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Captain America: 10 Moments That Prove Chris Evans Was The Perfect Choice To Play Steve Rogers

Sarah Finn, the casting director for the Marvel Cinematic Universe might have the greatest eye for casting in Hollywood. There is no one more perfect for the role of Tony Stark than Robert Downey, Jr., no one more perfect for the role of Thor than Chris Hemsworth, no one more perfect for the role of Peter Quill than Chris Pratt – well, you get the picture.

But arguably, of all the fine castings in the MCU, the finest has been Chris Evans in the role of Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America. So, here are 10 Moments That Prove Chris Evans Was The Perfect Choice To Play Steve Rogers.

RELATED: 5 Reasons The MCU Should Bring Back Steve Rogers (& 5 Reasons They Shouldn’t)

10 “Avengers…assemble.”

After the Avengers assembled for the Battle of New York, MCU fans waited patiently for six years to hear Captain America utter his immortal catchphrase. It was teased at the end of Age of Ultron, but he got cut off by the credits.

The payoff in Endgame was so satisfying, partly because by then, the Avengers team had dozens of members we’d traveled the cosmos to meet over the years, and partly because Chris Evans delivered it so perfectly. He cried out, “Avengers…!” to all the heroes as they exited Doctor Strange’s portals, and then smirked as he quietly added, “…assemble.”

9 Singlehandedly trying to remove the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos’ hand

In the moments leading up to Thanos’ finger-snap, it became inevitable that the Mad Titan was going to succeed in his plan and the Avengers weren’t going to win, and we’re dreading that just as much as they are.

Each hero makes a last-ditch attempt to squander Thanos, from Scarlet Witch killing Vision herself to Thor launching Stormbreaker at the guy. Captain America simply grabs for the Infinity Gauntlet and tries, with all his might, to yank it off Thanos’ hand. The look on Steve’s face in this moment is one of a man who really, really doesn’t like bullies.

8 His ground-level heroism in the Battle of New York

After watching the breathtaking Battle of New York sequence, some passive Marvel fans voiced their opinions that Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk could’ve handled the Chitauri invasion on their own, and they didn’t need Captain America, Black Widow, or Hawkeye. But what those people don’t realize is that civilians need protecting.

RELATED: 10 Best Steve & Tony Moments in the MCU

The former trio can be up in the sky, smashing alien spacecraft, but the latter trio needs to be on the ground, saving people from falling debris and individual alien attackers. Cap proved himself by helping the police with their strategy and saving the Chitauri’s human hostages unaided.

7 Breaking everyone out of the Raft

Chris Evans just looks really badass emerging from the shadows. That’s why the MCU has included so many shots of him doing just that. At the end of Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark receives a letter from Steve Rogers, trying to explain why he kept his parents’ murder a secret and telling him that he’ll be there if he ever needs him.

Then General Ross calls and informs him of a breach at the Raft. Cut to Steve approaching all of his imprisoned teammates, being there for them because they were there for him. Evans’ smile says it all.

6 “Oh, God.”

The end of Avengers: Infinity War is one that will probably stick in MCU fans’ brains forever. After so many triumphs, it didn’t seem like there would ever be a villain that the Avengers couldn’t beat. And then one came along that was so powerful (and continued to get even more powerful throughout the movie as he collected the Infinity Stones) that he defeated Earth’s mightiest heroes.

As half of his comrades turned to dust around him, Steve Rogers simply looked on in despair. The Russo brothers gave Chris Evans the final line, and he delivered it perfectly: “Oh, God.”

5 Refusing to fight Bucky

The poignancy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes from the fact that Steve’s enemy is actually his best friend, Bucky, albeit brainwashed by Hydra to be a ruthless assassin. In the final battle, Steve refuses to fight Bucky. He holds him off long enough to bring down the Helicarriers and prevent Alexander Pierce’s plan from working.

But then, he lets his shield fall into the lake and refuses to raise his fists and fight Bucky. So, Bucky starts to pummel Steve, but this show of nobility brings back some of his memories and he ends up saving Cap from drowning.

4 The elevator fight

Chris Evans himself has actually said that this is favorite Captain America scene of all, because it was the first one he shot for The Winter Soldier and it was simply all-action. Joe Johnston nailed the Steve Rogers character in The First Avenger, but didn’t quite figure out how to make his action scenes truly cinematic on the big screen.

RELATED: The 10 Best Uses Of Captain America’s Shield In The MCU, Ranked

Then, the Russo brothers came in with a string of visceral sequences that made thrilling use of Cap’s combat skills, quick wits, and vibranium shield. The most visceral of these is easily the elevator fight, in which a team of Hydra agents join Cap and he asks if any of them would like to get out before promptly kicking all of their asses.

3 Going into the ice to save the world

This moment is Cap’s whole origin story. He’s on a plane full of W.M.D.s that are going to wipe out America if he doesn’t crash it into the ice. As Peggy desperately tries to suggest alternative options that won’t end in Steve’s death, the look on Steve’s face – which is really the look on Chris Evans’ face – shows us that there are no other options.

It’s hard not to well up during that scene as Steve and Peggy talk about “that dance” like it’s still going to happen (especially since we now know that it is still going to happen) before Steve goes into the ice and his communication turns to static.

