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Fans Discover the Time Bill Murray Played Human Torch in Fantastic Four

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Eagle-eyed fans have discovered a relatively unknown time that actor Bill Murray played the Human Torch in a Fantastic Four radio show.

Posting on Instagram, comic book writer and self-professed superhero fan Dan Slott reminded fans of a Fantastic Four radio show from 1975 that featured the voice of Bill Murray as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch. Episodes of the radio show can be found on YouTube. Watch the full video below.

Human Torch Was One of Bill Murray's Earliest Roles 

Murray’s role as the Human Torch came before many of his biggest films, includingCaddyshack (1980), Ghostbusters (1984), Scrooged (1988), and Groundhog Day (1993). The newfound attention for Bill Murray’s Fantastic Four radio show comes nearly 50 years after its debut, and right when a new story with the iconic Marvel family is being created. The next actor to play Johnny Storm is Joseph Quinn, who will be joined by Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Bill Murrary eventually did join the MCU himself, playing a supporting role, the traitorous Lord Kylar, in Peyton Reed's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Pascal recently spoke about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, months after he was initially rumored for the role of Reed Richards. “I can tell you how excited I am, which is beyond. There isn't anything more exciting than being in a cast like that," Pascal said. “To be invited to a family like that is unbelievable, and we all just want to do our best and share it with the world.” Pascal is also involved in some other major franchises, such as Star Wars where he plays the Mandalorian.

The cast announcement for the film also confirmed that the story will take place in the past, making the new movie a period piece. This isn’t the first time that the MCU has gone back to the past for a new story, with Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain Marvel as prime examples.

Next up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Deadpool and Wolverine, which is set to release this July. The MCU’s reboot, titled The Fantastic Four, is slated to debut on July 25, 2025.

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