The Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to expand each year, but its ultimate hero remains one of its earliest signings. Yes, Chris Evans has proved time and time again why he was the ideal man to play Captain America with a string of heroic, heart-warming and all-round good-guy real-life deeds. Here are 20 reasons why pretty much everyone loves the Hollywood star.
20. He’s essentially the real Captain America
There are more than a few parallels between Captain America and the man who plays him. In fact, none other than the Marvel Studios president himself has commented on how alike the character and the actor are. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kevin Feige also compared him to one of the original big screen superhero stars, Christopher Reeve.
Feige told the iconic magazine, “[Chris Evans] is a reluctant star… I think he’s a great actor, and I think he can do whatever he wants to do, but even when you look at his Twitter account and taking a stand on things, it’s like, ‘Is he becoming Captain America?’”
19. He’s overwhelmingly positive
Few Hollywood names possess a spirit as overwhelmingly positive as Chris Evans’. The star appears to spend much of his spare time posting congratulatory or supportive messages to his fellow comic-book actors. And not just his Marvel ones either. Indeed, the star tweeted both Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and the official Wonder Woman account to express his joy at their success.
And Evans’ refreshingly positive nature extends far beyond the comic book universe, too. In 2016 he responded to a National Geographic news report about the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter with his typical sense of glee. He posted on his official Twitter account, “Congrats NASA!! Amazing accomplishment. Truly genius… and pretty darn cool!!”
18. He’s prepared to suffer for his art
Evans sure had to suffer for his art while filming one particular scene in The Avengers. In an interview about the film with Variety, Jeremy Renner revealed that his co-star was forced to wear face prosthetics to shoot the movie’s coda at a premiere. Evans is, of course, clean shaven as Captain America but was filming another movie fully bearded at the time.
Renner, who was highly amused by Evans’ predicament, told the magazine, “The poor guy, he was in a chair for like four hours just for this three-second scene. He looked awful. He looked like his face was melting. Imagine if you have to put prosthetics over a thick beard; he looked like he got stung by a bee. The names that [Robert] Downey Jr. and everybody came up with. He couldn’t even laugh. It was really quite frustrating, I’m sure.”
17. He adopted a rescue dog
If you thought that Chris Evans couldn’t possibly get more adorable, then be prepared to think again. While shooting 2017 drama Gifted, the star had to film a scene in a real life dog pound. And once the cameras stopped rolling, the actor decided he had no option but to take one particular loveable canine home with him for good.
Evans told People magazine about the moment he first set eyes on his beloved pooch Dodger. He said, “I foolishly walked in and I thought, ‘Are these actor dogs or are these real up for adoption dogs?’ And sure enough they were, so I was walking up and down the aisles and saw this one dude and he didn’t belong there. I snagged him and he’s such a good dog.”
16. He’s an LGBT ally
Evans has often used his status as a worldwide superstar for the greater good. Indeed, since rising to fame he’s become one of the LGBT movement’s most vocal Hollywood allies. Evans has an openly gay younger brother, Scott, who is also a fellow actor and is best known for playing cop Oliver Fish on daytime soap One Life to Live.
Evans has been particularly supportive of gay marriage rights. In a 2012 interview with Playboy, he said, “Are you kidding me? It’s insane that civil rights are being denied people in this day and age. It’s embarrassing, and it’s heartbreaking. It goes without saying that I’m completely in support of gay marriage. In 10 years we’ll be ashamed that this was an issue.”
15. He’s the perfect gentleman
As more and more stories emerge in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the pool of Hollywood actors with respect for women appears to be getting smaller each day. Thankfully, Chris Evans appears to be the perfect gentleman. And one of many examples of this occurred during the filming of 2009 sci-fi thriller Push.
Indeed, in one particular scene, the script required for Evans to grope his female co-star Camilla Belle as they shared a kiss. And the film’s leading man wasn’t entirely comfortable with the way their embrace was written. In fact, he only agreed to start shooting when he received confirmation that Belle was entirely at ease with the scene.
