“Passing of time and the passing of torches is part of the experience. Nothing lasts forever. There’s a beauty in that departure, even if it can be sad at times. It’s also joyful,” said Chris Evans in an interview when asked about leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the character of Captain Marvel.
First of all, let me tell you that I am going to write my heart out on this piece. So, let’s begin…
Chris Evans as Captain America
Chris Evans’ life has become synonymous to the character of Steve Rogers. He is one of those few actors who played a character that we as the audience can never think of replacing.
I remember the time when Chris made his first appearance in a superhero film as Human Torch in 2005’s Fantastic Four. Frankly, it is a bitter memory for most of the fans and they would love to wipe it off. And, when the news of him starring as Captain America started to swirl, I was not sure if I would be able to accept him in the character.
I have always been inclined to superheroes; I am an insightful comic book reader. But, I had less interest in Steve Rogers aka Captain America. And, when I came to know that Marvel is going to make a movie on the character, I doubted that it would work.
But, here I am, writing about the same character and same actor who I was unsure about. Well, times change. But, it has been possible just because of Chris’ commitment towards the character and the way he lived it in the movies.
Chris Evans recently bid adieu to the character after wrapping up the shooting for Avengers 4 which will hit the theatres on May 3, 2019. But, there’s a long journey which he made to this movie and we are going to talk about it.
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Second Thoughts on Playing Captain America
The story of Chris Evans being offered the role of Captain America is quite fascinating. It took a lot of convincing from Marvel to get Chris mentally prepared for the role.
When Marvel offered Chris the role of Steve Rogers, the actor declined. And, most importantly he turned down the role thrice.
Yes, he did and he had some reasons. One of the major reasons behind him turning down the role was the commitment Marvel asked him to do. He was asked to sign a contract of nine movies and at that time, he wasn’t sure.
The actor also had the doubt if the character would actually work and that’s quite surprising. Because we know that Captain America is one of the biggest characters in the history of Marvel Comics. But, that was his point of view at that time.
Marvel’s Effort to Convince Chris
Marvel was sure that they want Chris as their Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and they knew he would go on to hang up his boots as an icon. So, they kept pushing him.
On Chris’ part, he was impressed and actually loved the story of Captain America. So, the ball was in Marvel’s court. All they had to figure out was what they can do to make him accept the offer.
And that’s when they decided to shorten his contract. Marvel again went back to Chris and this time with a contract of six movies. And, fortunately, he accepted it.
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Captain America: The First Avenger
Before the introduction of Steve Rogers, Marvel Studios had already laid down the foundation of The Avengers. The phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was ready as they had already released Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, and Thor.
So, it was the turn for The First Avenger to step in. When the movie came out, people were ecstatic even me, who had doubts about the character and actor.
I still to this day feel that it is one of the most underrated movies in MCU. The introduction of Steve Rogers was as perfect as Iron Man and we cannot deny it. But, there was something still missing.
Unveiling The Full Potential of Chris Evans as Captain America
The world saw Captain America and people were already impressed. But, the full potential of Cap was unveiled in 2012’s The Avengers.
I still remember how brilliantly he showed the world that he is the first Avenger. He guided the team with members including The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye.
Every statement that he uttered in the movie was just so pleasing. He indeed showed the world that he is the perfect leader. The suit might be old-fashioned but the one wearing it had the potential.
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The Winter Soldier and Civil War
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movie for me and for many people around the globe. This was the time when few MCU fans who had doubted Chris’ ability to play the character just like me got completely blown away.
Everything vanished and the center of the attention was Steve Rogers. The story continued in Avengers: The Age of Ultron and again the Cap was back to his roots and that’s leading the team.
Things changed in the MCU and finally, came to a point where the Avengers was no longer a team in Captain America: Civil War. We were disheartened but Cap played by his ethics.
He showed the world what friendship means. He stood by the right person and trusted his friend, Bucky. I was blown away. But, how can Avengers stand tall without their Captain?
Avengers: Infinity War
I went to watch Avengers: Infinity War the first day it was released. And, let me tell you when Captain America returned with his deep beard, I knew the time has come.
He again went on to lead his team. He fought Thanos, who already had five Infinity Stones with his bare hands. I mean, who can do it? I know Iron Man did, but he had his suit.
Cap was determined as always and Chris Evans went on to rule the hearts of millions around the globe. Now, in Avengers 4, we will see him step in the shoes of Steve Rogers for the final time and I know it will be disheartening but we need to bid the farewell to the character and most importantly Chris Evans.
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No One Can Replace Chris Evans
Chris Evans had expressed in older interviews about his love for the character. Once he even said, “However they want to proceed after Avengers 4, it’s really up to them. I walk away with no regrets and endlessly thankful.”
But, his tweet after completing the shooting of Avengers 4 has confirmed his departure.
Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 4, 2018
I can’t thank him enough for playing the role. And, I know I’ll be teary-eyed when I see him for the last time, but he has given the memories that will live on forever.
All hail, Chris Evans. God bless, Captain America.