2 Preparing to battle Thanos and his armies alone with a broken shield

A quintessential moment that really encapsulates who Captain America is was also one of his last ones. Thanos had torn Cap’s shield in half, beaten all of his surviving allies, and summoned his armies around him. And rather than accept defeat or cower, Cap simply tightened the strap on what remained of his shield, ruffled his brow, and prepared to march into battle, hopelessly outmatched and outgunned.

This is Steve Rogers in a nutshell, and the way Chris Evans plays the scene, we know he’s not kidding – he’d actually do this. And then came Sam’s voice: “Steve…on your left.” Cue the portals!

1 His last dance with Peggy

Many MCU fans were frustrated with Captain America’s ending in Avengers: Endgame, but they simply got hung up on the logistics of crossing over timelines. That’s hardly the point. The point is that Steve Rogers, a man out of his time, finally got to return to his time and the girl that he left there.

After all these years of waiting for the right time to put down his shield and retire the fight, Steve finally got to go home, marry Peggy Carter, and have the dance he was promised almost a century ago. It was a beautifully quiet and poignant moment to end this three-hour epic on.

NEXT: Captain America’s Solo Trilogy: 5 Things It Did Right (& 5 It Did Wrong)


2019-09-02 05:09:54

Ben Sherlock

Avengers: Endgame Video: Chris Evans Goofs Off As Old Captain America

Chris Evans goofs off in his old Captain America makeup in a new Avengers: Endgame set video posted by the Russo brothers. Evans’ time as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to a close with the release of Avengers: Endgame earlier this year. The film capped off Steve Rogers’ journey that began back in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve traveled back in time to return the Infinity Stones to their rightful places, then stayed to live out his life in the 1940s with his original love. Avengers: Endgame ended on a scene of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter finally getting their dance, the one they promised each other in The First Avenger.

Before Avengers: Endgame left viewers on that note, though, Steve Rogers returned to the present as old man Captain America, passing on his Vibranium shield to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) while Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) looked on. It was a passing of the torch moment meant to keep the mantle of Captain America alive in the MCU, and effectively set up Marvel Studios’ Disney+ TV show, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Old man Captain America is a favorite moment among many fans, and those behind it have shown how Endgame aged Steve Rogers, including Evans revealing the age makeup and Lola VFX releasing before and after shots of the CGI.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Writer Confirms ‘Old Steve’ Cameo Theory

Now, the Russo brothers reveal a fun behind-the-scenes Avengers: Endgame set video of Evans in old his Captain America makeup goofing off between takes. Evans is a spry elderly Steve Rogers in the video, pretending to throw a football and getting up close with the camera lens. Watch the Avengers: Endgame set video below.

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This latest Avengers: Endgame set video doesn’t reveal anything new about the movie or Captain America’s ending, it’s just some fun from behind-the scenes. Fans are no doubt eager to see as much from the making of this movie as they can, especially pertaining to Robert Downey Jr. and Evans, who ended their time in the MCU with Avengers: Endgame. Thankfully, ever since Marvel and the Russo brothers lifted the Avengers: Endgame spoiler ban a few weeks after the movie released, the directors and the cast have posted plenty of photos and videos from behind the scenes of the film.

In fact, one of the first things shared by Evans was a photo of his old Captain America makeup, though he was only part of the way there, not yet having added Steve Rogers’ hair and costume to achieve the full look seen in the Russo brothers’ video. Although Steve Rogers’ story in the MCU was concluded in Avengers: Endgame, and Sam Wilson will be the new Captain America, the character lives on through each new look behind the scenes of the movie. Considering the Russos continue rolling out new images and videos at a steady pace, hopefully there’s still plenty more fans have to see from the process of filming Avengers: Endgame.

Next: Why Captain America’s Avengers: Endgame Ending Isn’t A Plot Hole

Source: Russo brothers/Instagram



2019-08-22 01:08:07

Molly Freeman

Why Was Luke Evans’ Owen Shaw Missing From Hobbs & Shaw?

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Hobbs & Shaw.

Owen Shaw, played by Luke Evans, wasn’t in Hobbs & Shaw but there’s an explanation for his absence. The ninth Fast & Furious film is also a spinoff from the main franchise storyline. Dwayne Johnson returns as Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham reprises his role as Deckard Shaw, the older brother of Owen. But while this is a family affair, Owen is noticeably absent.

Hobbs & Shaw not only involves Hobbs and Shaw teaming up to take on a villain named Brixton (Idris Elba), who’s bent on unleashing a deadly virus to the world, but introduces another member of Deckard’s family as well: Hattie Shaw, played by Vanessa Kirby. This movie is the first audiences have heard of Hattie and she’s established as an MI6 agent who has stolen the virus from Brixton. Hattie is the younger sister of Deckard and Owen. In continuing the franchise’s focus on what it means to be there for one’s family, it makes sense Deckard would come to his sister’s aid. But why was Owen, who possesses both the family ties and necessary skills to help, not involved in Hobbs & Shaw? His absence was addressed early in the movie’s two-hour-plus runtime.

