Chris Evans, who played Johnny Storm, the Human Torch in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer now thinks that the odds of a third film in the franchise isn't going to happen. The actor recently spoke to MTV, where he expressed his skepticism.
"I'm pretty sure we won't do [another] one," Evans, said. "I'm assuming that one is a closed book."
Why is Evans so pessimistic? The actor explained. "After the first one was released we got wind of potential titles and plots [almost immediately], and I've heard nothing from anyone at Fox [yet]," he grumbled. "We had all planned on doing [another] one but if there were going to be a third I think a week after the second one was released we would have heard."
While it would be disappointing for any actor to find out that their superhero franchise wasn't going to be continued, Evans is trying to make the best of it, as he prepares to be seen opposite Keanu Reeves in Street Kings. "It takes up a lot of time. It's a big commitment," he said. "I'm happy with walking away."
That said, Evans isn't completely opposed to possibly returning to the role of Marvel Comic's resident hot-headed hero. With the way that Marvel is cross-pollinating their films in Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk it seems possible that the comic studio might want Evans or his Fantastic Four co-stars to appear in a smaller role in one of their other films. And Evans might be open to that possibility. "Absolutely," he enthused. "If Johnny Storm wanted to make a pop in appearance in one of those movies that would be a treat."
It should be noted that while a Fantastic Four 3 may not be happening, that still doesn't mean the end of the franchise. A Silver Surfer film is still in development, with Babylon 5 writer J. Michael Straczynski working on the script.