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Chris Evans' Journey As Captain America From Fear Of Failure To Getting Replaced

Some actors are born to play a particular role, but most hurting part of their journey is that it ends one day. Recently, we witnessed the end of Hugh Jackman's time as the Wolverine. No one is yet able to think about his replacement, and same is the case with some other superheroes and characters. Let's talk about Chris Evans' journey as Captain America.Chris Evans was no stranger to superhero films when he first stepped into the shoes of Captain America, but the role was not an easy one. He had to make many sacrifices to pull off one of the most famous characters in Marvel comics.Chris Evans' beloved character, Captain America has been a part of Marvel's biggest hits in past few years. He has appeared in five films (without uncredited cameos) since his first one, Captain America: The First Avenger. But the journey was not an easy one because it is not easy to sign a big franchise like Marvel. Chris also had some second thoughts regarding playing the character, but he did it, and we know how successful it became.Here we have gathered many interesting facts about Chris Evans' journey as Captain America.

The dilemma of choosing the role.

Chris Evans initially turned down the role of Captain America three times because Marvel offered him a nine-movie contract at first. Marvel wanted him to play the role, so, they kept coming to him and asked him to do it. But Chris was not sure of what he should do, play it or refuse it.

Chris liked the story of Steve Rogers.

Though he feared to play the character, he was impressed with the story of Steve Rogers (Captain America). He thought that if Steve was not a comic book character, he would still portray his story on screen.

Marvel played a masterstroke to convince him.

Chris had many doubts regarding the portrayal of the character, firstly, the long commitment, second was if the movie would be successful or not, and third was his less interest in the comic book characters. But Marvel convinced him by reducing the number of movies. He then signed a six-movie contract with Marvel Comics.

His first role in the franchise was in Captain America: The First Avenger.

To play the alter ego of Captain America, Steve Rogers, Chris did not drop much weight. The director of the movie, David Fincher wanted to use special effects to make Chris look like a gaunt but producers were not ready to do it. They wanted to use a skinny kid as Steve's double, but Chris protested and told everyone that he would do everything, but, no body doubles will be used.Later the director of the movie used trick photography, loose clothes and head-replacement effects.

Playing the role of two superheroes in one franchise.

Before the start of Captain America series, Chris had already played the role of one superhero in Marvel Studio's films. He played the role of 'The Human Torch' in Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).

He changed his opinion after playing the character.

Anyone would dismiss Captain America's character for being old fashioned, according to comics. But Chris Evans surely made him one of the important parts of Marvel Cinematic Universe. After refusing the role at the beginning, last year he said, "For the past six, there's always been ‘next year, we start on that one,’ and it’s been wonderful. Especially because the movies are so good. When you make good movies, who wants to stop doing that? So, I don’t know. We’ll see."

According to the movie, he is the first Avenger, but it is not correct.

The first Captain America movie which was released in 2011 called him as the first Avenger, but according to comic books, he is the fifth. He joined Ant-Man, Wasp, Iron Man, and Thor.

He suffered many injuries during the shooting of the films.

During the shoot of iconic helicopter scene in Civil War, he injured his biceps. He even called the position of the shooting the scene unnatural.

Robert Downey Jr. was one of his best friends on the set.

Everyone knows about his friendship with Scarlett Johansson but Chris said that RDJ was one of his best friends too. In an interview, he said, "I feel like he walks into a room and just glows. He owns the oxygen. He has a very calming effect on me. He can speak to you like you’re the only person in the room and that you have his undivided attention."

Marvel thought of killing the character.

Marvel was not sure if Chris wanted to extend his character or not, so they even decided to kill the character in the movie, Captain America: Civil War but later changed their plans. 

Giving up the mantle in the third movie.

Chris Evans gave up the mantle in his third standalone movie, Captain America: Civil War, after a brutal fight with Iron Man and it is not possible to say if he would take it back or not.

End of Evans as Captain America.

It is hard to imagine Marvel Cinematic Universe without Chris Evans as Captain America. But it has been confirmed that he will leave the character after Avengers 4 which will be released on May 3, 2019.

But, his will for playing the character is still alive.

Chris Evans still wants to play the character and he is the same person who refused a nine-movie contract with Marvel. In an interview during the release of his movie Gifted, he was asked if he would like to continue playing Captain America in the franchise after Avengers 4. To which he replied, "However they want to proceed after Avengers 4, it’s really up to them. I walk away with no regrets and endlessly thankful."

Nothing lasts forever.

In an interview, Chris Evans said, "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."