Related: All Hobbs & Shaw After-Credits Scenes Explained

The first time Owen is mentioned in Hobbs & Shaw is when Deckard is visiting with their mother, Magdalene “Queenie” Shaw (Helen Mirren), while she’s incarcerated. Over the course of the mother-son heart-to-heart, Queenie makes a reference to Owen while talking about family business but doesn’t give specifics on his whereabouts. She then goes on to implore Deckard to reconnect with Hattie because, as it’s implied, the siblings haven’t spoken in years.

Owen was first introduced into the Fast & Furious franchise as a villain in Fast & Furious 6. It was his goal to get his hands on a program called Nightshade, which had the power to shut down all military communications systems. He appeared briefly early in Furious 7, where he was shown in a hospital bed recovering from injuries sustained at the end of Fast & Furious 6 when he fell out of a military plane. Owen then reappeared in The Fate of the Furious, very much recovered and able to help Deckard take on Cipher (Charlize Theron) and her men in her own plane. It’s unclear what happened to Owen after Fate of the Furious since it was neither shown nor explained where he went.

There’s always the possibility that Owen will return in a future Fast & Furious movie or, more likely, a Hobbs & Shaw sequel, should one be greenlit. At minimum, getting a definitive answer about what happened to Owen to explain his absence in Hobbs & Shaw is necessary.

Next: Hobbs & Shaw’s Ending Is The Most Nonsensical Of The Summer


2019-08-08 05:08:25

Allie Gemmill

Why Was Luke Evans’ Owen Shaw Missing From Hobbs & Shaw?

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Hobbs & Shaw.

Owen Shaw, played by Luke Evans, wasn’t in Hobbs & Shaw but there’s an explanation for his absence. The ninth Fast & Furious film is also a spinoff from the main franchise storyline. Dwayne Johnson returns as Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham reprises his role as Deckard Shaw, the older brother of Owen. But while this is a family affair, Owen is noticeably absent.

Hobbs & Shaw not only involves Hobbs and Shaw teaming up to take on a villain named Brixton (Idris Elba), who’s bent on unleashing a deadly virus to the world, but introduces another member of Deckard’s family as well: Hattie Shaw, played by Vanessa Kirby. This movie is the first audiences have heard of Hattie and she’s established as an MI6 agent who has stolen the virus from Brixton. Hattie is the younger sister of Deckard and Owen. In continuing the franchise’s focus on what it means to be there for one’s family, it makes sense Deckard would come to his sister’s aid. But why was Owen, who possesses both the family ties and necessary skills to help, not involved in Hobbs & Shaw? His absence was addressed early in the movie’s two-hour-plus runtime.

Related: All Hobbs & Shaw After-Credits Scenes Explained

The first time Owen is mentioned in Hobbs & Shaw is when Deckard is visiting with their mother, Magdalene “Queenie” Shaw (Helen Mirren), while she’s incarcerated. Over the course of the mother-son heart-to-heart, Queenie makes a reference to Owen while talking about family business but doesn’t give specifics on his whereabouts. She then goes on to implore Deckard to reconnect with Hattie because, as it’s implied, the siblings haven’t spoken in years.

Owen was first introduced into the Fast & Furious franchise as a villain in Fast & Furious 6. It was his goal to get his hands on a program called Nightshade, which had the power to shut down all military communications systems. He appeared briefly early in Furious 7, where he was shown in a hospital bed recovering from injuries sustained at the end of Fast & Furious 6 when he fell out of a military plane. Owen then reappeared in The Fate of the Furious, very much recovered and able to help Deckard take on Cipher (Charlize Theron) and her men in her own plane. It’s unclear what happened to Owen after Fate of the Furious since it was neither shown nor explained where he went.

There’s always the possibility that Owen will return in a future Fast & Furious movie or, more likely, a Hobbs & Shaw sequel, should one be greenlit. At minimum, getting a definitive answer about what happened to Owen to explain his absence in Hobbs & Shaw is necessary.

Next: Hobbs & Shaw’s Ending Is The Most Nonsensical Of The Summer


2019-08-08 05:08:25

Allie Gemmill

Did Chris Evans Just Confirm Interdimensional Travel in Avengers: Endgame?

Interdimensional travel may have just been confirmed for Avengers: Endgame thanks to Chris Evans. The final film of Phase 3 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is only a week away from hitting theaters, and so far Marvel Studios has done all they can to keep plot details under wraps. This has not made it easy on fans to know what they can expect to see, but there have been some subtle clues along the way, including during filming.

Even before we found out that half of the universe’s population vanished at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, set photos from Avengers: Endgame appeared to be teasing both a time jump and time travel. The photos showed a blonde and older Tony Stark along with Chris Evans back in his Captain America costume from The Avengers. Time travel was later teased during the mid-credits scene for Ant-Man and the Wasp with the mention of time vortexes in the Quantum Realm. This has since been used as a basis for many theories, while others have wondered if other dimensions or realities could be involved.

Related: Endgame Theory: Blonde Tony Stark Is From A Different Timeline

During a segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the cast members of Avengers: Endgame were asked a series of questions. When they were asked what their biggest enemy was, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, and Jeremy Renner all used Thanos for their answer. However, Chris Evans’ response – while partially in jest – may have also confirmed that interdimensional travel is part of Avengers: Endgame. Here’s what he said:

“Honestly, I’d say chafing. If you’ve ever run through an interdimensional portal wearing a skin tight body suit, you know what I mean.”