14. He offered his support to a bullying victim
In 2017 a youngster named Keaton Jones went viral with a tearful video in which he revealed the torment he’d faced from his middle-school bullies. Indeed, in excess of 20 million people watched the clip in the space of 24 hours, many of whom offered their support. And one particularly high-profile viewer, Chris Evans, decided to reach out to Jones with a heartwarming offer.
Indeed, Evans took to Twitter to give Jones both reassurance and something to look forward to. He posted, “Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?”
13. He pranked a fan for charity
Evans has put his name to several great causes over the years. But one of his most playful charitable acts came in 2017 when he teamed up with Omaze for a prank in support of the non-profit organization Christopher’s Haven. Evans first surprised customers at a local comic book shop when he provided the voice for a Captain America doll that suddenly began having conversations with them.
Evans and co. then took things to the next level when they turned the store into an elaborate escape room. The unwitting customers were encouraged to sport goggles and ski masks in an attempt to track down a secret Hydra Agent. Thankfully, the victims saw the funny side when all was revealed, and they got to meet the real-life Captain America himself.
12. He raised $27,000 for charity thanks to a bet with Chris Pratt
Patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital got to meet two superheroes for the price of one in 2015 when two of Hollywood’s best-loved Chrises made a surprise appearance. Indeed, Evans and his namesake Pratt visited the kids dressed as their respective characters, Captain America and Star-Lord. And it was all down to a Super Bowl bet.
After Evans’ beloved the New England Patriots defeated Pratt’s favorite team the Seattle Seahawks, the Guardians of the Galaxy actor came good on his promise to don his Star-Lord costume for a very special meet and greet. But even though Evans won the bet, he still decided to join his friend in full superhero gear for the visit. The pair subsequently helped to raise $27,000 for charity in donations too.
11. He surprised kid volunteers at a charity screening
A group of young volunteers attending a screening of Captain America: Civil War got the surprise of their lives when the star of the movie joined them in person. In 2016 Evans took time out of his hectic promo duties to thank one particular kind-hearted fan. Archie Silverstein had given away the money he received for his bar mitzvah to a charity that gives less privileged children the chance to enjoy a birthday party.
And Evans couldn’t have been more impressed with the 12-year-old’s random act of kindness. He told him, “Buddy, you’re a real champion. I heard what you did – I think that’s really heroic.” Referring to his Captain America character, Evans then told the Daily News, “Knowing that the role, though demanding and though heavy with responsibility, you get that type of reaction and it’s all worth it.”
10. He’s chivalrous
Evans was crowned Favorite Action Movie Actor at the People’s Choice Awards ceremony in 2015. But it wasn’t this victory that saw the star hit the headlines. Indeed, Evans caught far more attention for his act of chivalry towards an actress 60 years older than him, the legendary Betty White.
Evans made the whole world go “aww” when he helped the former Golden Girls star up to the stage when she was named Favorite TV Icon. Indeed, the actor sprang into action when the 90-something White was called up to collect her award. Proof that Evans is as quick off the mark as his superhero character.
9. He took his mum to the Oscars
Evans might not have been nominated at the 2013 Oscars ceremony he attended but he did make sure that Hollywood’s Son of the Year was in the bag. For instead of his latest squeeze, the A-lister asked his beloved mother Lisa to accompany him to the prestigious event. And Evans then continued to keep it in the family.
Indeed, three years later Evans decided to bring his sister Carly to the same event. And even more adorably, he also gave a shout-out to her two kids while being interviewed on the red carpet. In 2015 Evans also invited another of his nearest and dearest, best friend Tara, to Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.
8. He wrote a heartfelt tribute to a late young fan
You might need some tissues for this one. In 2018 Evans took to Twitter to pay his respects to a 13-year-old fan who had tragically passed away from cancer. The star had first started talking to Damon Billeck after discovering that Captain America was the San Antonio youngster’s favorite comic-book character.
“Damon had the kind of strength I only pretend to have on screen,” Evans posted with feeling on the popular social media site. “He was a true warrior. Brave, selfless, compassionate, and proud. I feel so grateful for his friendship. Sending all my love to you and your family, Brian.”
7. He’s not afraid to be himself
Evans certainly isn’t afraid to play it uncool. During an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alongside several other Avengers castmates, it was revealed that the star knows the lyrics to every song from Disney classic The Little Mermaid. And that isn’t the only musical revelation that’s emerged during a superhero promotional trail.
