EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios Talks Chris Evans as ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Fiege, discuses casting the ‘Fantastic Four’ actor as ‘Captain America’.

Kevin Fiege discusses casting Chris Evans
Kevin Fiege discusses casting Chris Evans
Fans of the Marvel comic book character Captain America will want to make sure that they don't miss the new Marvel film Iron Man 2, opening on May 7th, as something long associated with the hero makes a brief appearance. In fact, the character's equipment actually had similar cameos in the first Iron Man film and in a deleted scene from The Incredible Hulk, proving that Marvel has been planning for some time to bring the character's adventures to the big screen. It was recently announced that actor Chris Evans would be donning the red, white and blue costume of the WWII hero, first in Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger and later in Joss Whedon's The Avengers. The actor already has quite a comic book film resume already having appeared as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in both Fantastic Four and it's sequel Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, as well as the recent film The Losers and this summer's upcoming Edgar Wright directed film, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Yesterday, we had a chance to sit down with Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Fiege, while he was out promoting Iron Man 2. We asked Fiege if he had any concerns with casting Chris Evans in the pivotal role because of his close association to another Marvel character and his comic book film resume? This is what he had to say:

"Yeah, I mean The Losers and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World I don't think so but frankly yeah, I didn't even consider him for a long time because of the Human Torch. I didn't purposely not consider him but he wasn't on the radar. Frankly I was watching for other reasons Sunshine again, then I was talking to Edgar Wright about him and I started to see how he is growing. By the way I thought he was great in those two Fantastic Four movies, he was a standout in those movies. I started to look at how he's grown since then. We sat down and talked in a meeting and I said, oh my God, Steve Rodgers is sitting in front of me right now and I hadn't seen it for a long time. When we sat down and specifically started talking about Cap, yeah it was immediate. Cause Cap has a lot of size and is nothing like Johnny Storm. As you start to see more of Chris and where he is growing as an actor it's into a much more Steve Rodgers type place. He's in England now; he got on one of the first flights after the volcano nonsense went away. He's over there now prepping and rehearsing and the pictures that are coming back and the costume tests are pretty stunning."

Captain America: The First Avenger was released July 22nd, 2011 and stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Richard Armitage, Stanley Tucci. The film is directed by Joe Johnston.

Sources: Jami Philbrick

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  1. RojoDiablo

    I think Evans will be great in this role, he did stand out as the human torch in both films and I really look forward to seeing him at Cap! Also like having Whedon directing the Avengers.

    5 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  2. Shadow Of The Day

    Awesome.....Can't wait.

    5 years agoby @asifFlag

  3. CoolAzzz

    I knew that was going to be the argument when I said that! As far as acting goes, I do agree with you on that part. Btw: I am laughing with you on this one!
    As for the beefing up part, I really cannot see it happening with his frame. Even if he started doing roids or something he still probably wouldn't be able to crack 185lbs! The problem with it is that there just isn't anyone that can act and also possess the physical attributes needed. So we'll get a scrawny looking Captain America that can talk the talk(act), but not walk the walk. Either way, I will be in the theatre to see it when it comes out.

    5 years agoby @coolazzzFlag

  4. T.Clark

    Yeah...because John Cena is SOOOO much better than Chris Evans in the acting department...

    When you think about it, Johnny Storm and Steven Rogers both have kinda the same look, just differences in physical condition. They're both the have blonde hair, blue eyes, Cap is just meant to be that way because he's the "All-American Patriot." So all Evans has to do, physically anyway, to differentiate himself from the Torch is beef up.

    I can't believe you said John Cena...

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  5. CoolAzzz

    I like Chris Evans, but I am not feelin him for the part of Cap. He doesn't have the look at all. Torch yes, Cap no! Honestly, I know you all are going to think I am way off course with who I think should play Captain America, but I am going to just say it: John Cena

    5 years agoby @coolazzzFlag

  6. Twisted Smile

    I can't wait for this. Evans casting was fine with me. I look forward to seeing what Marvel saw in him.

    5 years agoby @twistedsmileFlag

  7. the Narrator

    Awesome. Looking forward to this, hoping he can pull it off.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. Rufio


    5 years agoby @rufioFlag

  9. WongFu

    Can't wait for this

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  10. Josh

    I didn't like Evans as Johnny Storm. He didn't imbue the character with any humanity.

    5 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. TearingBeast

    Dear Marvel,
    Do not F this up.

    5 years agoby @tearingbeastFlag

  12. tyler13d

    Steve RoDgers...?

    5 years agoby @tyler13dFlag

  13. The Dark Knight

    sounds like they went with a good pic of an actor

    5 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  14. yellowjacket1

    Evans is going to be perfect! Just like I know Whedon is the perfect choice to direct Avengers. I'd give anything to see those pictures that are coming back from the costume test.

    5 years agoby @yellowjacket1Flag

  15. Emmytt

    cant wait

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  16. ed_wood

    I'm just getting more excited for this movie.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  17. Buriblazing

    I will have to admit i'm pumped for this film now that it's on with production.

    5 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  18. TheSymbiote


    5 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  19. Escapist

    LOOOL @Mrman3810 i actually thought you were serious about channing....no costume could ever hide those stick out ears

    5 years agoby @escapistFlag

  20. T.Clark

    Mrman3810 is just trying to get a response out of people. Ignore him.

    Warrock, Evans is not Human Torch any longer. The series is being rebooted and it's not like those movie were any good anyway. Yes, Evans was one of the best parts of them, but it's time to move on, and there's no law stating an actor can't play two comic book characters, especially when the first attempt wasn't that successful. Get the f*ck over it.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  21. Chris

    Channing Tatum, Is that a joke? He would ruin the movie.

    5 years agoby @unknown21Flag

  22. WARRock


    5 years agoby @jcFlag

  23. CBF

    I am still skeptical for some reason. Also Whedon directing Avengers is still just a rumor.

    5 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  24. B3njamin

    "the pictures that are coming back and the costume tests are pretty stunning." So there are concept costumes already? Why can't we see these pictures? @LilZook Wow they really do

    5 years agoby @b3njaminFlag

  25. Chris

    Even more of a reason to watch this.

    5 years agoby @unknown21Flag

  26. sideswipe95

    Chris has the potential to make this great.

    5 years agoby @sideswipe95Flag

  27. LilZook

    is it me..or does ryan reynolds and chris evans have the same exact personalitys...

    5 years agoby @lilzookFlag

  28. T.Clark

    @TheSymbiote: I doubt it. It's probably some fan made thing.

    I think Evans will do good.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  29. TheSymbiote

    is that the costume hes wearing

    5 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

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