EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios Talks Chris Evans as ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Fiege, discuses casting the ‘Fantastic Four’ actor as ‘Captain America’.
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EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios Talks Chris Evans as ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Kevin Fiege discusses casting Chris Evans Fans of the Marvel comic book character Captain America will want to make sure that they don't miss the new Marvel film Iron Man 2, opening on May 7th, as something long associated with the hero makes a brief appearance. In fact, the character's equipment actually had similar cameos in the first Iron Man film and in a deleted scene from The Incredible Hulk, proving that Marvel has been planning for some time to bring the character's adventures to the big screen. It was recently announced that actor Chris Evans would be donning the red, white and blue costume of the WWII hero, first in Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger and later in Joss Whedon's The Avengers. The actor already has quite a comic book film resume already having appeared as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in both Fantastic Four and it's sequel Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, as well as the recent film The Losers and this summer's upcoming Edgar Wright directed film, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Yesterday, we had a chance to sit down with Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Fiege, while he was out promoting Iron Man 2. We asked Fiege if he had any concerns with casting Chris Evans in the pivotal role because of his close association to another Marvel character and his comic book film resume? This is what he had to say:

"Yeah, I mean The Losers and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World I don't think so but frankly yeah, I didn't even consider him for a long time because of the Human Torch. I didn't purposely not consider him but he wasn't on the radar. Frankly I was watching for other reasons Sunshine again, then I was talking to Edgar Wright about him and I started to see how he is growing. By the way I thought he was great in those two Fantastic Four movies, he was a standout in those movies. I started to look at how he's grown since then. We sat down and talked in a meeting and I said, oh my God, Steve Rodgers is sitting in front of me right now and I hadn't seen it for a long time. When we sat down and specifically started talking about Cap, yeah it was immediate. Cause Cap has a lot of size and is nothing like Johnny Storm. As you start to see more of Chris and where he is growing as an actor it's into a much more Steve Rodgers type place. He's in England now; he got on one of the first flights after the volcano nonsense went away. He's over there now prepping and rehearsing and the pictures that are coming back and the costume tests are pretty stunning."

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

Sources: Jami Philbrick

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  • rojodiablo • 5 years ago

    I think Evans will be great in this role, he did stand out as the human torch in both films and I really look forward to seeing him at Cap! Also like having Whedon directing the Avengers.

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    • asif • 5 years ago

      Awesome.....Can't wait.

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      • coolazzz • 5 years ago

        I knew that was going to be the argument when I said that! As far as acting goes, I do agree with you on that part. Btw: I am laughing with you on this one!

        As for the beefing up part, I really cannot see it happening with his frame. Even if he started doing roids or something he still probably wouldn't be able to crack 185lbs! The problem with it is that there just isn't anyone that can act and also possess the physical attributes needed. So we'll get a scrawny looking Captain America that can talk the talk(act), but not walk the walk. Either way, I will be in the theatre to see it when it comes out.

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        • insertusernamehere • 5 years ago

          Yeah...because John Cena is SOOOO much better than Chris Evans in the acting department...

          When you think about it, Johnny Storm and Steven Rogers both have kinda the same look, just differences in physical condition. They're both the have blonde hair, blue eyes, Cap is just meant to be that way because he's the "All-American Patriot." So all Evans has to do, physically anyway, to differentiate himself from the Torch is beef up.

          I can't believe you said John Cena...

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          • coolazzz • 5 years ago

            I like Chris Evans, but I am not feelin him for the part of Cap. He doesn't have the look at all. Torch yes, Cap no! Honestly, I know you all are going to think I am way off course with who I think should play Captain America, but I am going to just say it: John Cena

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            • twistedsmile • 5 years ago

              I can't wait for this. Evans casting was fine with me. I look forward to seeing what Marvel saw in him.

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              • narrator • 5 years ago

                Awesome. Looking forward to this, hoping he can pull it off.

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                • rufio • 5 years ago

                  awesome.

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                  • instead8909 • 5 years ago

                    Can't wait for this

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                    • shuabert • 5 years ago

                      I didn't like Evans as Johnny Storm. He didn't imbue the character with any humanity.

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                      • tearingbeast • 5 years ago

                        Dear Marvel,

                        Do not F this up.

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                        • tyler13d • 5 years ago

                          Steve RoDgers...?

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                          • thedarkknight23 • 5 years ago

                            sounds like they went with a good pic of an actor

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                            • yellowjacket1 • 5 years ago

                              Evans is going to be perfect! Just like I know Whedon is the perfect choice to direct Avengers. I'd give anything to see those pictures that are coming back from the costume test.

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                              • emmytt • 5 years ago

                                cant wait

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                                • ed-wood • 5 years ago

                                  I'm just getting more excited for this movie.

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                                  • buriblazing • 5 years ago

                                    I will have to admit i'm pumped for this film now that it's on with production.

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                                    • thesymbiote • 5 years ago

                                      @LOOOL LOL

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                                      • escapist • 5 years ago

                                        LOOOL @Mrman3810 i actually thought you were serious about channing....no costume could ever hide those stick out ears

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                                        • insertusernamehere • 5 years ago

                                          Mrman3810 is just trying to get a response out of people. Ignore him.

                                          Warrock, Evans is not Human Torch any longer. The series is being rebooted and it's not like those movie were any good anyway. Yes, Evans was one of the best parts of them, but it's time to move on, and there's no law stating an actor can't play two comic book characters, especially when the first attempt wasn't that successful. Get the f*ck over it.

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