Chris Evans Explains Why He Took on ‘The First Avenger: Captain America’

The actor discusses his new role at the WonderCon convention.
BY |'s a fun character. 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.

Captain America: The First Avenger was released July 22nd, 2011.

Sources: WonderCon

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  • illuminati • 5 years ago

    my superhero casting rules have been simple and hasn't changed since 2000;


    1. Unknown works BEST. This allows the producer and director to seek a talent that can match and be molded into the character. When dealing with an A-LISTER, there is a tendency for the producer to compromise the story/character/project and bend it towards the ability of the actor, this is weight of starpower. Hugh Jackman is the best example of a 'fitting' unknown. Even russell crowe back in 2000 may have been a better 'bulky' fit but Jackman was more than adequate!

    2. Semi-known; if you MUST go with an A-LISTER go with a character actor. Since superhero movies are more character driven than plot driven an indie/method actor knows how to fill in the shoes

    Christian Bale is a great example.


    • grand-makwa • 5 years ago

      he was the only good thing about the FF4 movies


      • vanboy • 5 years ago

        Yeah Caharles I hear you. I think you're right. I agree about Ledger too.


        • nemesissis • 6 years ago

          I've only seen him in FF4 and I think he did a pretty good job. Seeing him in the Losers trailer

          he looks to be in even better shape then FF4. I'm pretty open minded and I feel he can pull this off. I think it will all come down to the script and the director.

          For the record I wasn't one of those that thought Heath Ledger would suck as the Joker. I thought he was a good choice and look how that turned out. I'm not saying Evans performance will top Ledgers but I think he may surprise a lot of people.

          I'm sure a lot of true comic fans will get all fired up over the fact that he said he isn't a big comic reader. I respect the fact that he is honest and not like ever other person that has played a superhero saying that they have always been a fan of that certain hero. I'm sure some of those were just saying what they think the fans want to hear.


          • vanboy • 6 years ago

            You guys are never satisfied. A few threads back, everyone was worried that Philippe was going to be Cap, and all agreed that Evans would be so much better. NOW it's confirmed that Evans will be Cap and you're bitching!? What the Hell? I think you're bitching just for the sake of bitching.

            And Jackman as Logan always was. Nobody complained when X-Men was in it's infancy. Hugh just needs to bulk up a bit more. Who do you guys want to play Wolverine, Carrot Top? No matter what you say about Jackman, he will be known as Wolverine, until the end of time, just like Robert Downie Jr will be known as Iron Man, so there's not much to do about that.

            I think that we have to go with what Todd says here and wait to see the finished product. If you don't like it after you see it, then you can bitch. But remember how people were bitching about Keaton being cast as Batman? Remember how people were first bitching about Downie being cast as Iron Man? This is no different. Johnny Storm was a douche, not Evans. His character was cool in Push, even if the rest of the movie was weak.

            I do have to agree with what was said about Alba as Sue Storm. She is not the real blue eyed blonde beauty from the comics. She's a Latina. Can't have it both ways Alba.


            • yahzee • 6 years ago

              Johnston is not a good director... he always wrecks everything he is in!!! And this guy... Captain America is going the wrong way from the start... I hope it takes the Avengers with it XD


              • instead8909 • 6 years ago

                Evans isn't Human Torch any more and I have faith in this, wait until you see the finished product then Judge it.

                I still think Hugh is wrong for Logan, he's too much a pretty boy.


                • rufio • 6 years ago

                  @illuminati... i couldn't agree more! i think the reynolds character issues are bigger than this one for two reasons. (1) Deadpool/Lantern are both productions presently underway, or about to be, (2) F4 is done and done. if anything else is done with that franchise, they will be recasting it and redoing it (as was reported earlier, and rightfully so). F4 was NOT successful (few fans cling to it, like we do Spider-Man, X-Men, etc.). the only success of the F4 was Evans as Torch (and Alba is debatable).

                  so i don't think there is an issue with his being cast b/c his F4 character is done, has little to no chance resurfacing later and his incarnation was not iconic in proportion to really well-done comic-movies (Robert Downey really cannot do any other roles, nor can Hugh Jackman, Tobey Maguire, etc.)

                  where things become an issue is if the character/actor are in active comic movies (even if in competing universes) or previously starred in an iconic role (ala Downey, Jackman). Reynolds dual casting presents major issues for all of these reasons. Evans - could work and work well.


                  • illuminati • 6 years ago

                    What the hell is with 're-using' superhero actors!!! whats next keep casting Snipes & Common for EVERY black superhero???

                    first it was ryan reynolds as DEADPOOL and GREEN LANTERN, now Evans as HUMAN TORCH & CAPTAIN???

                    there's plenty of semi-knowns they could have used instead of him!


                    • bluedevil • 6 years ago

                      U Fanboys are funny. It's the same story everytime in these comments. When Hugh Jackman was first cast as Wolverine everyone bitched and moaned about "who the hell is this guy!" None of you have any cause to dismiss Chris Evans as being a good choice for this role until you've actually seen film footage. He has charm and charisma in spades and really does look the part. I cannot wait till the first trailer for this film premieres and you all eat your words. Time will prove me right. First Avenger isn't going to be the absolute best comic book film of all time, It doesn't have to be.. but It WILL be great entertainment.


                      • scarecrow924 • 6 years ago

                        Evans and you Vanboy for not thinking so


                        • teunis • 6 years ago

                          I do not like this at all. I've been very open to other incredible actors taking on 'controversial' roles so to speak, but this is not a good thing. "... and it's a fun character'. Fun? Are you f'ing me? You don't know anything about the guy by the sounds of it.


                          • rluis107 • 6 years ago

                            This guy is crap......but i was wrong before with the joker... and he did a ''fantastic'' job...........


                            • narrator • 6 years ago

                              @Blitz-21, Johnson is a good director (Hidalgo, Wolfman, Jurrasic Park 3) and Evans can act. Oscar worthy? No. First choice for Cap? No. But he's better than most other candidates in the age range. I look forward to this. If anything its the writers to be concerned about.

                              Btw, Zoe is awesome!


                              • vanboy • 6 years ago

                                Evans is a douche? Or are you complaining about you personal problems?


                                • scarecrow924 • 6 years ago



                                  • vanboy • 6 years ago

                                    Ha! He said they're "Fantastic"!


                                    • vanboy • 6 years ago

                                      Yes, they listened to us!!. Now get this f**ker in the gym and get him cut to kick ass! No lame story Marvel. Lock Disney in the closet and get to work!! We want to see blood and teeth fly!


                                      • ejk1 • 6 years ago

                                        He doesn't have to be a comic book fan to play a part. He's just going to be reading lines other people wrote. It falls heavily on the screenwriters to give him the proper material for the character of Steve Rogers.


                                        • insertusernamehere • 6 years ago

                                          He doesn't necessarily have to read the would help, but I bet most of the actors who say they're "fans" haven't touched a comic since they were children, if at all.


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