Chris Evans has played two Marvel characters in his career, but it turns out his favorite superhero growing up was DC's Batman. Known and beloved to MCU fans as super soldier Steve Rogers/Captain America, he's one of the founding heroes of the franchise, having inhabited the role for almost a decade now, with a plan to cap it all off in next month's Avengers: Endgame.
The actor first made his superhero debut in Fox's 2005 Fantastic Four as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, which he later reprized in 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. But it wasn't until 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, where he played the titular character, that he really made a name for himself in the geek community. Despite his long-standing relationship with Marvel, he was leaning more towards its competitor when he was young, picking the Bat of Gotham as his favorite superhero.
Speaking with THR's segment Fishing for Answers, where stars answer burning fan questions, Evan was asked who his favorite superhero was while he was still a kid. Admitting to not really being big into comic books and liking cartoons more, he revealed that he liked Batman, especially Michael Keaton's iteration in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
"I wasn't that cool, I was more into cartoons, like Bugs Bunny and Looney Toons, things like that," Evans revealed before deciding upon a proper superhero. "I'll say Batman. I really liked that, I mean I probably shouldn't say that, DC, it's... I don't want to get in any trouble. But those Michael Keaton movies, those were pretty big, so yeah. I'll say Batman."
Considering the time period, it makes sense that Evans leaned more towards DC. Marvel barely had any onscreen presence during that time, while their competitor dominated the game, at least on the big screen. Aside from Keaton's Batman movies, the late 1970s/early 1980s had Christopher Reeves' Superman films. Outside of loyal Marvel readers, the general viewing public was more attuned to DC projects like Evans, who admits to not really being a comic book reader.
Evans picking out DC's Batman as his personal hero despite portraying a Marvel character is yet more proof that people can like both. Earlier this month, Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson named Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman as her favorite female superhero, calling the Themysciran Princess "super cool." While there will always be a rivalry between the two companies, it should only be a friendly competition - something that fans who get aggressive online when it comes to this topic should keep in mind more often. It's still uncertain what Evans' status as Captain America will be by the end of Endgame. But like how Keaton's Batman stuck with him as a child, a whole new generation will associate his name with the noble Marvel character.