MCU Star Chris Evans Comments on Post-Marvel Life: ‘I Already Miss It’
Chris Evans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently signed off as Captain America. Ending his multi-film run as the superhero in the 2019 box office smash Avengers: Endgame, the MCU star is now focused on other roles and producing projects.
In a recent interview, Evans discussed how he developed the iconic character and is now concentrating on life after Steve Rogers.
Chris Evans says goodbye to Cap … or does he?
While Evans had some film credits to his name before joining the Marvel franchise including Cellular and Fantastic Four, taking on the role of Captain America launched him to mega celebrity status. Though it’s been established that he’s played the character for the last time, Evans appears to be keeping the door a tad ajar.
“You never say never. I love the character. I don’t know,” he told Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson in Vanity Fair. “It’s not a hard no, but it’s not an eager yes either. There are other things that I’m working on right now. I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey.”
The MCU star insists that if he was to consider resuming the character, the storyline would have to have a lot to offer.
“If you’re going to revisit it, it can’t be a cash grab. It can’t be just because the audience wants to be excited,” Evans explained. “What are we revealing? What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together.”
‘Captain America’ star on becoming an actor
When he started his career and had to endure the rigors of auditioning, Evans admitted to having to psych himself up when trying out for a part.
“Ninety-five percent of the work is rejection,” the Avengers star recently told Backstage. “Those first 10 years, you’ve got to put the gloves on for every job and you’ve got to get in the ring. When all you hear in your head is that high-pitched buzzing sound and your palms are sweating and you feel like you can’t catch your breath, that’s the opposite of trying to drop into a moment.”
Over the years, Evans learned how to hone his craft. “You pull up a script. You read the first scene and you make your choices as if you were going to perform this next scene,” the MCU actor explained. “Try and map it out. Then, immediately afterward, watch the scene.”
The Not Another Teen Movie star also makes a habit of evaluating performances by other actors. “There is nothing more eye-opening that you can possibly do as an actor than to watch the way an actor you respect dissects a scene and makes their choices,” Evans said. “To stretch your acting muscle, go compare your choices to some other actors’ choices.
Moving on from Marvel
When Evans took on the career-making role of Captain America, he knew there would be expectations.
“Audiences are part of what will make [these films] work, and I owe that group my understanding of what they see,” he told Backstage. “At a certain point, you do have to say, ‘OK, I have to approach this the way I would anything else,’ and connect to it on a personal level without every single day being preoccupied with how it’s going to be perceived.”
Regarding new ventures, the actor recently appeared in the box office hit Knives Out. Also taking on double duty as executive producer and star of the Apple TV+ series Defending Jacob, Evans continues to relish new challenges.
“I absolutely loved my time with Marvel; I already miss it,” he admitted. “But there’s no denying that it is very exciting to just have complete freedom to pursue whatever my creative appetite wants.”