As any comic book shop loitering chubby guy with a beard could tell you, Captain America is the top of the food chain in the Marvel Universe. Not in popularity, per se. That honor would probably go to Spider-Man. But in the patriarchal world of Marvel’s heroes, Captain America is the leader. A nature-born, chemical-enhanced super soldier. It’s the American way. So in casting a Captain for this new universe of Marvel characters, one that was born with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Edward Norton’s Bruce Banner, two very astute, seriously talented motherfucking actors, we’d expect that they’d swing for the fences.
That didn’t happen. According to Heat Vision, they’ve offered the role to Fantastic Four star Chris Evans. In his career, Evans has proven himself to be funny and charismatic, occasionally charming and every once in a while, he gets a little action. But by no means is he seen as an actor with gravitas, one who could light up the screen as Captain America. He has also — as everyone will be quick to point out — played another character in the Marvel Universe. Of course, his Johnny Storm exists in a Marvel Universe that belongs to 20th Century Fox, and not to Marvel Studios. But fans don’t forget these things. And rest assured that they will talk about it — at length — for months to come.
As you might expect, those who were skeptical before — especially with the ever-shaky Joe Johnston in the director’s chair — will use this decidedly safe casting choice as more ammunition to be increasingly skeptical. But this writer isn’t ready to throw in the towel on Captain America just yet. Evans is a very safe choice. He’s young, clean-cut and clearly has room to grow as an actor. In the right environment, with the right script and (most importantly) with a sure-handed director, he could make for a very solid Captain America.
Now we wait for a few things to happen. For one, this deal is yet to be signed. According to the report, the offer is still out to Evans. If he signs, we continue to mull it over and look forward to seeing what Evans’ Cap will bring to this new Marvel landscape. If he doesn’t sign (and there’s no reason to think that he wouldn’t sign, aside from major scheduling conflicts with the film What’s You Number?, in which he’s set to star alongside Anna Faris), we go back to Marvel’s previously reported short list — which includes the likes of Michael Cassidy, Patrick Flueger, Scott Porter, Mike Vogel, John Krasinski and Chace Crawford — and the whirlwind of rumored candidates, including Ryan Phillipe and Garrett Hedlund. Or in other words, all of the young, clean-cut white dudes with well sculpted chins in Hollywood.
Either way, we await official word. Your move, Chris Evans…
What do you think of Chris Evans as Captain America?