The characterization for Captain America has been stellar, but that doesn't mean the actor playing the part doesn't see the opportunity to grow the character even more.
Chris Evans deserves a lot of credit for adapting Steve Rogers into the live-action icon he's become in the last few years. But he was actually very skittish in the beginning. And, hey, that makes sense. Evans had a pretty rocky start in the superhero game with the Fantastic Four.
But Evans has been Cap for a while now. So he's slowly felt like he's gained the right to take a stand on what Rogers would or would not do.
The first movie, I just felt like I was lucky to be around. The second movie, you just don’t want to piss anyone off; there are so many other amazing people here. Now you start feeling like, 'Well, I’m throwing this barbecue, too.' [laughs] It’s a strange feeling being like, “Well, hang on, what if we did it like this?” It’s a nice feeling to come into your own. I think the first movie, we didn’t even… I’d see myself in the suit and be like, “Who’s that idiot in the suit?” It’s starting to feel more like real or home or something, so you do start caring a little bit more. So you do run into those kids and they do have that impact and it’s a very nice thing. It’s a responsibility now. I don’t want to make it sound like it’s gone to my head or anything, you just care a little bit more about making sure this is good quality stuff because we’re going to run the contract. We’re going to do Avengers 2. Probably going to do Avengers 3. [laughs] These things will happen so you want to make sure it’s pointed in the right direction. You don’t want to step on toes, but there’s room to be vocal and that’s the best thing about Marvel. You can be stuck in a contract at a much worse place, a lot worse place. Marvel’s very collaborative. You feel the love from Marvel.
So, with this newfound feeliing of control and responsibility, what does Evans want for Cap?
This might sound crazy, but...be wrong. Make a mistake. He's so concerned with being right. Even the struggle in this one, it's about how to be right. His biggest struggle is just being the best he can be, and if he doesn't achieve that, he really beats himself up. His moral compass is so sound, you rarely see him make a mistake. It's everyone around him dropping the ball. So it would be nice to see a little bit of human error or a human flaw, just immaturity or foolishness, an ego, something.
And that makes sense. It seems like a lot of Winter Soldier is going to be about Steve stepping out from behind blind patriotism and taking on a leadership role, so the next logical step would be for him to screw it up.
I can't help but wonder if Evans is hinting at something. Could it be that Ultron is somehow a product of Steve's mistakes? Or will lives be lost in Cap's name?
Either way, real, human stakes make any superhero movie (or any other kind, really) better. So we're on board with Evans' opinion.
How about you?
(via Comic Book Movie)