In 2011, the MCU released its fifth movie, Captain America: The First Avenger starring Chris Evans as the titular hero. Seven years have passed and it looks like we will be saying goodbye to Chris Evans, and by extension Steve Rogers, after the fourth Avengers movie which is slated for release in May 2019. Over the years, the fans have come to love both Evans and Captain America, so both will surely be dearly missed. The role of Captain America has pretty much defined Chris Evans' career. While he wasn't exactly a nobody before he joined the MCU, he wasn't a huge star either. But after spending almost a decade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's no doubt that Chris Evans is now a universally recognized Hollywood A-list star.
However, the part of Captain America was not Chris Evans' first superhero role. As you may or may not remember, Chris Evans also portrayed Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in the Fantastic Four franchise. Naturally, since Evans played two superheroes, both of whom are characters from Marvel Comics, the internet felt the need to create heaps of memes about it. We did a little research and fund 20 hilarious Chris Evans superhero memes.
20 IDENTITY CRISIS
Captain America: The First Avenger was a movie about how a skinny kid from Brooklyn named Steve Rogers became the world’s first superhero. Due to numerous health issues, Steve Rogers was rejected from military service despite several attempts to enlist. Determined to serve, he volunteered for the top-secret Super Soldier program, which enhanced Steve to the peak of human perfection. Finally, Steve was given the green light to join the war, but as a mascot under the moniker Captain America. After single-handedly liberating captured Allied prisoners of war, Steve was given a combat role in the war. While on a mission to capture Armin Zola, Steve Rogers crashed into the Arctic and spent 70 years encased in ice until he was found by S.H.I.E.L.D. in the 21st century.
S.H.I.E.L.D. cleared Steve Rogers for duty, gave him a new suit and sent him off to fight an army of aliens with other superheroes. And why wouldn’t they? The Super Soldier serum granted Steve Rogers enhanced durability, enhanced stamina and regenerative healing factor, just to name a few, so what possible reason could S.H.I.E.L.D. have not to give Steve a clean bill of health. Well, perhaps they should have paid closer attention to his mental health. He seems to have forgotten who he is.
19 MISSING SINCE 2007
Captain America is the paragon of courage and righteousness. Steve Rogers has always been known for his noble and honest spirit, empathy and intolerance towards injustice. Steve is the example of the perfect hero whose morals are incorruptible and whose will is indomitable, which is why the other Avengers want to follow him. And Chris Evans portrays Steve Rogers perfectly. Not only does he look the part, Evans has the acting chops to effortlessly transform into this idealistic All-American Boy we know and love from the comics.
Evans’ role as Captain America in the MCU is in stark contrast with his role as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies. The impulsive and immature Johnny Storm is far more self-centered. For Johnny, having superpowers and being a superhero is about having fun and stealing the spotlight every once in a while. Sure, he will help people and fight the bad guys, but he will also stick around to get recognition. Unlike Steve, Johnny was not a responsible team leader and would often disappear without a notice, leaving his team members to figure out where he disappeared this time. On one such occasion in 2007, Johnny disappeared and was never seen again. What could have possibly happened to him?
The year 2016 was the golden age for hero vs. hero movies. First, the DC Extended Universe made a movie in which Batman and Superman had a brief fight before realizing that both their mommies are named Martha and deciding to cease and desist. Then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe gave us a movie about an ideological conflict between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, which led to a showdown between their respective teams of superheroes. The two heroes clashed over the issue of Sokovian Accords, however, countless memes that have plagued the internet over the last few years have made their argument about anything but that.
Is the dress white or blue? Is Holland the best Spider-Man or Maguire? Does the recording say Yanny or Laurel? And so on and so forth. Other times, the argument is about more personal issues, such as in this case. It’s no secret that the Human Torch didn’t look all that great in the Fantastic Four movie and Stark knows it. So, when Whiplash kind of set him on fire in Iron Man 2, Stark decided to poke some fun at his buddy Steve Rogers. Little did he know that his actions would be the cause of a war.
