With three Marvel Studios films under his belt, there are few people in the world that understand Captain America quite like Chris Evans. The actor has lived in his skin, understands how he thinks, and knows him inside and out. But while the actor has taken ownership of the superhero role that has made him a global superstar, going into The Avengers: Age of Ultron he only had one request for writer/director Joss Whedon: he wanted to make sure Cap’s powers stayed consistent.
It was Chris Evans himself who revealed this interesting bit of Captain America trivia, speaking to myself and a small group of other journalists on the set of the Avengers sequel last summer. Asked if he had talked to the film’s director before production to try and emphasize any aspect of the character, the actor revealed that he put his complete faith in Joss Whedon and trusted him with the patriotic hero – but added that he also requested that the displays of his incredible abilities not be toned down in any way. He explained,
Looking back on the events and action sequences featured in Captain America: The Winter Solider, there’s no denying that things were taken up a few notches. In that film, Cap was diving out over airplanes sans-parachute, jumping out of skyscrapers, leaping off of motorcycles to destroy jets, and much more. And because the hero isn’t exactly the kind of guy who is going to start being lazy and give up on his training, Chris Evans insists that there can be no stepping backwards, only forwards. He told us,
Evans even went as far as to cite past examples of inconsistency and express confusion over them, As he explained, if Captain America can punch a heavy bag off its chain across the room, how would a normal person be able to take a hit? Fortunately, that’s an issue that’s solving itself in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, as the movie’s robotic villains are quite a bit more durable than Hydra soldiers or Chitauri. Said Evans,
Whether or not Captain America will be able to withstand and survive the powerful and deadly hordes of Ultrons is unknown now, but all will be revealed when The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st. In the meantime, stay tuned for more of our coverage from the set!
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