It is important to once again mention that Evans is clearly having fun with this answer, so his tone does make this answer more difficult to decipher. That said, specifically mentioning an interdimensional portal is what makes it more likely to be a true slip up. He could’ve simply said “If you’ve ever run wearing a skin tight body suit” and still have gotten the joke across. Additionally, we’ve never seen Captain America run through any type of portal, much less an interdimensional one.

If we do take Evans’ response as confirmation that interdimensional travel is part of Avengers: Endgame, then it gives the movie another element that many were not previously considering. This could potentially open up the door for a true multiverse to be born, which is something Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson teased a few years ago as the future of the MCU. That said, directors Anthony and Joe Russo have previously said that alternate realities were not part of their plans for these two Avengers films. They did previously lie about the title in the press though, so they could’ve done the same here to try and protect elements of the film. Thankfully, Avengers: Endgame will be in theaters shortly and everyone will get to see how the movie plays out.

More: How To Avoid Avengers: Endgame Spoilers: A Guide

Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert


2019-04-19 08:04:37

Cooper Hood

Avengers: Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson Play Game Boy on Endgame Set

Playing Game Boy was Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson’s activity of choice to pass time on the set of Avengers: Endgame. Two of the original six Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, they play Steve Rogers/Captain America and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, respectively. Considering they’re already MCU veterans by now, the actors seem to have mastered the art of entertaining themselves while waiting during long filming days on these Marvel Studios movies.

The culmination of everything that has transpired in its universe for the last decade, Endgame was shot back-to-back with Avengers: Infinity War. The films were originally slated to be Part 1 and 2 with the same group of creative people behind them, including directors Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. They eventually decided to split the movies, but stuck to its initial schedule of working on it one after the other, with some days overlapping. Because of this, the cast and crew spent a total of eight months in principal photography, with reshoots taking place in September 2018, and additional filming early this year. Given the long working days, it makes sense that the actors found their own ways to pass time while waiting for their turns in front of the camera.

Related: Mark Ruffalo Claims He Shot Five Avengers: Endgame Endings

Now, thanks to a photo from Mark Ruffalo shared on his official Twitter account, fans know what was keeping Evans and Johansson busy during downtime on the set of Endgame, with the snap featuring the two engaged in a Game Boy battle. Both actors seemed to enjoy whatever they’re playing on the old school console, but based on their looks, this was taken at a time where they were filming the latter part of the film, with Johansson sporting a longer red hair and Evans clean-shaven. Check out the image below:

Given the massive cast list for Infinity War, Evans’ and Johansson’s MCU characters were largely sidelined in last year’s event movie. Aside from that one battle sequence with Sam Wilson/Falcon and key moments during the big battle in Wakanda, the two didn’t do much in the film. However, based on the footage fans have seen so far for Endgame, Cap and Widow appear to be the ones rallying the team for their upcoming mission. They’re expected to assemble the remaining heroes and play a pivotal part in concocting a plan to defeat Thanos. Rogers, in particular, who left his leadership duties following his falling out with Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War, seems to be leading the pack again for their next outing.

While Evans is largely believed to be exiting the MCU after Avengers: Endgame, things are quite different for Johansson, with a Black Widow film on the way. Kevin Feige and his team have yet to officially announce the project, but things are moving along, with Cate Shortland tapped to helm the movie. That doesn’t mean though that she’s guaranteed to survive the events of the upcoming film, with her standalone movie expected to be a prequel.

More: Original Six Avengers Get EW Covers For Endgame

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2019-04-14 07:04:28

Ana Dumaraog

RDJ & Chris Evans Make Fun of Captain America’s Avengers Costume

Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans make fun of Captain America’s costume from The Avengers. It’s been almost seven years since the Joss Whedon directed blockbuster brought together all MCU Phase 1 heroes for an epic mission against Loki. Much has happened to the characters since then, both collectively and separately, but they’re all set to band back together at the end of this month for Avengers: Endgame.

Hailed as the culmination of everything that’s transpired in the MCU, the film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, with the story written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The movie’s global press tour is in full swing following its big L.A. press conference this week. But considering the burning anticipation for the film, evidenced by the ridiculously high demand for tickets that clogged several online retailing sites, Marvel Studios can probably get away with not executing any traditional marketing. That said, the fact that it could be the final mission for Downey’s Tony Stark/Iron Man and Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America as well as their Phase 1 cohorts means the multi-city press activities are providing fans some great engagements among actors, including this latest one.

Related: Robert Downey Jr. Jokes About Giving Back Captain America’s Shield

It all started with Downey posting a short clip of Evans on the set of The Avengers having difficulties putting his parachute on as they go off to follow Loki after he’s been snatched by Thor. Captioning his tweet “This is what happens when they aren’t designed by Stark” and tagging Evans, it was funny in itself, but his co-star’s reply elevated the hilarity. Quoting Downey’s original upload, Evans retorted by tweeting: “I’m assuming you mean the parachute. However you DID design that costume, so I think they cancel each other out.” The two playfully ribbing each other online isn’t a new thing, but fans nevertheless dig it, especially considering their supposedly numbered days in the MCU. Check out their back-and-forth exchange below:

While Downey and Evans have really good rapport outside of their superhero personas, things are a bit different with their characters. Stark and Rogers have repeatedly argued during their stint as Avengers members, but they’ve always resolved it at the end of the day for the greater good. That wasn’t the case, however, when the events of Captain America: Civil War happened. Between their discord about the Sokovia Accords and Bucky’s involvement with the death of Howard and Maria Stark, the movie ended with the the pair going separate ways. This made it easier for Thanos to attack, seeing the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fractured, and eventually win in Avengers: Infinity War. But with another chance at defeating the Mad Titan in Endgame, Stark and Rogers need to come together to put up a united front against the intergalactic villain.

