Kevin Feige, the architect of the MCU, deserves a lot of credit for his work. It was Feige who pushed for a connected, shared comic book movie franchise, as well as having a hand in many of Marvel’s casting decisions. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Feige discusses the challenges of casting Captain America, and has nothing but good things to say about Cap himself, Chris Evans.
“Casting Captain America was super hard. I started to think, “Are we not going to be able to find Captain America, and if we can’t, what are we going to do with Avengers? Is the whole thing going to fall apart?” And, then, finally opening ourselves up to Chris Evans, who we had initially sort of just looked past because he was Johnny Storm in a Fantastic Four franchise. Then, bringing him in and showing him the artwork, showing him what was happening in this movie, and he took a weekend to decide.”
Feige then talks about how well Evans embodies the character, even comparing his performance to Christopher Reeve’s iconic Superman portrayal.
“He’s a reluctant star, but I think he’s become—and I’ve said this to him—for as amazing as all of our actors are at embodying these characters, every single one of them, he’s one that reminds me, alongside Christopher Reeve, as just like “these are the characters.”
Feige goes on to discuss just how much the line between Cap and Chris Evans himself is starting to blur, as well as the difficulties that came with filming 2012’s The Avengers.
“I think he’s a great actor, and I think he can do whatever he wants to do, but even when you look at his Twitter account and taking a stand on things, it’s like, “Is he becoming Captain America?” Which I think is great. People forget that we started filming Avengers before either Thor or Captain America were released. What if people hated Thor? What if people thought Loki was ridiculous? What if people didn’t buy this super soldier frozen in ice? We were in the first quarter of production on a giant movie at that time, and we weren’t going to stop. It was sort of all in at that point.”
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
Written by Danny O’Brien
Source: Vanity Fair
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – “As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.”