Chris Evans Avengers 2 interview

In June 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Over the last couple months we have posted our on set interviews with Mark RuffaloRobert Downey Jr, director Joss Whedon, and Chris HemsworthToday we’ve been given the green light to publish our interview with two more Avengers. This morning we posted our interview with Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner, and this post contains our interview with Captain America himself Chris Evans. Here is a short snippet from Evans explaining how Captain America has to really earn his spot on this team of superheroes:

With the second Captain America we really pushed the envelope in terms of what this guy is capable of which I was excited to see. Because in the first Captain America he’s just strong. In Avengers it was still, in my opinion, a little bit punch, punch, kick, kick. You just can’t be Jason Bourne. We gotta see this guy do stuff that’s like yeah, he deserves a spot on this squad. You know, in [Winter Soldier] he’s pinballing off of jets and doing unbelievable things. I don’t wanna take a step back so we gotta make sure that he’s continuing training. His fight style needs to advance a little bit. I don’t wanna go full Bruce Lee, but there needs to be more than just haymakers and fun kicks. There needs to be a consistent display of strength. Utilize your environment in a way that’s like, “that’s right he can pick up a motorcycle with one hand…” Let’s, let’s not forget that I can get punched by a human and get knocked down. It just doesn’t make sense to me. So that’s the only thing and that’s a tough thing to try to remember. You know, even in Avengers, you know, I punched a heavy bag across a room. If I hit a person he’s not getting back up. It’s just the way it’s gonna go, so we can’t do this any other way.

Read our whole Chris Evans Avengers 2 interview after the jump.

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Chris Evans Avengers 2 Interview

Question: How much is Cap reeling from the events of the Winter Solider when we meet him here?

Chris Evans: You know, he’s adjusting. The team doesn’t have anyone to report to now. There’s no more S.H.I.E.L.D. so we’re all kind of depending upon one another, but that gives him an opportunity to kind of take more of a leadership role I suppose. Since there’s no one else giving him orders, he doesn’t have to question the chain of command or anyone’s motives, but it does mean he needs to rely on his team a lot more so it’s just kind of added a little bit more tension to the actual dynamic of the Avengers. But, with these movies it’s hard to kind of dive too deeply into any one character’s plotline, you know, what I mean?

That’s just the nature of how these moves are gonna have to work. Do your movie and then you come to Avengers and we all gotta address a group conflict and then go back to your conflict. There’s too many plots, too many characters to try and spend too much time with your own individual conflict, you know.

At the end of the Winter Solider you are starting your own mission? When you enter into this film do we see you on that mission?

Chris Evans:  I can’t tell you that.

How has the group dynamic evolved and how are the relationships developing?

Chris Evans: I don’t think I can tell you that either. These are tough to give because you don’t wanna give too many plot points away. I can see headlines now and then I get a little talking to.

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We are embargoed for quite awhile so you can tell us everything.

Chris Evans:  Oh you are! Okay… Everyone has their own personal — Scarlet Which has a way of getting in your head. That’s her ability so each one is kind of confronted with their own personal issues and demons and that kind of creates personal struggles as well as conflicts for the team. So, I don’t wanna dive too deeply into each person’s individual conflict but it’s tense.

This is your fourth film playing Captain America. How comfortable are you with the character and with what ownership have you taken with who this Captain America is?

Chris Evans: Very comfortable. You know, the first movie you’re terrified. The second one you’re just, intimidated because there’s so many great people but by Winter Soldier is when you really start kind of hitting your stride and feeling like you’re making some core progress with the character and you get a little more comfortable speaking up when you have opinions. And the Russos are so great and I love that movie and it all just kind of worked out in terms of the evolution of my personal connection with character. So at this point I’m feeling really good and, like I said, it’s hard to give too much individual attention to your own plotline in a movie like this. I’m very excited for [Captain America: Civil War].

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Is there carry-over between the relationship that you and Scarlet Johnasson have in Winter Solider, which is so funny and casual?

Chris Evans: They do really good stuff with Scarlet in this one with her personal stories so the bond is definitely there, but we established it. We’re not gonna keep eating on that one. It’s built. It’s there. It’s solid. The foundation is there. So this movie begins with kind of a connection between the two of us but she has her own arc in this movie.

Do we get the impression in this movie that they have gotten together in between the two movies at all or do the Avengers only come together for these big events that they have to be brought together?

Chris Evans:  Meaning does it seem like the main Avengers characters have had like other battles in between?

Like have they done anything in between the first Avengers movie and this one?

Chris Evans:  No, they do a good job ‘cause the movie’s only a couple of hours long. You got a lot of people to fit in there so we really hit the ground running with this movie. The opening scene is boom so we don’t wanna be like, “What have you been up to?” [laughs] Then you kind of pepper in dialogue like “man, those past couple of years have been crazy haven’t they?” That’s in no way a cheat. You don’t wanna waste your time having reunion moments. You just wanna get these guys fighting together. Everything that Marvel does, it’s a chess move. Nothing is by accident. Everything is calculated so sometimes there are things that even I find out and I’m like, “That’s why you did that?” You guys. You sons of bitches.

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Was there anything you talked to Joss about before you started on this that you wanted to make sure was included or involved?

Chris Evans: You know, in terms of the character Joss got it right with the first Captain America and not only that he’s a fanboy, you know? He’s loved comic books so it’s not like you’re talking to someone who might not have a handle of what audiences want, or who this character is at his core. The only thing I talked to him about was his ability consistency. With the second Captain America we really pushed the envelope in terms of what this guy is capable of which I was excited to see. Because in the first Captain America he’s just strong. In Avengers it was still, in my opinion, a little bit punch, punch, kick, kick.

You just can’t be Jason Bourne. We gotta see this guy do stuff that’s like yeah, he deserves a spot on this squad. You know, in [Winter Soldier] he’s pinballing off of jets and doing unbelievable things. I don’t wanna take a step back so we gotta make sure that he’s continuing training. His fight style needs to advance a little bit. I don’t wanna go full Bruce Lee, but there needs to be more than just haymakers and fun kicks. There needs to be a consistent display of strength. Utilize your environment in a way that’s like, “that’s right he can pick up a motorcycle with one hand…”

Let’s, let’s not forget that I can get punched by a human and get knocked down. It just doesn’t make sense to me. So that’s the only thing and that’s a tough thing to try to remember. You know, even in Avengers, you know, I punched a heavy bag across a room. If I hit a person he’s not getting back up. It’s just the way it’s gonna go, so we can’t do this any other way. That’s it. Just trying to keep your finger on that pulse and it’s tricky with all these characters.

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