Ever since he made his cinematic debut as Steve Rogers in 2011 with Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans has embodied the spirit of the patriotic superhero both onscreen and off. Given his prior history as The Human Torch in Tim Story’s two Fantastic Four films, it was refreshing to see Evans hold his own alongside Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers.
Evans recently made an appearance at ACE Comic Con alongside his co-stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. During the panel, Evans gave props to none other than Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. for serving as a great mentor to him throughout their work together in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“He’s such a wonderful guy and is so talented, so experienced, and so supportive. He’s always been in my corner and I’ve always felt supported by him. He really brings everybody in to the group and makes sure everyone feels welcome, especially on this last one.”
Evans also expressed that he feels that Downey’s portrayal of Iron Man is so perfect that no one should even dare take over the role from him:
“No matter what it feels like for me, I try to imagine what it feels like for him, because he really did start this. He really is so irreplaceable. Nobody can ever be Iron Man. It’s not a role like Superman or Batman that can kind of find different incarnations, no one can touch it.”
Given the massive Disney/Fox merger, Evans was asked about his thoughts about crossing over with the Fantastic Four as well as potentially reprising his role as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, playing two roles in the MCU, to which he humorously responds:
“I know, like a little parent trap right? I would love that, I really would. That would be a lot of fun. I doubt they’d ever let me do that though.”
The last time Evans was seen as The Human Torch was in 2007 in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. It is unlikely that we will be seeing him reprise his role anytime soon so don’t expect Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis to return as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman and Ben Grimm/The Thing respectively.
Evans was also asked about whether he felt that playing Steve Rogers was ever an overwhelming experience, to which he claimed otherwise:
“No, it’s wonderful. It’s so nice. Sometimes I’ve played not so savory characters in the past and it’s, you know, you got to be in a really nasty headspace and you can’t help but take some of that home with you and it can feel like a little bit of a storm cloud.
But playing Cap, it’s such a nice energy to try to encompass every day. You can’t help but try and compare it to your own life and find kind of analogous circumstances where you can live up to the person you try to portray each day. No, its a blessing. I love it.”
Given the strange times we are living in right now, it’s nice to see that Evans strives to not only effectively play Captain America on the big screen, but to also embody the spirit of the character’s patriotism and heroism in real-life. After all, it’s hard not to be a bit inspired after donning the stars and stripes for nearly seven years.
What do you think about Evans’ comments? Do you agree that Downey is irreplaceable as Iron Man? What about the hypothetical Parent Trap-esque Fantastic Four MCU crossover for Evans? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news regarding the MCU.
Evans will next be seen in Avengers: Infinity War. Here is the synopsis:
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Benicio Del Toro, Danai Gurira and Josh Brolin.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
Source: ACE Comic Con
5 Things We Want To See In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Avengers: Infinity War is arguably one of the most anticipated superhero films going into 2018. It’s the culmination of the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a massive event that will shape the course for future films in the series. Since the formation of this cinematic universe there was a hope and dream that the years would allow for a film of this magnitude would be made. It was beyond a lot of what people expected of superhero films of the time, but now it’s finally happening.
There are a lot of specific expectations for the film. It’s going to be a film that is highly scrutinized whether or not it is well received. Most of the fans have their own theories and things they’re hoping to see, so now is a perfect time to talk about our own expectations
Here are 5 things we want to see in Avengers: Infinity War. Click Next to continue.