Captain America 2 Interview: Chris Evans Talks About The Character’s Evolution & Issues

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits North American theaters this Friday and the day before it opens, star Chris Evans will be beginning to shoot for his role in the character’s next appearance – in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. But before he teams up again with Earth’s Mightiest, Cap forms a little team of his own with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as they battle The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

The film already opened in overseas markets with early reviews labeling it a contender for the best Marvel movie to date honor. That’s especially important considering the sequel’s role in bringing the mysterious S.H.I.E.L.D. organization to the forefront once again and bridging the gap between The Avengers and next year’s followup. Don Kaye had the opportunity to interview Chris Evans on behalf of Screen Rant where they spoke about The Winter Soldier and growing into the character as he evolves from film to film.

Their chat covers the evolution of the character – something Evans explains was needed to keep him interesting – and the relationships with other key characters in the film. They also touch on Cap’s new costume and if he’ll get something new again for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.


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This is your third time playing Cap – technically your fourth – how comfortable are you in Steve Rogers’ skin at this point and how close do you feel to this character?

Evans: I feel pretty good. I feel pretty good. You know, it’s – Marvel’s done a great job of giving him, you know, evolution and arcs, so you never feel stagnant, you never feel like the character’s become stale. I always feel like there’s more to discover and more to learn. So not only do I feel more comfortable than I ever have been, but he’s more entertaining than he ever has been as well.

And this movie is bigger in every way. The stakes are bigger, you’ve got some really heavy issues you’re dealing with – talk about that.

Well, they never really gave him issues. That was one of the issues – that was one of the concerns I had with the first couple of films, that, you know, when you’re dealing with a character that’s a boy scout, when you’re dealing with a guy who chooses never to bleed on anybody – he puts himself last – it’s going to be hard to find a dynamic plot that’s going to be engaging. He’s not this brooding Batman type or this smart-alecky Wolverine type – he’s just a good man, and then that can become a little mundane. And so for this movie, they really gave him some conflict. They gave him some hurdles he had to jump in terms of who he’s working for and, you know, he had to really define who he is as a man and there were just questions of morality and values that really were a challenge.

Also, in terms of the political context of the movie, it’s very relevant to things that are going on today.

Certainly, yeah. As we were making the film, you know, all that Snowden stuff came out and it was, “Wow, this is wildly applicable,” and very fortunately relevant for what’s going on right now.

Let’s talk about a couple of the relationships, starting with Black Widow. You guys have a very complicated relationship in this film, would you say?

Sure. Well, you know, we pick up with Natasha and Cap and they’ve been working for S.H.I.E.L.D. for, you know, a while now since “The Avengers” and they’ve been on a few missions and… they’re very different people. You know, Natasha’s made a life of deceit and lies, and Cap couldn’t lie if he tried. It’s a bit of an odd couple, and without giving too much away, something happens and as a result, they’re required to depend upon each other.

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It seems like you and Anthony Mackie have instant chemistry in this film.

Yeah, well, I’ve known Mackie for years. Mackie and I, we did a movie together back in 2010 and we’ve run in some similar circles and we’re very similar people and we get along very effortlessly. So it was a real treat hearing that he was going to do this movie.

And that’s a good thing going forward, because it looks like he’s going to be in a couple more of these down the line.

As he should!

We see a little bit of a different look for Captain America in this film. Going forward, do you know what they have in store for you look-wise in “Avengers 2”?

Yeah, I got a little peek at the “Avengers” costume. It’s great. They – oh God, I want to say things but I don’t know if I should, ‘cause this is what’s going to get me in trouble tomorrow. I can’t say anything. But it’s good. I’ll just say it’s good.

And without saying anything, are you excited for what Joss (Whedon) has got in store for everybody in this film (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”)?

Very much so, very much so.

When you start shooting?

April 3rd.

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Are you happy to see how Evans has grown into the role and how Steve Rogers has changed from film to film, in terms of his character traits, combat skills and costumes? Let us know in the comments!


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Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. I’m glad to hear him sound a bit happier about this one, seeming a bit more relaxed in the interview. he’s seemed pretty down lately regarding his whole career so it’s nice to see him be more comfortable with his character and performance.

    and having seen the film last weekend, I think it’s safe to say that it shows in the movie too. :)

    Me personally, I really hope whedon does give cap more conflict, let’s him make mistakes. that’s probably what will make the last peeps who’re not as excited about the character change their minds. nothing that will compromise the character, but that makes him accessible enough so that it feels like more of a triumph when he succeeds in doing what’s right.

    • I’m also happy to read this. I think the whole career thing got blown up in the press. He shot down the idea of retiring on one of the morning shows, I think. Seems like he’s a normal guy who dared to say “Gee, you know the Marvel contract is pretty intense. If I’m acting at all over the next few years, I just can’t see spending any more time in the public eye than I already am,” which, to me translated into: Once the Marvel thing expires, I’ll be able to load another log onto the fire, but probably not before.

