Chris Evans, despite being in the back half of his time as Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is just as thrilled as ever to be back in action as the hero in the upcoming 2016 movie “Captain America: Civil War.” Recently, the actor revisited his experience with accepting the role and lamented how dangerously close he came to turning it down.
Speaking to E! News to promote his new movie, and directorial debut, “Before We Go,” the actor was asked if taking on a major blockbuster franchise was something he regretted or feels held him back from doing things like directing, something that he’d always wanted to do. Interestingly enough, the 34-year-old “Avengers” star says that taking on the role of Captain America likely saved his career.
"In retrospect, it was such a good decision," Evans told Maria Menounos in the clip below (via E! Online)."My brain has this amazing talent of focusing on the negative and magnifying it to insurmountable magnitudes. At the time, it just felt so daunting and so terrifying. Like I said, you focus on all the potential awful aspects of it. God, looking back now, had I said no, it would have been the worst decision of my life, because it really was the best. It's opened up so many doors and it's been wonderful. I love the films that Marvel makes. I'm incredibly proud to be part of them. Like I said, it's opened up a lot of avenues creatively. God... It just goes to show, don't make decisions based on fear."
It seems that Evans, despite considering the idea of taking a break from acting, is grateful that he didn’t talk himself out of the commitment that is the MCU. This is likely good news to fans who have been salivating over the hero’s upcoming return in his third standalone movie – although, he won’t exactly be standing alone.
The actor’s comments about the role come conveniently timed with the end of filming on “Captain America: Civil War,” which recently revealed the teams of MCU superheroes that will be battling each other over the issue of registration in the 2016 flick. In Captain America’s corner, you have: Falcon (Anthony Mackie), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Sharon Carter (Emily Van Camp). In the other corner, you have Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and War Machine (Don Cheadle), The Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson).
As MTV News notes, fans were quick to comment that the deck seems very heavily stacked against Cap’s forces in the upcoming film, something the actor isn’t worried about one bit. When the outlet asked him if he feels his team is outgunned in the next movie, he hinted that it’s a bad idea to count his forces out just yet. However, he stopped short of denying that the odds are against him. Instead, he opted to shift the focus to his co-stars, particularly Falcon and The Winter Soldier saying: “I’ll be in a foxhole with those two guys any day.”