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Captain America: Chris Evans?!?

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Chris Evans of Fantastic Four movie fame has been named as Steve Rogers/Captain America for the upcoming movies that Marvel is in the process of producing. My immediate response was Why?. I mean he’s okay as seen from roles such as Mace in the movie Sunshine with Cillian Murphy. However, I don’t think that he’s the right actor for the part for several reasons.

1) I don’t think that he has the right dynamic to compete with the other actors. It’s just one of those things. I’m not saying that he is just super low key either. It’s just that he’s going to have to act against Robert Downey Jr. and Sam Jackson (two very seasoned actors). Captain America is the leader of the Avengers for all practical purposes…he has to be able to believably take the reigns of leadership; honestly, I don’t know that he can do this when teamed with Jr.’s Tony Stark…

2) The jury is out as to whether he can pull off the “person from another time in the modern world” issue. Most of the roles in which he has appeared are not roles that require a lot of acting dynamic…I’m sorry even being the Captain of a ship that is destined to crash into the sun isn’t really enough. It’s one of those things that has been problematic for me since the being of casting talks. Who has the acting range to play this character and still fit all of our criteria (physically fit, American, etc. )? The answer is no one really knows what prominent actor has the chops to play this person and still be the right fit. I only hope that Evans will prove me wrong about his acting prowess.

3) He’s already been a character in the Marvelverse. This probably bothers me the most and is the most trivial of all the reasons. I don’t like the fact that the movie companies are so willing to compromise the artistry of the universe in order to cast him as another person. I know in the end all that matters to them is the money that rolls in; however,  I would also like to think that there was someone in the casting room going “Wait hasn’t he already been in one of our movies?” In my head, it just makes the idea of the “bridging of the universe” in the Avengers movie a little problematic because Reed Richards and the other members of the Fantastic Four will possibly appear in the sequels to the Avengers movie (face it, the sequels are going to happen).

Overall, I think that I am a little disappointed in their casting decision purely because Chris Evans as a dynamic, multifaceted actor is an unknown factor to me. I suppose we shall just have to see when the movie does come out in 2011 whether or not my theory holds up or whether I will be eating my own words.

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