Chris Evans’ performance as Captain America is so iconic that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has compared it to Christopher Reeve’s celebrated portrayal of the Man of Steel.
Despite actors ranging from Dean Cain and Tom Welling to Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill taking turns as beloved superhero in the modern era, Reeve is widely considered the quintessential Superman.
“He’s a reluctant star,” Feige acknowledged to Vanity Fair, referring to Evans, “but I think he’s become — and I’ve said this to him — for as amazing as all of our actors are at embodying these characters, every single one of them, he’s one that reminds me, alongside Christopher Reeve, as just like ‘these are the characters.'”
When the writer noted that journalists sometime refer to Evans as “Cap,” rather than by his name, Feige replied, “I think he’s a great actor, and I think he can do whatever he wants to do, but even when you look at his Twitter account and taking a stand on things, it’s like, ‘Is he becoming Captain America?’ Which I think is great.”
However, he admitted that casting the role of Captain America was “super hard.”
“I started to think, ‘Are we not going to be able to find Captain America, and if we can’t, what are we going to do with Avengers? Is the whole thing going to fall apart?” And, then, finally opening ourselves up to Chris Evans, who we had initially sort of just looked past because he was Johnny Storm in a Fantastic Four franchise. Then, bringing him in and showing him the artwork, showing him what was happening in this movie, and he took a weekend to decide.”
Evans reprises the role in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, arriving May 4, 2018.
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