Chris Evans is clearly a no-nonsense guy. Excerpts from a conversation with the very affable actor, in which we explore the future of the franchise, the rivalry between the cast and what it means to don the Captain America mantle for the third time.
You seem upbeat. Has it been a good day?
Relatively. It's just my first interview though so...
Let's make it a good one then. You go from being part of an ensemble cast in the Avengers to having your own mammoth movie and back and forth. What kind of adjustments does that take for you as an actor?
Thanks for not asking me what my workout regimen is like. I'm a less is more kinda guy, so it's nice to not have a major responsibility while filming Avengers and not have that burden on your shoulders and just be; it makes for a refreshing change from playing Captain America where the stakes are obviously way higher.
But even in 'Captain America: Civil War' there's a bunch of other actors. Do you fear being overshadowed? Especially by a certain Robert Downey Jr?
What I fear is questions like these. I mean everyone asks me how I feel about having so many other Avengers in the movie, but to be completely honest, there's a much bigger fear of having an unsuccessful film and handling the question of what we could've done differently in the movie if it didn't work. Nobody stole anything, this was a group effort and in my opinion this is one of the greatest movies ever made, so you know I'll take all the help I can get. As far as Robert Downey Jr is concerned, he can steal anybody's thunder, he's such a force of nature.
Lets talk about Cap's romantic life. Which character from the comic books would you pick to be your potential lover?
Is Halle Berry in the movies? (laughs) In the comic book it follows a certain plotline, which in the movie they explore with Emily VanCamp but personally the way the Marvel Universe has unfolded I've always thought that Cap and Black Widow have found a lot of comfort in each other in moments of distress. And in a way it's very sweet and pure that they've kept it platonic.
Captain America died at the end of Civil War, the comic. Have you ever thought of when or under what circumstances you would stop playing Captain America?
You gotta look at the character in a way that it's bigger than yourself. I mean if you look at the first 10 years of my IMDb page, a lot of s*** pops in there. I've had a great run making these movies and they are good movies, it's nice to be part of a company that makes good films. But you can't do it forever, you don't want to be only defined by that. So at some point it does become overkill, I don't know when that place is though.
So you're okay with the torch being passed on?
It has to pass on at some point. The good thing is that I don't have to make that choice, I just have to cope with the decision that's being made. Even if its over after a couple of Avengers movies, it's okay, the character is bigger than me, it's like a James Bond movie, I hope this becomes a character that's reinvented for years and years to come and you sort of have to take your personal attachment out of it and just be appreciative of the fact that in a lot of ways you got to be a pioneer for that.
Is Civil War the culmination of a Captain America trilogy?
I think a lot comes full circle. You can't really say with these things though. The Marvel universe is very different from the comics. Chris Evans along with Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Bucky/Winter Soldier) and director Joe Russo made an appearance on the blue carpet for the Singapore premiere of his upcoming film, Captain America: Civil War.
How important is it in a movie like this to say something significant apart from entertaining the audience?
My brother (co-director, Anthony Russo) and me are very concerned about current affairs. We had very political questions, which we asked in Winter Soldier and we have very political questions that we ask in this one as well. This movie is about accountability, it's about power, and it's about who exactly has the right to govern that power.
You said earlier in the press conference that 'this is the most important Marvel movie till date.' How does this change the ballgame for superhero movies?
For Marvel fans who've been following the storytelling for 10 years now, this movie is without question the most important. It changes the psychology of all the characters that is incredibly profound because we've taken a family and fractured it and that is going to have massive ramifications in Infinity War.