‘Avengers: Endgame’: Chris Evans on the Hardest Part About Playing Captain America

Playing a superhero isn’t easy. 

Just ask Chris Evans who played Steve Rogers aka Captain America in Avengers: Endgame and the rest of the Avengers film franchise including his character’s own storylines in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and Captain America: Civil War (2016). 

Evans who has played Captain America for more than eight years (his character’s story may have come to an end in Avengers: Endgame…or maybe not) let fans in on the most challenging part of playing a superhero — and it wasn’t the workout or diet he had to follow to get in shape for the role — at ACE Comic-Con held in Seattle, Washington, in June of 2019.

“The trickiest thing about the character is he’s a good man and so trying to find new ways to make it interesting, that was the challenge because he always puts himself last and it became such a…real collaboration between myself and Kevin [Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President] and the Russos [Anthony and Joe Russo, directors and brothers] and Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely [writers] in terms of trying to preserve his nature,” Evans said per Comicbook.com.

Evans continued, saying at times it became difficult to portray his character on film because of his reserved personality. 

“He’s kind of a taciturn guy. He doesn’t kind of, you know there’s a lot of other characters in the Marvel universe who kind of use their words for creative advantage and Cap is a little bit more of a simple-minded guy and it’s hard to kind of create stories around him to at once create conflict, but not just make him the center cog where circumstance happens around him.”

The 38-year-old actor underscored that his character came to life on screen with the help of others, not just him. 

“In a lot of ways I would lean on the Kevin Feiges and Joe Russos and Markus and McFeely to try and help me find ways to make him at once consistent but entertaining,” Evans said. “It was a group effort.”

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The collaborative work environment proved to be successful given that Captain America had more screen time in Avengers: Endgame than any other major character in the film. He appeared in one hour and six minutes of the three-hour-and-two-minute film. Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark aka Iron Man came in second place with one hour and two minutes of screen time. 

Writers demonstrate the character’s growth through dialogue

Markus and McFeely demonstrated how Captain America has grown throughout the series with a joke in Avengers: Endgame. Iron Man poked fun at Captain America’s behind in his costume.

Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man defended him by saying, “That’s America’s a**.” Later in the film, Captain America made a callback to the joke when he fought another version of himself and said, “That IS America’s a**.” Feige noted the joke signaled a shift in the character, one that showed signs of “growing” and “loosening up.”  

Avengers: Endgame is already available on digital download and will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on Aug. 13.