Them patching things up has already been teased in the film’s special look, but with the Russo’s admitting to footage manipulation, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that their actual reunion is saved for the film. Regardless,  it’ll be one of the most emotional moments in the Phase 3 capper. As for Cap’s (and the team’s) newest red and white suit for the upcoming film, there’s a good chance that Stark may have something to do with it. But with the concept of time travel factoring into its narrative, fans will see Evans don his old suit circa the Battle of New York, as revealed in prior set photos.

It’s an understatement to say that a pivotal part of the reason why the MCU has become this successful is because of its actors, particularly its pioneering ones. Despite a couple of re-castings, the core six remained intact throughout the years since The Avengers until Endgame. As fans grew invested in their characters, they’ve also become more interested in the actors themselves, and it’s easier to get behind them considering that they genuinely seem to get along and enjoy what they’re doing.

More: Original Six Avengers Get EW Covers For Endgame

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2019-04-13 08:04:44

Ana Dumaraog

Chris Evans ‘Isn’t Done’ With Captain America, Says Avengers 4 Director

Chris Evans is “not done yet” with the role of Captain America according to Avengers 4 co-director Joe Russo. There’s been speculation that the still unnamed Avengers sequel would be Evans’ swan song as Captain America for years. This was seemingly confirmed by the actor himself on his Twitter account. When Evans wrapped filming on Avengers 4, he penned an emotional thank you letter to fans commemorating his time as Captain America. Though Evans didn’t spoil Cap’s fate in the follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War, he did heavily imply there would be finality to Steve Rogers’ story in Avengers 4.

However, fans might be jumping too quickly to that conclusion. It’s confirmed that Avengers 4 co-director Joe Russo and his brother Anthony Russo will use Avengers 4 as their retirement from the MCU. This will bring to an end the journey the director duo started with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Evidently, though, Evans won’t be as free to walk away from the MCU and Captain America as the Russo brothers.

Related: Infinity War’s Red Skull Actor Won’t Confirm Avengers 4 Return

In an interview with USA Today, Joe Russo was asked to comment on Evan’s goodbye and why it came across as so emotional. Russo’s answer was unsurprisingly cryptic and did little to spoil Avengers 4‘s plot, but it did contradict the assumption that many took from Evans’ tweet. Discussing Avengers 4 wrapping filming Russo said:

I think it was more emotional for [Chris Evans] than it was for us, mostly cause he’s not done yet. I don’t want to explain what I mean, but audiences will soon understand.

On the surface, Russo’s comments seem to confirm that Avengers 4 won’t be Evans’ last appearance. This is not only despite Evan’s own comments, but the actor’s contractual obligations. According to Evans’ current MCU contract, Avengers 4 is his last movie in the universe. The contract can always been re-negotiated and extended. Evans previously extended the contract to include Avengers 4. However, if a deal does exist to extend Evans’ time as Captain America, it hasn’t been made public.

There’s also the possibility that Russo’s comments are intentionally misleading. Evans not being done with the Captain America role could mean the actor will have to confront his time as the character immediately before and after the release of Avengers 4 much more than Russo will have to discuss being a director. Between the press tour leading up to Avengers 4‘s release and the interviews that will inevitably be held after the movie’s release, Evans will be dealing with the role of Cap for a long time to come. Unlike the Russo brothers, who are less known to the mainstream public, Evans can’t just slip into anonymity.

Russo’s comment that fans will “soon understand” does imply, though, that there is some story reason for why Evans isn’t done with Captain America. This is pure speculation but perhaps Avengers 4 won’t conclude with a very final fate for Steve Rogers. Despite the wide-held belief that the movie will see Steve Rogers make the ultimate sacrifice, Captain America could survive. Avengers 4 might end with Cap getting a happy, or at least bittersweet, ending. Avengers 4 could be crafted as a finale for Captain America but still leave the door open for the character to return if (or when) Evans decides to come back to the MCU.

More: Avengers 4: Every Update You Need To Know

Source: USA Today



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Hobbs & Shaw Photo: Idris Elba’s Fast & Furious Villain Revealed

Dwayne Johnson has posted the first photo of Idris Elba as the villainous Brixton in the Fast & Furious spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw. The Rock has arguably become as central to the illegal street racing series-turned international juggernaut that is Fast & Furious as Vin Diesel, following his debut as Luke Hobbs from 2011’s Fast Five… and he has the box office receipts to prove it. Hence, it’s not surprising that Universal has decided to prioritize a spinoff movie that centers around Johnson’s character and pairs him opposite Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, especially after the two actors discovered they have crackling onscreen chemistry while filming last year’s Fate of the Furious.

