Marvel Studios officially confirmed on Friday that Chris Evans will be playing The First Avenger: Captain America and the actor recently spoke about taking the role at the WonderCon convention in San Francisco over the weekend.
"I'm not a big comic book reader," Evans said at a press conference for The Losers. "You know what I mean? I don't really have a history and a love for comics. I didn't grow up reading them. But they're fantastic for films. The beautiful thing about comic books, even movies based on novels, you have a blueprint," Evans added. "You have a tangible thing to say, 'Listen, this is the story we're going to work.' Especially in comic books. You have a color palate. You have visual home base to kind of root yourself in. So, as an actor, it's nice knowing the people behind the visual elements of the film have this kind of blue print to work off of."
When asked why he took the role, Evans said, "I think Marvel is doing a lot of good things right now, and it's a fun character. Even if it wasn't a comic book. I think the story of Steve Rogers is great. He's a great guy. Even if it was just a script about anybody, I would probably want to do it. So it wasn't necessarily about the comic itself. It was about ... " Evans was then interrupted by Zoe Saldana who added, "It's all about the tights."
We'll be sure to keep you posted with any and all news about The First Avenger: Captain America as soon as we have more information. The film is set for release on July 22, 2011 release date.