Captain America himself arrives at C2E2 on the last day of the convention—unfortunately for me, it seems the entire place was brimming with anticipation for Chris Evans’ appearance, so much so that I wasn’t able to get a seat on the main stage and instead had to watch a live stream in a nearby room. Either way, you could tell that the energy was at an all-time high as Chris Evans arrived for the first time ever at C2E2.
Evans starts off the panel by talking about the fact he almost didn’t pick up the shield when the role of Captain America was offered to him. He says that it was out of fear, mainly from seeing the contract and being overwhelmed by the number of movies he would be making and how much pressure that would rest on his shoulders. But in the end, he took the role, and as he put it, “…it ended up being the best decision of my life.” When asked if he would return to play the role of Captain America, he stated, “As much as I’m connected to that role, love telling those stories, and working with those people, it doesn’t quite feel right, right now.”
Along with Captain America, Chris Evans has also played quite a few comic book characters from things like The Fantastic Four and Scott Pilgrim. However, even though it seems to be a pattern, Evans assures that it wasn’t something he planned, but having that starting point of a pre established fan base is something reassuring since it lets him know that what he’s putting so much work behind will be seen. But at the same time, that brings along its own kind of pressure because people are connected to the source material, and he wants to honor that. He ends it all by saying, “Comics just have all the right ingredients for a good film.”
Recently, Chris Evans produced a TV series, Defending Jacob. He says that he is fascinated by the idea of a limited series and that every episode makes it feel like a chapter book you revisit every week. But after exploring these new frontiers, Chris Evans says that he has no plans of producing anything else due to how much work it takes to do so. Because of how he works now, it gives him time with his family, which is extremely important to him. Having a production company and adding more work to his plate would cut into that time.
He also excitedly talked about his upcoming Christmas movie, Red One, which he says is the first Christmas movie he’s ever had offered to him. While he joked that he was hesitant to take it cause it might ruin Christmas for him having to see his face every Christmas, it was something he really wanted to do, so he couldn’t pass it off.
After talking about his ever-popular dog who wears outfits from the movies he’s in, the Chris Evans panel comes to a close after some quick fan questions.