I like Evans as an actor, and I think he fits the part fine. But I really REALLY dislike that he's already played a prominent Marvel hero. I think it's a bit different than the article's mention of Ryan Reynolds because of the specific characters Reynolds played.
Hopefully his filming conflicts will be irreconcilable and they're "forced" to go with Tatum, instead.
I think it's more of the fact that he's typically known more for comedic bits in the movie roles he's played. Granted, I thought he was great in "Push" and "Cellular", but even then he had some wise-cracking remarks. (I consider Krasinski a bit different since he doesn't really have film roles yet that people associate him with.)
For Spider-Man? Sure. Still not sure about Cap for him, though.
I have no idea who Evans is outside of FF so I have no idea if he's capable of anything. He seems like a better choice on the surface than Jim but not one I have any particular confidence about. He doesn't LOOK like a doofus like Jim, so I guess that's a step up.
I couldn't care less about the Torch thing. As said, its a totally different world. And the FF movies are hardly worthy of locking someone into a role.
Evans is also in The Losers, which is based off a comic as well. But then again, that's of a genre that isn't best known from comics. I can see Evans in the Cap costume and doing the action stuff, but the more serious natural leader stuff Cap would have to do, not so much. BTW, I just read that Mavel Studios guy Avi Arad says "about half" of the movie is set during WW2. I thought it was going to be almost all a period film, and have the modern day stuff being him being found frozen?
He could work as the Ultimate interpretation of the character, who's a bit of an alpha male prick at times and is less squeaky clean, but I don't think they're going for that with what we've read so far.
every day it seems like i see a trailer for yet another movie (which actually happen to be comic book movies, funnily enough) with chris evans and i yell at the screen "THIS GUY IS CAPTAIN AMERICA????"
i don't know this bucky guy. i'm sure he'll be fine.
Marvel Films' head of production Kevin Feige says Cap and Thor and future movies will have a similar tone to Iron Man.
“You know, I think we’ve established a tone in the Marvel films that we like very much, which is to say there can be moments that are extremely sincere and extremely emotional and at the same time can have a lightness of touch. They’re not always going to be the same and sometimes it’s appropriate and sometimes it’s not, but certainly, we’re not afraid to… listen, I believe an audience connects with the characters if you make them laugh, if you bring them inside the joke they’re more likely to be affected when you decide to turn it 180 degrees and make something more emotional and make something more touching. I think that worked extremely well in Iron Man; I think it works very well in Iron Man 2. In Thor and Cap we’re going with that – not necessarily because that’s what we’ve done in Iron Man, but because that’s what we like most about movies. Those are the kind of movies that we like to see, are the ones that aren’t just dark to be dark or aren’t just self-serious for the sake of having some sort of false sense of gravitas or something. We think our stories are sweeping, we think our stories are epic and we think they’re important. At the same time, we know that they’re popcorn entertainment and need to appeal to the broadest audience, and we want to keep them light and fun and frankly that’s how you connect with a billionaire weapons industrialist that most of us have nothing in common with. I believe that’s how we’re gonna connect with the God of Thunder and that’s how we’re gonna connect with a scrawny kid in 1941 who wants to join the Army.”
While I don't think the films shouldn't have lighter moments, I don't think they should all be the same, and Thor and Cap in particular I think should be a little more serious. I don't really get the idea that humour is the only way to connect to them either, because isn't Cap's story pretty easy to understand? As for Thor, I think Mark Waid had a good take:
Marvel Comics’ characters have been exceedingly popular since the 1960s because they’re especially relatable. The X-Men are about facing prejudice. The Hulk is about the power of anger and how to deal with it. The Fantastic Four is about family. Thor is about...
...this one stumped me for years. The Mighty Thor chronicles the ongoing, modern-day adventures of the Norse god of thunder, who divides his time between punching supervillains in Manhattan and fighting Frost Giants with a giant hammer to protect his home of Asgard and his cranky dad, Odin. I never got Thor. I have absolutely no interest in mythology, Thor’s trademark “thee-thou-thine” faux-Medieval dialogue feels corny to me, and Thor is traditionally about as bright as a week-old glowstick. And yet...and yet...he’s been one of comics’ mainstay heroes for nearly a half-century, which means there had to be something in the concept that the audience can identify with. I just couldn’t find it. And, worse, a few years back when I was doing a handful of Marvel books, I had to write Thor from time to time.
So I finally broke it down, and once I did, it was embarrassingly obvious:
Thor is about a rebellious son who can’t please his father no matter what he does.
Odin’s a jerk. He claims to have a very clear vision of Thor’s destiny, one that doesn’t involve wasting time with Earthlings, but like many fathers, he’s much better at articulating what Thor isn’t supposed to do than what he is supposed to do. There’s poor Thor, just trying to follow his heart, while Odin--time and again with all the compassion of a hurricane--punishes Thor for breaking specious rules that were never very clear to begin with.
THAT, I got. THAT, hundreds of thousands of teenage readers have been getting since 1962.
I don't really get the idea that humour is the only way to connect to them either, because isn't Cap's story pretty easy to understand?
In order to invest in a character you often need to RELATE to him. When you're watching a reality based movie that's not that hard to do. You can connect to the son and father looking for a way to bond, or the man and woman finding each other after a lifetime of disappointments, or the group of friends who have been there for each other for a lifetime... but its tougher to bond with the teenage nerd who gets bitten by a radioactive spider, gets super powers, and then becomes a super hero because of the guilt he feels for allowing his "father" to be murdered.
We throw a lot of lip service at the characters like Spider-Man who are "relate able" compared to the characters who are bigger than life like Superman... but the reality is that they're all pretty whacked out. Now, we're comic fans so maybe we get over this quicker but a HUGE reason that comics are niche is because the average person can't connect there. Its escapism at its most extreme and people like reality TV, Law and Order ripped from the headlines, and real world dramas.
So one way to really help people connect with a super hero film is by making them laugh. Because Tony Stark isn't relateable as a millionaire genius who runs a weapons company that leads to him being kidnapped by terrorists and having to design a pacemaker for himself a suit of armor he uses to fight crime.
But they CAN relate to a smarmy dude who cracks jokes and makes you smile. And once you start to connect there then you can start to invest and care about the other stuff.
I doubt they mean to say that the drama or anything else will be gone. But I think the reality they're working with is that if they toss in some light hearted character and comedy to Cap and just make him a really relateable guy then you open the door for more people to become invested then would with a 100% straight up serious comic book story. Plus it keeps the tone of Iron Man which is a smart play if they're all going to connect.
That's what I hoped for and expected. No silly pirate boots, no silly wings, no scales. Just a "practical" military jumpsuit that retains the iconic appearance. Just like Ultimate Cap. In fact it looks totally designed after Ult Cap with that helmet he's wearing instead of the traditional cowl.
I just mean the hexagonal patterns on the leather and the belt buckle design and the overall sleekness seems very modern. Cos what they could do is in the WW2 part of the movie have him in a cheesier version more like the traditional design which he hates, and when he gets recruited in the present, he's disappointed to hear they want him wearing his old colours, but is shown the new design and is relieved at how much better it looks. Isn't he supposed to be wearing the old design early on when he's relegated to just doing USO shows as a Propaganda Tool?