Hobbs and Shaw officially began shooting last month, with David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) calling the shots from a script by Fast & Furious franchise writer/producer Chris Morgan. Not much is known about the film’s actual narrative, admittedly, but it’s probably fair to assume that Elba’s character is a suave British mercenary of sorts (Is there any other kind of British mercenary in the movies?) who’s out to profit from his terrorist ways. And of course, the only ones who stand in his way are Hobbs, Shaw, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘s Vanessa Kirby as (reportedly) Shaw’s sister, an MI-5 agent.

Related: Vanessa Kirby’s Hobbs & Shaw Character is ‘Absolutely the Boss’

Johnson published the first photo of Elba in character for Hobbs and Shaw on his Instagram account and, in doing so, confirmed the mysterious baddie’s name. Take a look in the space below:

Hobbs and Shaw‘s Brixton will be but the latest villain role in a major franchise movie that Elba adds to his belt, to go along with his voice work as the tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book remake and his performance as the antagonist Krall in Star Trek Beyond. As compelling as the actor can be when he’s playing the nobler type onscreen (even an extremely flawed hero like the DCI John Luther on the TV series Luther), he generally makes for an equally charismatic and engaging threat to the good guys in his big screen appearances.

The Fast & Furious movies have stepped up their own villain game over the past five years by bringing in top-tier talent like Luke Evans, Charlize Theron and – once upon a time – even Statham to take on the franchise’s heroes. However, with Elba stepping into Brixton’s (fancy) shoes, there’s a pretty good chance that Hobbs and Shaw will end up delivering the most memorable bad guy that the series has seen to date.

MORE: First Look at The Rock’s Fast & Furious Spinoff

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2018-10-11 03:10:10 – Sandy Schaefer

30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles

Landing a part in the latest major superhero movie release represents the pinnacle of many an acting career. Michael Keaton, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans and, to some extent, Robert Downey Jr might not be the household names they are today were it not for their comic book exploits.

However, while headlining the latest cinematic effort involving a caped crusader of some kind represents a dream come true for many, it’s proven to be something of a nightmare for a rare few. Bad scripts, difficult directors and a toxic work environment are just some of the many myriad reasons cited by the actors and actresses in this list – yet that’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Studio politics, stalled contract negotiations or issues around costume, make-up and iffy computer effects have also played a role in making these superhero movies not-so-super for the stars involved.

More often than not, the resulting movie has been forgettable at best and downright terrible at worst – but there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, an actor ended up enduring a miserable time on an otherwise enjoyable project. Other times, far sinister things were going on, unbeknownst to many involved in the finished movie.

Plenty of flops feature on this countdown but some major moneymakers can be found too, with comic book movie properties tied to Marvel, 2000AD, DC and Titan Comics all present and not very correct. Yes, landing a part in the latest superhero movie blockbuster has represented the pinnacle of many an acting career down the years but for this lot, it represented the pits.

Here are 30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles.

30 Hugo Weaving – Red Skull

Hugo Weaving originally signed a multi-picture deal to play the Red Skull across various future Captain America movies. However, when the character returned in Avengers: Infinity War the character had been recast with The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand taking Weaving’s place. It wasn’t a huge shock.

A few years prior, The Matrix actor told Collider playing the Red Skull was “not something I would want to do again.”

“It’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by,” he said. “I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”

29 Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of the fact things didn’t exactly go to plan with 2011’s Green Lantern. He even went as far as to include a gag, poking fun at the project, in Deadpool 2. Though it’s something he is able to laugh about now, it’s clear the actor regrets signing on that particular dotted line.

“When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script because the script didn’t exist,” Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter. The experience did at least teach him some valuable lessons about making superhero movies which was good news for Deadpool fans.

28 Jessica Alba – Invisible Woman

Jessica Alba’s experience playing Sue Storm in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was so bad it left her considering a career change. “I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it,” Alba told Elle [via SyFy].

“I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer’. The director [Tim Story] was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, ‘Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'” She continued: “It all got me thinking: Am I not good enough?”

27 Ben Affleck – Daredevil

Ben Affleck doesn’t just regret starring in the 2003 movie adaptation of Daredevil, he hates it. Affleck let his feelings be known to TimeTalks [via NME] during a discussion about why he signed on for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck said: “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”

“The Netflix show does really cool stuff,” he added.

“I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right,” Affleck stated.

26 Terrence Howard – War Machine

Terrence Howard has always blamed Robert Downey Jr for the fact he never got to reprise the role of James Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels. “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard told Watch What Happens Live [via Vulture].

Howard claims the studio offered to pay him “one-eighth of what we contractually had” and when he tried to call Downey Jr to talk about it “he didn’t call me back for three months.”

25 Idris Elba – Heimdall

Idris Elba’s experience working on Thor: The Dark World was so bad the actor described parts of it as “torture” to The Telegraph. In the interview, Elba recalled how he was forced to complete reshoots in London for the Thor sequel just days after return from filming the prestige biopic Mandela, in South Africa.

“In between takes I was stuck there [hanging from a harness], fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset, he said. “And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

24 Ryan Reynolds – Wolverine: X-Men Origins

Ryan Reynolds’ appearance as Deadpool in Wolverine: X-Men Origins was plagued with problems, starting with the character’s appearance. “He wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that,” he told GQ.

