Captain America: Civil War will be Chris Evans’ third solo outing as Captain America and it could not be more highly anticipated. Captain America is the quintessential American hero – or at least he was in the 1940s.
“Truth, Justice, and the American Way” aren’t values that are as admired in 2016 and it all seems a bit cloying yet Captain America remains a hero that we can still love. Yes, the films are well-written but a lot of our appreciation of the character comes from Chris Evans’ portrayal of him. There’s something inherently heroic about the Boston-born man and he finds himself playing the hero time and time again.
1) Fantastic Four (2005)
We first saw Evans as a hero in Fantastic Four (2005) playing Johnny Storm a.k.a. the Human Torch – a role he reprised in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). Young, impetuous, and drawn to fame: Johnny’s pretty far from Cap. Also, if you’re wondering how Marvel Studios made the massive faux pas of casting the same actor in different roles only six years apart then don’t worry. Fox studios own the rights to Fantastic Four (though how long they’ll hold on to them after last year’s flop of a reboot is questionable) so Fantastic Four and Captain America are completely separate universes.
2) TMNT (2007)
He may not have been super but TMNT‘s Casey Jones was definitely a hero. Evans voiced the character in the first CGI-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Casey really is an amalgamation of vigilante stereotypes but he’s fun to watch and effectively acts as a sidekick and friend to the turtles. Also, he totally kicks ass with a baseball bat.
3) The Losers (2010)
The Losers isn’t my favourite of Evans’ films but he’s easily my favourite thing about The Losers. In an ensemble cast very different to The Avengers, Evans isn’t the leader. For once we see him as this slightly awkward and nerdy technology specialist (who still gets to be a part of the action) and it’s adorable to watch.
4) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Later that year Evans went from hero to villain in yet another comic book adaptation as he became the second member of the League of Evil Exes. Playing a skateboarder/movie star with super strength, this is probably one of Evans’ funniest roles to date.
5) Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
And here we are now: Captain America. He’s been the straight-laced hero since we first saw him in 2011 but now it looks as though his fight for freedom has him fighting against his friends.
Do you prefer Chris Evans as a hero or a villain? What’s your favourite comic book role of his? Let me know in the comments.