Chris Evans Said He Would Have Loved to Play Spider-Man in the MCU

Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Chris Evans is known for playing Captain America in the MCU, the actor would have loved to play Spider-Man at some point in his career given that Spider-Man is one of his favorite superheroes from his childhood.

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The actor loved Spider-Man growing up

In an interview with Style, Evans revealed that his favorite Marvel superhero wasn’t actually Captain America. Instead, he preferred Spider-Man.

“I love Captain America, but Spider-Man was my childhood hero. I would have loved doing scenes like attaching myself to the sides of buildings and trying to spring from one building to the next,” he told Style.

Before wielding Captain America’s shield as Steve Rogers in the MCU, Evans played Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, in the Fantastic Four films in 2005 and 2007. Even though Evans never got to play Spider-Man in a Marvel film, the actor thinks it worked out for the best.

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“But I would have hated to wear Spider-Man’s mask. I’m very claustrophobic, and I doubt whether I could have worn that kind of full suit and mask for hours a day on a set. I much prefer my Captain America outfit, which I think is cooler anyway!” Evans said.

Chris Evans originally turned down playing Steve Rogers in the MCU

While Evans ended up enjoying his experience in the MCU, he originally turned down the role of Steve Rogers multiple times.

“I grew up knowing a lot about the business and even though a big film like that can mean a lot of money, it also puts you in a situation where you worry about not having any privacy. I was very worried about not being able to walk down the street without being recognised because I like my anonymity,” Evans told Style. “But the greater worry was the commitment to a long-term contract and knowing that for potentially the next 10 years of your life you’re going to be playing the same character. It was not an easy decision, but now I’m very happy with it.”

Chris Evans wants to do more directing after his time in the MCU

Evans directed and starred in the 2014 independent feature Before We Go. Going forward in his career, Evans wants to put more of a focus on directing.

“I love acting from the creative point, but I’m not very comfortable with the celebrity that comes with it. The media attention can be tiring at times and also you have to train for months and go on special diets. As a director you don’t have to do any of that. You can just throw yourself completely into the process of telling a story and bringing all the creative elements together. That’s why directing means so much to me,” Evans said.

He continued, “I love acting and I will always love that. It’s very fulfilling, but as an actor you’re only a small piece of the overall puzzle, and I love being in control when it comes to the process. If I could, I would get involved in every aspect of a film – the lighting, the camera work, the sets. I love all of it. As a director, you get to put all the pieces together and the trick is to bring all that creativity into one satisfying whole.”