17 THOUGHT THEY LOOKED SIMILAR
One actor playing two different comic book characters is of course nothing new. Jon Favreau who plays Tony Stark’s chauffeur Happy Hogan previously portrayed Foggy Nelson in the 2003 Daredevil movie. Ryan Reynolds who’s currently playing the Merc with a Mouth, but he also made the horrible decision to do that terrible Green Lantern movie. And 2018 proved to be a monumental year for Josh Brolin who appeared as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Cable in Deadpool 2. Josh Brolin’s Avengers: Infinity War co-star Chris Evans also portrayed two comic book characters in his career.
In 2005, Chris Evans starred in the Fantastic Four movie alongside Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Julian McMahnon, which received mostly negative reviews and a surprising sequel. So, in 2007, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was released to slightly better reviews but still nowhere near what is generally considered a positive reception. When the third movie was canceled, Chris Evans went on to play a different superhero -- Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that the Fantastic Four are back in Marvel’s capable hands many are expecting the superhero group to appear in the MCU. But, we’re pretty sure the part of Human Torch will need to be re-cast.
16 FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK
The big fight between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War did not come out of nowhere. Ever since their first encounter in Marvel’s The Avengers these two heroes haven’t exactly seen eye to eye. Their showdown in Captain America: Civil War is the culmination of a conflict that started years ago. In the fist Avengers film, Steve Rogers implied that apart from the suit of armor Tony Stark had nothing else going for him, but Tony had the perfect reply. Well, tables have turned and now it’s Tony asking the important question. Who is Steve Rogers without the shield?
Well, funny he should ask that because Steve Rogers too has the perfect reply ready to go. Clearly, Robert Downey Jr. hadn’t taken into account that Captain America is not the only superhero Chris Evans has portrayed. Before Evans became Steve Rogers, received the Super Soldier serum, picked up the shield and joined the Avengers, he hung out with a different group of superheroes. So, even if you were to take away the shield from Steve Rogers, he’d still be a hero. He wouldn’t be the Cap anymore, but thanks to Chris Evans he’d just go back to being the Human Torch.
The Matrix Morpheus meme is possibly one of the most widespread memes on the internet. According to the available data, the meme originated on Reddit back in 2012. The meme features a screen capture of the Matrix character Morpheus, played by Lawrence Fishburne, with the two-line caption. The caption starts with "What if I told you" and it is followed by a revelation that undercuts something that is pointless, trivial or common knowledge. Interestingly enough, the line "what if I told you" was not uttered in the movie, which could mean that this is yet another one of those weird cases of the Mandela effect.
But, if you remember seeing Chris Evans’s flaming figure soaring across the sky, there's no reason to worry. That did in fact happen. Before he was cast as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Evans portrayed the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four franchise. Evans looked significantly different back then though. Besides being younger, he sported a buzzcut and wasn’t nearly as buff as he is now. But even then, Evans had all the makings of a hero. Unfortunately, the Fantastic Four movies didn’t quite work out as planned. Thankfully, the MCU managed to redeem Chris Evans.
14 DECISIONS, DECISIONS
Life is all about making decisions. Do you get Chinese or pizza for dinner? Do you stay at home and binge Jessica Jones or go out with friends? Do you go to college or get a job after high school? If you do go to college, what major do you choose? Do you spend your hard-earned money on comics, figurines and t-shirts or do you use it to buy stuff you need for the home? Decisions, decisions… At every step, we must make some kind of a decision that could possibly have lasting consequences. And since we are only human, after all, oftentimes we are indecisive. But don’t let that worry you too much. Chris Evans seems to be having the same problem with making decisions. Surely, having two superhero alter-egos can’t be easy and it has clearly taken a toll on Evans.
Pictured on the meme above, the pensive Evans seems to be contemplating whether he should flame on and take to the skies or jump into his Captain America persona and throw his shield. An important decision for sure, but we hope he makes up his mind fast because if the enemy is at the door either one of these guys would be pretty useful.
13 HOW TO MAKE IT AS A SUPERHERO
Making it big in any profession, including acting, is challenging, arduous, but rewarding work. Success doesn’t come overnight. Even the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have experienced hardships in order to get to where they are now. Take Chris Evans for example. Nowadays, Chris Evans is one of the best-known actors the world and all thanks to his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor will soon be bidding his farewell, and as difficult as it is going to be to say goodbye to Captain America, it will be equally as difficult to say goodbye to the man who has dedicated almost a decade of his life to portraying this iconic comic book character.
