What Chris Evans Misses About Being Captain America

By Matthew Creith | Published

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Disney’s Lightyear is blasting its way into theaters worldwide this weekend, but star Chris Evans may always be known for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain America. The role that emphasized his star power and charisma for a generation of moviegoers, Captain America is one of the leading superheroes of the modern era. Together with the other Avengers, Captain America grew to become “America’s a**” while capturing the hearts of many. While it’s been a few years since Evans broke away from the Marvel world, it’s perfectly understandable that he might be missing the role that defined his career and then some.

Chris Evans spoke directly in an interview while promoting Lightyear to discuss exactly what he misses most about playing Captain America. In speaking with Kevin Polowy of Yahoo Entertainment, the Knives Out actor revealed, “You know, it’s different. It’s different. For ten years, you always have a movie around the corner. For ten years… it’s always, you finish one and your life is scheduled by, ‘Okay, six months, we have press. Six more months, we start up on the next movie.’ To kind of have open waters, there’s parts of it that are nice and there are parts of it that I really, really miss, because it was a role that meant a lot to me. And I love those people and, you know, it’ll be the best ten years of my professional life without any question forever.” Actors are often busy with making a film, then doing press for said film, so they likely have little time to truly take in how special that time playing that character was.

As reported by The Direct, it appears that there are some qualities of playing Captain America that Chris Evans misses to this day. One of those happens to be the other people that helped to make Evans into Steve Rogers, and therefore Captain America, over the course of nine films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Those people include fellow costars, the directors, and producers he had the chance to work for, as well as the executives and writers at Marvel who assisted in strengthening a character that was initially created back in 1941.

For those that have kept up with the events surrounding the Avengers and Captain America since Avengers: Endgame concluded, it should be noted that in the finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+ that Anthony Mackie’s character Sam Wilson becomes the new Captain America. Donning the shield that made Cap famous, Mackie has Chris Evans’ respect when it comes to taking over the symbolic role. According to comicbook.com, Evans has recently stated his approval of Mackie in the role and remarked that he couldn’t think of anyone better to take on the job. In the same report, Evans notes how proud he is of Mackie and that many of the memories he has of playing Captain America are sweet ones at that.

Shedding the role of Captain America that he played for over ten years may have been a difficult one for Chris Evans, but that hasn’t stopped the actor from pursuing other opportunities. After promoting the premiere of Lightyear this week, Evans will be jumping directly into press junkets for The Gray Man, which is due to be released on Netflix on July 22, 2022. The film is said to be the most expensive Netflix movie ever made, with a reported budget of $200 million, and will also star Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas. Chris Evans is then gearing up to star with Dwayne Johnson in Jake Kasdan’s Red One, as well as joining former Avengers costar Scarlett Johansson in Project Artemis, both currently in pre-production.