‘Avengers: Endgame’: What Did Chris Evans Get to Keep From the Movie?
The social media chatter about Avengers: Endgame has been intense, both with serious adulation and satire (of the “Avenge the Fallen” posters). If you think fans are emotional about this upcoming Avengers sequel, the cast also became emotionally attached to the characters.
One of those is Chris Evans who’s played Captain America in 10 related or non-related films. After eight years portraying the same superhero character, he now outdoes other actors who’ve portrayed superheroes on the big screen. Only Christopher Reeve played Superman for nine years, but not in 10 movies.
Because Avengers: Endgame will be Evans’ last time playing Captain America, Evans had a chance to keep a physical part of his superhero film legacy.
Looking back to the beginning of Captain America on film
Trying to get Captain America to the big screen was problematic back before Evans landed the role in 2011. His first film as the character was in Captain America: The First Avenger, which stayed very faithful to the original comic book incarnation.
While this constituted the Marvel Cinematic Universe (that’s since grown as large as our real universe), there were several attempts at cinematic Captain Americas in the past.
The first came from a 1940s serial very loosely based on the comic book series. It wasn’t until an offbeat 1973 Turkish superhero film did we see Captain America on the big screen. However, his appearance in Three Giant Men was reportedly a copyright violation.
Before a new movie version of Captain America arrived, there were two live-action movies made for television in 1979 with former NFL star Reb Brown in the role.
After a 1990 movie, nobody thought Captain America would work in live-action
There isn’t any denying the 1990 movie Captain America was an unmitigated disaster. Even so, it’s interesting trivia to note iconic author J.D. Salinger’s son (Matt Salinger) starred as the good Captain.
After the movie failed miserably, nobody thought we’d see a Captain America realized in live-action form again. The animated versions were churned out aplenty on television in ensuing years. Yet, we knew all along it could be done effectively in live-action with the right actor and writing.
What it apparently took was catching up to special effects evolution, director Kevin Feige, plus the screenwriting partnership of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Chris Evans has captured the true essence of Captain America, including being the definitive version heading into Avengers: Endgame.
Evans will be able to take a literal piece of the character with him
According to a recent Hollywood Reporter interview of Evans, he’s being allowed to keep his Captain America shield and cowl as mementos. However, he notes the emotion of ending the role was a lot more than he expected during final day of filming.
Now he’s pushing the studio to give him the entire suit, something that has precedent when you consider Chris Hemsworth apparently kept his Thor costume. Latter got to the point where he became so buff, he couldn’t fit into the costume.
Keeping one’s superhero costume appears to be a first in movie history. What will it mean to Evans years from now after hopefully acting in movies about real people?
Will cinematic superheroes be considered career highs 50 years from now?
Evans is only 37 years old, so he has a long movie career still ahead of him. If he keeps his Captain America costume in a closet, you have to wonder what he’ll think of the role when looking back during his 70s or 80s.
While some might think great actors playing in the MCU is a career comedown, these films aren’t going to stop considering how much money they make.
It’ll be interesting to see how this view evolves in coming decades and if fans make superhero movies mainstream human dramas rather than just fantasies.