Playing Captain America for nearly ten years has turned Chris Evans into one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. However, Evans wasn’t always such a huge star. Before the MCU got off the ground, Evans tried to make a name for himself by starring as a different superhero in Fox’s Fantastic Four movie. The MCU star portrayed the Human Torch in two Fantastic Four movies, that weren’t exactly of the best quality. Luckily, that didn’t stop Chris Evans from trying again when Marvel came knocking only four years after the release of the second Fantastic Four movie. He started from the bottom but look at him now.
12 TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
Chris Evans is one of the not so few actors who have portrayed more than one comic book character in their career. Back in 2005, Evans appeared for the first time as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in Fantastic Four. Two years later, Chris Evans reprised his role in the sequel movie, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The Fantastic Four franchise received mostly negative reviews from both the critics and the audience and the planned third movie was canceled. Four years after the release of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Chris Evans was back in the realm of comic book movies, this time as part of the growing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In 2011, Marvel Studios released its fourth movie, Captain America: The First Avenger with Chris Evans as the eponymous hero. This time around, Evans indeed struck gold and became an integral part of the MCU. His role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe made him an A-lister and a household name. Chris Evans is now universally recognized as Captain America and most people have all but forgotten that he once played that flaming guy in Fantastic Four. Still, the fact remains that with this guy you get two superheroes for the price of one.
11 GOOD JOB BARRY
The CW’s Flash has this nasty habit of traveling back in time, interacting and messing with past events, screwing things up usually for the worse rather than for the better. Over the course of four years, we’ve witness Barry mess up pretty much everyone’s life, including his own. But what if all the time travel that Barry did actually led to something good for a change? Is it possible that somewhere out there positive outcomes of Barry’s meddling with time have occurred that we just don't know about? Well, as it tuns out, not only is it possible, it has actually happened and in a big way.
As we all know, the Fantastic Four movies haven’t exactly been the best the superhero genre has to offer. The Tim Story franchise with Chris Evans as the Human Torch was ridiculed by fans on every occasion, until the reboot with Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch came out and proved that it is possible to do far worse. Thankfully though, both of these amazing actors were saved by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Evans has been playing Captain America for years now and Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger stands as one of the best villains in Marvel and superhero movies in general. And all of that happened thanks to Barry Allen.
10 HE’S A FRIEND FROM WORK
So, in the year of our lord 2017, Disney made a deal with 20th Century Fox to acquire the rights to Marvel characters including the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Naturally, none of these characters have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet, but at least now there’s hope that at some point they will be introduced in a future movie or television series. Prior to the release of Avengers: Infinity War fan theories were suggesting that some of the X-Men or Fantastic Four characters might make an appearance in Infinity War. As we all know, that did not happen and we’ll have to wait a bit more for either of these two groups to join the MCU.
Of course, for either of these two groups to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe the roles would have to be re-cast. Obviously, the MCU can’t use the new Fantastic Four cast because Michael B. Jordan played both the Human Torch as well as the villain Killmonger in Black Panther. However, using the old cast wouldn’t work either. Chris Evans, also known as the actor who plays Captain America, played the Human Torch in the older Fantastic Four movies. So, if the Human Torch was to sweep in to save the day in Infinity War, it would have gotten a bit confusing.
9 HOW DEADPOOL SEES CAPTAIN AMERICA
Deadpool’s Wet on Wet teaser was quite possibly the most imaginative and hilarious piece of advertisement for Deadpool 2. It just doesn’t get any better than Ryan Reynolds dressed up as Deadpool, dressed up as Bob Ross, pretending to draw a breathtaking landscape while being high as a kite. If for some reason you haven’t seen this masterpiece of a teaser, that only shows footage form the movie for all of ten seconds, you better go fix that right now. We'll wait.