Indeed, co-stars Sebastian Stan and Don Cheadle were more than happy to discuss Evans’ song-and-dance-man on-set antics during an MTV interview to promote Avengers: Infinity War. “Somethin’ about those tap shoes lately have come out,” joked the former. This was in reference to the news that Evans had been crowned the Most Theatrical student during his high-school years.
6. He’s humble
“Dumb luck” is how Evans described the way in which he which a landed an internship that helped kickstart his acting career. In 2016 he took to Twitter to post the picture of the charmingly polite letter he sent to various casting directors as a teen. It began, “I am writing this letter to introduce myself to you and to make myself available to your firm for possible internship work during the summer of 1998.”
Evans shared a photo of the crumpled letter on the social networking site after it was discovered by his father. But sadly, the actor didn’t upload the accompanying headshot and resume, which he claims were “beyond humiliating” and “truly comical.” However, one particular casting agency still saw something in a young Evans and the rest is history.
5. He goes beyond the call of duty
One of the most memorable scenes from Captain America: Civil War is when the titular superhero uses nothing more than his hands to hold back a helicopter. It’s also a scene that pushed Evans’ physical strengths to its limits. In fact, the star injured his arm while filming the shot that the star described as “bicep porn.”
Evans told Made in Hollywood that he’s still suffering from the particularly challenging stunt. He said, “It’s a real bummer. I keep waiting for it to go away. I didn’t even work out last year for like five or six months. Everyone said ‘Take time off, you’ll be good.’ It’s still a real thing. To this day, my forearm is still a mess from that scene.”
4. His bulging biceps are all his
Evans’ biceps while playing Captain America bulge so impressively that the actor was forced to shut down rumors that they were enhanced by CGI. In fact, while filming Avengers: Age of Ultron, the actor even decided to work out on his arms in between takes. Evans admits that he had initially been embarrassed about this approach but now has no shame having seen co-star Anthony Mackie do the same.
In an interview to promote Captain America: Civil War, Evans said, “Before each take, Mackie’s just curling weights non-stop and I thought, ‘Yeah! What are you doing Chris? Just curl some weights! Who cares?’ I am not going to worry about 20 people judging me, as opposed to 200 million people seeing the scene forever.”
3. He’s the leader of the MCU group
When it comes to social gatherings, Evans acts as the leader of the MCU group. And he unites the rest of his co-stars in a hilarious and suitably on-brand way. Indeed, Evans text messages his fellow superhero actors “Avengers Assemble” any time he’s trying to organize a bonding night out. Clark Gregg, a.k.a. Phil Coulson, claims that the first time he received the message was one of his coolest ever moments.
Chris Hemsworth, who plays fellow Avenger Thor in the MCU, also spoke about one particular social gathering organized by Evans in a chat with Collider. He said, “Chris [Evans] sent us a text that said, ‘Avengers assemble at such and such bar, at 9 o’clock on Saturday night.’ That was a good group effort. We paid for it at work, the next couple of days.”
2. He can be spontaneous
You may think that every line uttered in the MCU films is precision tooled by a team of Hollywood’s finest scriptwriters. And that may be the case for the majority of the dialogue. However, in Avengers: Infinity War, the Chrises Evans and Hemsworth were allowed to let loose for one particular scene.
Indeed, the conversation in which Thor and Captain America compare their immaculate facial hair didn’t appear in the original script. Evans and Hemsworth used their natural off-set rapport to ad-lib the burst of friendly banter. For what it’s worth, the online majority declared Evans’ thick beard and mustache as the most impressive out of the two.
1. He’s a comic-book veteran
Of course, 2011’s Captain America wasn’t Evans’ first foray into the superhero world. Far from it. In fact, the actor had previously appeared in no less than six different films inspired by the comic-book universe. In 2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer, Evans played one of the four main heroes, Johnny Storm.
Two years after the Fantastic Four franchise came to an end, Evans appeared in another comic-book adaptation, Push. In 2010 he appeared in both Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The Losers. And you may not know that in 2007 he provided the voice for Casey Jones in the big-screen reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.