Chris Evans said joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe was both intimidating and overwhelming.
The Captain America actor, who made his debut as the superhero in The First Avenger back in 2011 before playing the character 10 more times up until last year’s Avengers: Endgame, made this admission to his fellow Marvel cohort Paul Rudd during Variety’s most recent Actors On Actors series.
“With a character in [the Marvel Cinematic Universe], you’re the first tracks in the snow [for viewers]. It’s intimidating and overwhelming. But working at Marvel, everyone makes you feel so comfortable. It’s such a group effort, you know that every decision is going to be vetted over endlessly. Very quickly you put down your fear and realise you’re in good hands.”
Evans then opened up about Rudd joining the MCU as Ant-Man, insisting that everyone involved knew that he was going to gel with the rest of the cast and crew, as Rudd is “like sorbet, a palate cleanser, an always welcome addition.”
Despite Evans’ claims, Rudd opened up about the pressure that he felt. “There’s pressure at every single movie you’re making in the Marvel world. You don’t want to be the weak link.”
It probably helped that most people didn’t know anything about Ant-Man, although that also usually meant that they’d laugh when Rudd gave a description of the superhero.
“A character like Ant-Man, yeah, very few people knew. They’d say, ‘Well, what does Ant-Man do?’ And I’d say, ‘He can shrink to the size of an ant, but he also retains strength, and he can control ants and talk to ants.’ And people would just laugh.”
While Endgame looks destined to mark Evans’ final ever appearance as Captain America, Rudd says that it’s still “the idea” for him to appear in Ant-Man 3, which will mark his fifth appearance as the character, and is likely to be released in 2022.