Not surprisingly, the movie lived up to the hilarious marketing campaign, providing lots of laughs, fourth-wall-breaking jokes and oh so many Easter eggs. Deadpool even got the opportunity to showcase his artistic talents in the movie by drawing up a plan of attack with crayons, although it wasn’t such high-quality work as his work in Wet on Wet. The infamous teaser inspired the creation of tons of hilarious memes by internet's most talented comedians. This particular meme shows us how Deadpool sees Captain America. Chris Evans may have stopped being the Human Torch over a decade ago, but Deadpool still sees him as Johnny Storm. Although we find Deadpool’s joke hilarious, we doubt Steve Rogers will feel the same.
8 HOW TO DEFEAT THANOS
Avengers: Infinity War came out and hit us like a ton of bricks. We knew Thanos was coming, we knew he was bringing his army, we knew he wouldn’t go down easy, we knew lives were gonna be lost, we knew all that and more, but we were not prepared for what came. Ten years of Marvel movies weren’t enough to prepare us for the emotional roller coaster that was Avengers: Infinity War. We kept expecting our heroes to find some way out, a way to defeat Thanos, to save the Earth -- the Universe, and it almost happened, yet Thanos still won.
Despite the herculean efforts of Thor to forge a weapon that will be powerful enough to kill the titan; despite the fearlessness shown by the team that battled Thanos on Titan; despite the indomitable will of the team in Wakanda that faced off against the Black Order and Outriders, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes could not reign victorious over the Mad Titan. But, a number of heroes were absent from the fight, which has led to questions about whether they could have tipped the scales. And according to this meme, the hero that could have made the difference in the battle against Thanos is the Human Torch, but Chris Evans used the wrong powers.
7 I’M STILL HERE, GUYS
As the big finale of this version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew closer, fans went wild with their speculations about who will be left standing after the battle with Thanos. Actors like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth have contracts that come to an end with the still untitled Avengers 4 movie and that has led fans to believe that Iron Man, Captain America and Thor won’t make it out alive. Chris Evans even announced that Avengers 4 will be his last appearance as the Star Spangled Man with a Plan in the MCU. Steve Rogers’ possible -- or if you will, impending death has stirred a debate over who should take on the mantle of Captain America once Steve is dead.
The first obvious choice is, of course, Cap’s childhood best friend and ex-army buddy, James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier. The other option, is Steve Rogers’ new best buddy, Sam Wilson, aka Falcon. There are various theories about how each of these plotlines could come to pass, as well as tons of amazing fan art depicting either Bucky or Sam as Captain America. But, as fun as these theories are, and as jaw-dropping as the fan art is, it is important to remember that Steve Rogers is still alive.
6 COLLECT ALL SUPERPOWERS
At the moment, at least until May next year, Chris Evans is our Captain America. Evans has been playing Steve Rogers ever since Captain America: The First Avenger, which came out in 2011. But before he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Evans played a different Marvel superhero. In 2005, Evans appeared for the first time as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in Fantastic Four. Despite poor reviews, Fantastic Four received a surprising sequel movie in 2007. However, since the sequel didn’t do much better than the original, plans for the third movie were canceled. But what did Chris Evans do in the period between the moment Fantastic Four ended and his run in the Marvel Cinematic Universe began? Well, he was playing yet another superhero, what else.
In 2009, Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle and Djimon Hounsou starred in a sci-fi action thriller movie centered on a group of people born with superhuman abilities who come together in order to take down a government agency that aims to enhance their powers in hopes of creating an army of super soldiers. Push, as the movie was titled, was panned by the critics for being too convoluted. Evans played Nick Grant, a Mover, which translates to telekinetic powers.
Chris Evans has been playing Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years now. In 2011, Evans made his debut as the Star Spangled Man in Captain America: The First Avenger, the movie that gave us the origin story of Captain America. One year later, Steve Rogers returned in The Avengers to fend off an alien invasion. In 2014, Evans’ starred in his second solo MCU movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is where the scene you see above was taken from. Now, after having played Captain America in two movies, you’d think Chris Evans would be aware of the powers his character has.
However, it appears that Evans got his two superhero roles mixed up and thought he was still playing the Human Torch. Expecting to burst into flames and fly away, he jumped out of the elevator, only to realize midair that he got the wrong movie. Really, Chris? It’s been seven years since you last put on that horrible blue onesie and flamed on. How is it possible that you’re still hang up on that movie? Besides, it’s not like you downgraded with Captain America. On the contrary, your role in the MCU saved you from being forever remembered as the guy who played Human Torch.
