar as a cosmic power, one that could provide a challenge for even Captain Marvel.

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As the insider report reveals, Johnny Storm falls in love with the woman who becomes Galactus’ new herald after Norrid Radd; meaning, the once exploited Silver Surfer storyline will take a different turn, allowing one of the Human Torch’s loves to become a nemesis, and changing the dynamic — the one between Radd and Mr. Fantastic — at the center of the 2005 movie (and the one at the forefront of everyday viewers’ minds). Looks like a forbidden love story and a few new characters may be all the MCU needs to take this beloved group of heroes in a new and intriguing direction.