Chris Evans is one of the more underrated members of the AVENGERS ensemble. He’s not routinely Oscar fodder, like Robert Downey, Jr., Jeremy Renner or Mark Ruffalo, and doesn’t have the star power of Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson or Chris Hemsworth. But he pulls his weight admirably in the films, and is a fantastic Captain America/Steve Rogers. And, he clearly loves the role, as is evidenced by a recent interview he gave while promoting THE ICEMAN in Toronto.
It’s widely acknowledged that there were a TON of AVENGERS deleted scenes left on the cutting room floor, and most of it had to do with Cap getting his feet wet in the modern world. At first, the movie was going to follow him, but then it was shifted to give each character equal thrift in the world. A lot of that footage and plot will be saved for CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER.
Speaking of the Winter Soldier and whether he has read it, Evans had the following to say: “Oh, I am fully up to date with my comics. I know all about it. Kevin Feige was talking about [Winter Soldier] when we were filming the first Captain America and well before The Avengers. During the first Captain America we were talking about potential futures and, you know, I don’t want to give too much way.” Asked if he knows where the third film would venture, he responded with a “Maybe.”
On the scenes cut in AVENGERS, including one when he looks up all of his old friends, including long lost flame Peggy Carter: “The most I am looking forward to is exploring a little bit of Steve’s…they had all those deleted scenes with The Avengers because a lot of those scenes are for Captain 2, you know what I mean? It was good stuff, but it all felt like that was his story. It is a different movie. With The Avengers there was so much to cram in. Like I said, it was a long movie anyway. So I think making it any longer would have just been exhausting…A lot of that stuff [that was cut] is for Captain America 2. That is his story. It is him trying to on a personal level adjust to the fact that everyone he knows is gone and the whole Peggy Carter of it all. There are a lot of things that he kind of has to come to terms with. So I don’t know. I am excited to kind of see flashes of the first Captain, if you know what I mean, and to see his memory of what we now know as an audience of who he was.”
Chris Evans is signed on for six films in the Marvel Universe, but it sounds like he’s game for more. In fact, the guy wants to make a cameo in THOR: THE DARK WORLD. “[Chris] Hemsworth and I even talked about that. I would love to do a little thing in Thor 2. It is obviously going to be tricky trying to work out the plot, the reason why I am not there to help him, and why he is not there to help me. But the best thing about Marvel is that, like I said, the movies were so good and we had such a good time making them.”
We have to wait until April 4th, 2014, to see what comes of WINTER SOLDIER, which will obviously bring Sebastian Stan back as Bucky (and the Russian Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie as the Falcon, perhaps Hayley Atwell and Cobie Smulders, and no doubt some Samuel L. Jackson/Nick Fury!