4 THERE'S ALWAYS HOPE
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most profitable movie franchise ever. Four MCU movies are in the top ten highest grossing movies of all time, including Avengers: Infinity War, which is number four on the list and still making money. Actors’ careers have been saved and made by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Robert Downey Jr. hit rock bottom after his affair with substance abuse and the MCU literally revived his career. Iron Man made him relevant again, made him an even greater star than he ever was before. Actors like Tom Holland and Elizabeth Olsen finally got their big break by starring in an MCU movie.
But most importantly, the good guys over at Marvel Studios saved the career of not one, but two Fantastic Four actors. Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, portrayed the Human Torch in the Tim Story Fantastic Four franchise. These movies weren’t exactly creme de la creme, but thankfully the MCU managed to redeem Evans. Years later, Michael B. Jordan played the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot, which managed to be even worse than its predecessors. However, Jordan too was redeemed by the MCU when he was cast as Killmonger in Black Panther. Good job, Marvel.
3 SOMEWHERE MICHAEL B. JORDAN IS CRYING
For a long time, the Tim Story Fantastic Four movies stood as the paragon of bad comic book movie adaptations. Described as juvenile and simplistic with subpar acting, bland storytelling and poor attempts at wit, it seemed like the Fantastic Four movies couldn’t possibly get any worse. So, when a reboot was announced we were genuinely optimistic, cautious, but optimistic nonetheless. Given how bad the past two movies were, it was hard to imagine that anyone could make a reboot that would be able to reach new levels of awfulness. But, we underestimated 20th Century Fox, the director Josh Trank, as well as writers Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg.
With an approval rating of 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, the Fantastic Four reboot, starring awesome actors such as Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell, is one of the lowest rated superhero movies of all time. Not only did it "surpass" the previous two Fantastic Four films, the 2015 reboot beat some pretty tough competition -- including Judge Dredd, Superman IV, and Batman & Robin. No wonder Chris Evans can’t stop smiling. Compared to the train wreck that was the 2015 Fantastic Four film, his Fantastic Four movies were underappreciated works of art. So, keep on smiling Chris.
2 IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED…
If you open Google and look up "actors who played multiple comic book characters" you will get a bunch of results and find out that there are more such actors than you may have initially thought. Some of these actors are extremely lucky and in both cases their movies are successful. For example, Josh Brolin who played Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Cable in Deadpool 2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson didn’t have the worst luck either -- starring in Kick-Ass and appearing as Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. On the other hand, not a single one of Ben Affleck’s superhero movies is widely considered a success.
But, between these two extremes, there are those actors who started off by doing a bad superhero movie and eventually got a role in a good superhero movie. Chris Evans started his superhero career by playing Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch in the 2005 Fantastic Four film. Six years later, Evans was given the opportunity to redeem himself as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Coincidentally, the MCU also saved the second actor who portray the Human Torch. Michael B. Jordan starred in the failed 2015 Fantastic Four reboot prior to being cast as Killmonger in Black Panther.
1 WRONG HERO
In 2005, the Fantastic Four came to the big screen in a movie directed by Tim Story. The film starred Ioan Gruffudd as Mr. Fantastic, Jessica Alba as the Invisible Woman, Chris Evans as the Human Torch, Michael Chiklis as the Thing and Julian McMahnon as Doctor Doom. Despite not getting rave reviews, a sequel was green-lit and two years later Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was upon us. The cast reprised their roles, luckily, for the last time. The actors moved on to better things -- Michael Chiklis appeared on shows like American Crime Story and Gotham, Ioan Gruffudd briefly starred on ABC’s excellent but short-run series Forever, Jessica Alba went to do rom-coms and Chris Evans became Captain America in the MCU.
Chris Evans has been playing Steve Rogers since Captain America: The First Avenger, which came out in 2011. So, four years after hanging up his blue spandex, Evans put on a different costume and once again became a superhero. However, this time he wasn’t a flaming human torch. Now, he was a super soldier with a vibranium shield. An adjustment for sure, and Chris Evans experienced some difficulties getting used to his new role, as the meme so aptly illustrates.