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Chris Evans has handily become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most fascinating performers. Although Captain America: The First Avenger is widely regarded as one of the more mediocre Marvel films, Evans has continuously grown and evolved, and Cap has become one of Marvel's most reliably badass heroes. It has been a fascinating transformation to watch, but now it seems that Evans initially didn't want his Captain America movies to succeed because he was worried they would consume his life. The actor explained:
One of my biggest fears was that the movies were going to be good. Because if things worked out, I'd have to do all six of them. And at the time, that was the most terrifying aspect of it. That it was going to be so dominating, all-encompassing.
Playing a part in a major superhero franchise is not a part time gig. It requires years of commitment, and success only leads to more work. When Captain America entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The First Avenger for Evans' initial six-picture deal, the actor was not even sure if he wanted the films to be good, because he knew the amount of work and time commitment that would result from the success. It's always good to be in a film that succeeds, but the central concern here seems to be the fact that playing Cap could've easily ruled Evans' life.
Those concerns were likely compounded by the fact that Chris Evans has quite a bit of experience in less successful comic book franchises. He famously portrayed Johnny Storm in two lackluster Fantastic Four movies, and he also appeared in the non-starter adaptation of The Losers. Captain America is the role that helped Evans achieve undeniable success, but his initial trepidations about portraying Steve Rogers make plenty of sense.
Despite the initial concerns that the actor pointed out in his chat with The Telegraph, Chris Evans has still managed to keep himself busy with non-Avengers related work as well. He dove into another comic book universe in 2014 with the dystopian sci-fi adventure Snowpiercer, and he returned to more grounded drama earlier this year with Gifted. Cap is the main gig at the moment, but he has managed to find other niches as well. The ability to balance both types of films is probably why he has opted to stick with the MCU longer than expected.
Of course, Chris Evans appears to have really come around to his role as Steve Rogers in the MCU. He has grown into the role arguably better than any other actor in this cinematic universe, and Cap has more or less become the MCU's moral focal point -- with the actor even extending his contract to include the fourth Avengers movie. Evans was hesitant to stick with Captain America in the beginning, but it is now fairly obvious that he is going to enjoy himself (at least) through the end of Phase 3.