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We Have A Captain America, and His Name Is Johnny Storm (I Mean, Chris Evans)

22 Mar 2010

This just in, actor Chris Evans has accepted Marvel’s offer to play the role of Captain America, which we reported several days ago. All the wheels have since been set into motion. With the hero choice locked, director Joe Johnston (“Wolfman”) is set to begin shooting “The First Avenger: Captain America” in Europe this summer.

Though a number of good men had reportedly read and tested for the role – including Scott Porter, Mike Vogel, John Krasinski and Chace Crawford – they all fell to the wayside, the final choices coming down to Channing Tatum (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra”), “Gossip Girl” actor Sebastian Stan, and Evans, who hadn’t even been initially considered.

Evans’ contract stipulates up to a trilogy of “America” films (“Cap Begins,” “The Dark Shield” and “Inception,” obviously) as well as appearances in the inevitable “Avengers” movie and other Marvel-related franchises.

One little hitch: Evans has already signed to co-star in the Anna Faris romantic comedy, “What’s Your Number?,” which is also scheduled to shoot this summer. Though really, film bloggers, let’s not pretend like that’s a serious problem in the face of being offered Marvel’s big papa role and the gazillion dollars that will invariably come along with it. Remember, Evans was marked by Forbes in 2009 as one of the world’s “Most Bankable Stars.”

But can the monumental role of Captain America bank on Evans? Sure, he’s played a superhero before (the Human Torch/Johnny Storm in “Fantastic Four”), but we all remember – or have we already suppressed it – how bad that one went. Oh, wait, there were two? Shoot me.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last Friday, respected comic artist Alex Ross also shared his doubts about casting a young actor, saying:

“We’ve been saying for years, if you don’t sign Jon Hamm to play this part, you’re crazy. Captain America is supposed to be the patriarch of the Marvel universe. To get a guy in his early to mid-20s is only thinking about where the character began, not what he ultimately needs to become.”

Evans, 28, certainly embodies the clean-cut and athletic appearance of Steve Rogers. There’s also the choice of 26-year-old Chris Hemsworth (who played Kirk’s father in 2009’s “Star Trek”) as Thor, which reinforces Marvel’s decision to start their comic franchises young. How the two men will play credibly next to the 44-year-old Robert Downey Jr. in an Avengers movie, though, is beyond me.

That having been said, Evans certainly gave a strong and emotional performance in Danny Boyle’s film “Sunshine,” so he might just be able to pull it off. Plus, he has time to grow into the role. And when all’s been said and done, I’m just excited to know that come 2011 and 2012, I’ll be sitting in a plush theater chair, watching more great Marvel franchises explode onto the big screen.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 2 Sep 2010 7:40 PM

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  2. 22 Mar 2010 10:03 PM

    I personally can’t see it in my mind of him playing Captain America. However, I guess it could of been worse. For Chris Evans, a great career move considering he most likely signed a nine-picture deal (big $$$) to play in sequels and other Marvel movies.

  3. 22 Mar 2010 6:31 PM

    I was on Yahoo and found your blog. Read a few of your other posts. Good work. I am looking forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Tom Stanley

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