Though Reynolds objected, the studio pressed on.

“The conversation at the time was ‘If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don’t want to introduce him in this fashion, we’ll have someone else play him.'”When the film leaked online and fans reacted angrily, Reynolds response was simple: “told you so”.

23 Ed Norton – Hulk

Ed Norton clashed with producers behind the scenes on The Incredible Hulk, having only agreed to play Bruce Banner on the proviso he could have a say on the script and direction of the film. Replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, Norton couldn’t resist having a dig at the film during an appearance on Comedy Central’s Roast of Bruce Willis.

“I tried to be like you,” he told Willis [via Indiewire]. “I did a big action movie called The Incredible Hulk. You know what went wrong? I wanted a better script…I thought we should make one Marvel movie as good as the worst Christopher Nolan movie, but what the hell was I thinking.”

22 George Clooney – Batman

Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin may have fallen flat with critics and fans alike but it proved to be a serious career wake-up call for its star, George Clooney. “Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role.”

Clooney successfully banished memories of his time as Batman with next three films: Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

21 Tommy Lee Jones – Two-Face

Tommy Lee Jones hated working on Batman Forever or, rather, he hated working with co-star Jim Carrey. “I was the star and that was the problem,” Carrey explained on Norm MacDonald Live [via THR].

The situation came to a head when Carrey ended up in the same restaurant as Jones during filming.

“I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face,” Carrey said. “He went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”

20 Topher Grace – Venom

Topher Grace never felt entirely comfortable in the role of Eddie Brock/Venom having bagged the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. “I was a huge fan of the character of Venom when I was a kid when Todd McFarlane brought him into the comic,” he told Michael Rosenbaum on the Inside of You podcast [via Cinemablend]. “And I was surprised and a little bit like ‘Huh?’ when they wanted me to play it.”

Not only does Grace accept he was miscast, but he also agrees Tom Hardy is perfect for the role. “When I look at it now… [at Tom Hardy’s Venom movie] I go ‘That’s the guy.'”

19 Mickey Rourke – Ivan Vanko

Micky Rourke trashed the bigwigs over at Marvel Studios for what they did to his character Ivan Vanko, in Iron Man 2. Rourke told Syfy that he had worked hard with writer Justin Theroux and director Jon Favreau to flesh out his Russian villain and turn him into a three-dimensional character. Someone behind-the-scenes had other ideas though.

“I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy,” he said. “Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”

18 Alicia Silverstone – Batgirl

Alicia Silverstone was on the receiving end of some serious body shaming while working on Batman & Robin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstone, who was a huge star following the success of Clueless, was under intense scrutiny over her weight with one critic reportedly observing she “looked more Babe than babe.”

When rumor got out on set that she was having issues with her costume fittings, a storyboard artist ever put together a joke cartoon of Batgirl, mocking Silverstone’s issues.

The fake poster for Clueless 2: The Casting of Batgirl might have gone down well with the guys in the film’s art department but studio bosses were far from impressed.

17 Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider

Nicolas Cage has previously spoken of his disappointment at his two Ghost Rider movies, which he felt played it too safe. Speaking to JoBlo [via Bloody Disgusting], Cage explained that he and writer David S. Goyer had always envisioned the films as being gritty and, most importantly, R-rated.

“Ghost Rider was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie,” Cage said. “David Goyer had a brilliant script which I wanted to do with David, and for whatever reason, they just didn’t let us make the movie.” Though he believes there is the potential for someone else to take on the role and go down that dark path, Cage is done with the character.

16 Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars And Stripes

Jim Carrey stunned social media ahead of the release of Kick-Ass 2 by denouncing the film and its “level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Carrey, who is an outspoken advocate for increased gun control, took to Twitter following the incident to explain that he could no longer support the film.

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote [via The Guardian]. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

15 Michael Jai White – Spawn

He may have been among the first African American actors to portray a major comic book superhero but Michael Jai White has little love for his sole outing as Spawn. In fact, White is a much bigger fan of his small but powerful role as the gangster Gambol in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

He even went as far as to conduct an interview with The Hollywood Reporter revisiting his performance alongside Heath Ledger.

During the interview, White couldn’t resist having a dig at Spawn: “There is no footage of me ever saying that I liked Spawn. I have never said that I thought that was a good movie.” Ouch.

14 Jared Leto – The Joker

Jared Leto was left far from happy with the version of Suicide Squad that made it to the cinemas. Asked by IGN whether any scenes involving the Joker were cut from the film, Leto let rip.

“There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film,” he said. “If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

13 Halle Berry – Catwoman

Halle Berry’s regret at signing up for Catwoman was clear to see when she decided to make an appearance at the annual Razzie Awards back in 2005. A celebration of the year’s worst films and performances, Berry ‘won’ the Worst Actress gong for her efforts in Catwoman and, in a surprising turn of events, was on hand to deliver a memorable acceptance speech.

“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh**, god-awful movie,” she said [via MTV], going on to mock the rest of her cast. “I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”

12 Alan Cumming – Nightcrawler

Back when Alan Cumming was still in the frame to reprise his role as Nightcrawler in X-Men: The Last Stand, the Scottish actor shocked journalists with his response to the news Bryan Singer would not be returning for the third installment.

