In just under two weeks, Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters and kick off Phase 3 of the MCU. When the credits roll, this universe will be in a much different place than when it begins. The script for this film is packed with character arcs, world building, and tasked with introducing a few new characters to the MCU. With that said, this is definitely Captain America’s movie and Chris Evans is responsible for carrying some of, but not all of, the load.
Collider had the chance to talk to Evans about the film, his future with Marvel, and much more. If you are worried about spoilers for Civil War, do not be afraid. The following quotes do not reveal anything about the plot of the movie, but they did start by talking about his first impression from getting the script.
Yeah, it’s obviously daunting when you see how many things they’re trying to accomplish and you see how many plots they’re trying to navigate, but if there’s anything I’ve learned from Marvel is that they can handle it.
Being lucky enough to have seen the film already, one of the highlights from the movie is Tom Holland‘s portrayal as Spider-Man. The first showing of the Marvel/Sony team-up was perfect, and Holland is a big reason why. Evans was very happy to work with Holland, and he knew he’d be the perfect Spider-Man during the first read through they had together.
It was great. I mean I got to do a couple of those test screenings with him, with the potential Spider-Mans. Even the first time we read with Tom [Holland] the scene we read it says, “Spider-Man flips into the scene,” so I read with a couple guys and then Tom was the last one to go and Tom said before they rolled, “Uh, do you want me to flip in?” [laughs] and everyone from Marvel said, “No,” like they don’t want him to get hurt and the Russos were like “Yes!” Sure enough this kid just absolutely Spider-Man-ed it into the scene and landed in the most superhero pose and nailed the scene and it really just felt like, wow this is Spider-Man.
Marvel’s contracts with their actors is always a big topic when thinking about the future of these characters. For Evans, he would not reveal anything about how many movies are left on his contract, but he is definitely ready to keep playing the character if that is what Marvel wants.
There’s no re-upping yet. I was just saying in my last interview, it’s so funny just how fast time has moved. We started this in 2010 and six years is gone in the blink of an eye and in the beginning it was so terrifying and now you’re almost scared. I’m scared to walk away. I’m scared to not have one of these coming. For the past six years there’s always been, next year we start that one and it’s been wonderful, especially cause the movies are so good. When you make good movies, who wants to stop doing that? So, I don’t know. We’ll see. I mean I know in the comic books the shield gets passed off and you do know, more than anything else in this process, and meeting fans, and experiencing these junkets, and people who love the character, the character is bigger than you and whatever the character needs, whatever Marvel needs for that arc, I’m willing to do. If that is me passing it off, you pass it off. If they want to make more, I’m ready.
Speaking of his contract, a lot of contracts will be expiring following Avengers: Infinity War. When he was asked about his knowledge on the Phase 3 finale, he says he knows everything but that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely definitely have their hands full with this two parter.
They told me everything, and it’s uh, I don’t envy Markus and McFeely. Those guys have a big task in front of them.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.