      As for the “making mistakes” thing, I think Cap’s story-tellers have a similar burden to Superman’s. He’s not all powerful like Supes, but the guy’s got to be able to fall.

  2. Hey Rob just to let you know the audio is only coming out of one ear. If you edited this video thru Fianl Cut Pro then your edittor must had forgotten to change the audio from mono to stereo (or vice versa). You only notice if you wearing headphone. Great interview tho. I’m a fan of you guys

    • Thanks for heads up! I don’t edit the videos but the editor has addressed it for future vids. These cap ones we a few weeks ago.

  3. Character issues, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, development….. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    Look at his face, he’s a good actor trying to talk about a movie’ he know’s is empty cgi childish sh*t.

    • TROOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL in the dungeon!

    • Have you seen Cap 2?

    • ((NO SPOILERS))

      Seen the film. It’s easily the best Marvel film out of all of them, in the MCU and out.

      Cap was my least favourite Avenger walking in, and became my favourite walking out. It’s a very human story, with very mature themes, with a political plot, and with an outstanding use of CGI, not to mention the various twists and turns.

      Give things a chance son!

      • Mature themes, political plot, ha ha, ok if you think so.

        • You upset me.

  4. Heh heh. Sometimes I feel bed for these actors. I remember years ago seeing Jennifer Garner doing an interview about how much she loved the character of Electra and was so excited to get a chance to “revisit” her. At any rate, I believe that Chris Evans is at least thankful for what these films have done for his career, despite the controversy around some of his comments.

    • Yes he knows its good for his career and wallet, but you can see he’s embarrassed, and you know he must hate comic book fans.

      • Do you write for The Guardian, mate?

        • No, I am just not, 12 years old, and this movie is for 12 year olds.

          • Your grasp of grammar speaks otherwise.

  5. I think his characterization of Steve has gotten better especially with the last movie. He’s less schoolboy and more badass/intense.

  6. How many of captain americas suits are in this movie?

    • Two.

  7. Perhaps we could have Black Panther introduced in Cap-A #3? Kind of like they did with Falcon in this one. I realize at some point Evans will retire from the roll, but I hope the character always has “Steve Rogers” (even a recast one) as Cap (not Bucky or someone else taking over the roll). This movie looks really good, and I will be first in line at my local Wal-Mart to purchase it when the DVD comes out!

  8. Saw Cap 2 yesterday, f*ing loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Best Phase 2 movie by a long way and easily up there with Iron Man and The Avengers as my favourite Marvel film. Loved it.

  9. After checking out the trailer of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we have come across the new suit that Chris Evans made grandly in some scenes. Due to looking at the outlook, we have the upright liberty of producing the replica of Captain America Blue Jacket. Chris Evans wore it in the sense of Costume but we on the other hand made it as such that you can apply it occasionally.

  10. Glad to see other folks who aren’t getting pitchforks over Evans’ decision to get into directing. I feel like for a while after I read the Variety interview, I was the only person on the entire internet who thought, “Hey that’s kinda cool, best of luck to him” rather than “OMGWTFBBQ!!” Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore him as Cap and thinks he does a very solid job – the original Cap absolutely blew my way, and to this day I think still remains my favorite of the current movies.

    Anyway, more to the point. Speaking as a competitive athlete (figure skating), even when you absolutely adore something and dedicate large chunks of your life to it, there’s a point where you’re just exhausted and burned out, and you really need a break from it. Doesn’t mean you stop loving it, just that – you’d like a little room for something else in your life for a while. It takes a toll. Restrictive diets (not weight loss, but managing your protein, etc as a lot of these action stars have to), hours and hours at the gym, other forms of training to complement what you’re working on (gymnastics and parcour for Cap 2 among other regiments, no doubt), plus all of the actual acting, and you can really sympathize with why someone might want a break from it all. Plus he doesn’t sound particularly as much into the cult of celebrity as some others, and that also has to be absolutely exhausting, mentally as well as physically. I know Peter Dinklage has talked about something similar with Tyrion and how suddenly everyone knows who you are and you have no private life. I felt so badly for Evans when I read an interview talking about how everyone even wants to know the name of your dog and you have no privacy, and just….UGH. I wouldn’t want that life in a million years, I don’t care how many dump trucks of money are involved.

    Further, a lot of people get into acting (or other creative art forms) because they want to try different roles, explore the range of various characters, etc. When Johnny Depp takes different roles because he wants to explore different feelings, people think he’s genius for it and admire his choice to act across different ranges. When Evans says he wants to try something else, the internet loses its mind. Why the difference?

    Honestly, I think it’s a pretty brave choice, to be willing to take a step away at what’s likely the height of your career and try something else – whether it is a full retirement, or a temporary one. I really do wish him the best of luck and hope it all works out – and fortunately since this has been somewhat addressed in comics continuity as well, I also don’t have to stress out completely about them recasting Steve Rogers, either. :)

  11. what are you talking about buddies… the movie was awesome.