“I’m not disappointed, I can’t deny it,” Cumming said [via Movieweb]. “I think he’s really talented. I’m very proud of the film. I think it’s a great film. I didn’t enjoy working with him on the film.”

Evidently, Singer and Cumming didn’t see eye to eye on X-Men 2 though the source of their fractious relationship has never been divulged.

11 Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde

Ellen Page took to Facebook in 2017 to accuse director Brett Ratner of harassment during their time together on 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. According to Page, Ratner mocked her sexuality during promotional work for the film. Page was only 18 at the time.

“‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand,” Page wrote. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’”

10 Michael Fassbender – Magneto

Back in 2016, during the Toronto Film Festival’s pre-opening-night fundraising event, honoree Michael Fassbender surprised those in attendance by laying into his performance as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past. According to Vulture, during a segment in which clips from several of Fassbender’s films were shown, Fassbender started “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment”.

“I don’t actually like that performance there, to be honest,” Fassbender said after the highlights reel finished. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like [making a face and flailing his arms around] some dude shouting.”

9 Jamie Bell – Thing

Rumoured unrest on the set of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, coupled with the movie’s bad reviews left a bad taste in the mouth of its star, Jamie Bell. “There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set,” Bell told the Los Angeles Times.

“Everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film,” stated Bell.

8 Josh Brolin – Jonah Hex

Production delays, directorial changes, script rewrites, reshoots, and some pretty heavy-handed editing helped make Jonah Hex one of the most disappointing comic book movies of all time. It’s something the film’s star, Josh Brolin, is only too aware of. In fact, he revealed in an interview with the Nerdist that he hates it just as much as everyone else.

“Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he said [via Collider]. “The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days.”

7 Jennifer Garner – Elektra

While Ben Affleck bounced back from his Daredevil movie, Jennifer Garner never quite got going again after her spin-off effort, Elektra, bombed. Though Garner has never spoken openly about the film, her ex-boyfriend and close friend Michael Vartan revealed to Us Weekly [via SFGate] that the Alias actress was very unhappy with how the film turned out.

“I heard [Elektra] was awful. [Jennifer] called me and told me it was awful,” Vartan said. “She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract.” Garner has never denied Vartan’s claims.

6 Edward Furlong – The Crow

The Crow: Wicked Prayer is an absolute stinker of a comic book movie and currently boasts a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s star, Edward Furlong, struggled to show much in the way of enthusiasm for the role during an interview with Movieweb.

Asked about how he prepared for the film’s starring role, Furlong said: “It’s sort of like a really slow process that Lance Mungia, the director, and I went through. Initially, I was just attracted to the script because it was The Crow and I got to put on some leather pants and kick people’s ass.” Given how it turned out, he must be regretting signing up for such flimsy reasons.

5 Chloë Grace Moretz – Hit-Girl

Chloe Moretz made her name as Hit Girl in Mark Millar’s original Kick-Ass but, despite the first film holding a special place in her heart, she’s always been less enthusiastic about the sequel.

During an appearance on a panel at the Provincetown Film Festival in 2018, Moretz made those feelings crystal clear. “I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way,” she said [via Cinemablend]. “Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all.”

4 Kate Mara – The Invisible Woman

Kate Mara played Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie and, in an interview with The Times[via Yahoo] revealed the negative aura surrounding the film made her “a little gun-shy” about seeing the finished film.

“You don’t always have to learn some incredible life lesson when making a s*** movie. Sometimes it’s just what happens,” she said. “[Fantastic Four] was a tricky shoot but you know when you know when you’re shooting it that a film isn’t going to be what you want it to be? That was not the case at all.”

3 Jamie Kennedy – The Mask

Son of the Mask saw Jamie Kennedy replace Jim Carrey as the franchise’s star, with almost unwatchable results.

Though the movie is widely regarded as one of the worst ever made, Kennedy’s biggest regret may boil down to the make-up he had to wear on the film.

“I wore it 6 days in a row, and after that it gets rough,” he told Movieweb. “I had ears in this one, and Jim Carrey didn’t in the first one, so they would like press against my real ears and cut the circulation, so I would have to like rub my ears a bit after having on the makeup to get the blood flowing again.”

2 Sylvester Stallone – Judge Dredd

Despite starring in such turkeys as Over The Top, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar, Sylvester Stallone’s biggest regret was reserved for another movie. “The biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd” he once declared [via Den of Geek]. “The philosophy of the film was not set in stone – by that I mean, ‘Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones’, like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn’t fit smoothly.”

“The design work on it was fantastic, and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication,” he stated.

1 Lori Petty – Tank Girl

Lori Petty had a very particular gripe with the way things turned out for her Tank Girl movie: it was given an R rating. “There is nothing about that movie that is R. Nothing. Except there’s a woman talking s***. That’s why they rated it R. If they were going to rate it R I should have been butt-naked all the time, running around,” she told AV Club.

Tommy Boy came out that weekend, too, which is a hysterical movie, but it was rated PG-13. Do you know how many people bought Tommy Boy tickets and went to see Tank Girl? A billion.”

Are there any other superhero actors who regretted their roles? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-08 03:10:25 – Jack Beresford