I’ll admit it. Captain America was not among my favorite Marvel heroes. The first film was OK, but it didn’t get me on the Captain America fan craze yet. Then I saw The Avengers and I was like…OK…he’s cool. Now after seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, well, it’s a tie between him and Iron Man. It’s crazy to think, that once upon a time, Chris Evans almost wasn’t Captain America.
Evans was asked about his initial ambivalence in signing on for the role and reflected how huge of a mistake it would have been to turn it down. He said, “Had I not done the movies, it would have been the biggest mistake of my life. It really would have been the biggest regret to date,” Evans continued, “and there are plenty. It’s changed everything for me. Not just what it’s enabled me to do outside of these movies, but it’s so comforting knowing you’re making good movies. It would be a nightmare to be trapped in these contracts when you’re making movies you’re not proud of. But Marvel has the Midas touch, so you know every time you suit up, you’re making some of quality. It’s rewarding on every level, so thank God I had the right people in my life pushing me to make the right decision.”
While we do expect for the main character to evolve throughout the span on each film, what I really enjoyed was getting to know Natasha, The Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), a little deeper in this installment of the franchise. Particularly, at least for me, I love how Natasha is a bit of a hero that little girls can look up to and say… girls can be heroes too. “I think Natasha is a bit of a reluctant superhero,” said Johansson, “she doesn’t necessarily have this really kind of strong golden moral compass. Let’s not forget, she started out her career as essentially a mercenary, but […] She’s extremely smart. She thinks on her feet. She’s a leader and she is – I think has a lot of foresight. Those are all qualities that I think it’s wonderful to celebrate for young women and, of course, it’s really rad for me to have my friends’ kids kind of look up to that character and dress up like her at Halloween and play with the boys and be rough. I always say, “The widow always wins.” And it’s true. And that’s a nice sentiment.”
I think she’s being a little modest. Honestly, if my girl decided the Widow was her hero, I would be all for it. Hell, she’s MY hero! I think that was probably the best part about Captain America, was the strong female character in Natasha.
…however, let’s not discount the incredible Nick Fury. Now, I know Marvel basics, so I was not aware of how many layers Fury has and seeing Jackson’s character evolve makes this film even more awesome. At the junket, Jackson expressed how he was a fan of the comics when he was a kid and what it felt like going back to the role once more.
“It’s always a great, great joy that I’m going to be back in a space with all the people I enjoy working with,” said Jackson, “and being able to do the things that I did on a very small scale when I was a kid. It’s a dream come true. You sit there and read comic books when you’re a kid and you wonder if there’s a world like that, you grow up as an actor and they start making movies like that and you wonder, “How can I get in that movie?”, and the next thing you know you’re inside it going, “yeah!” So, it’s all a plus there.”
Captain America opens in theaters April 4 and is rated PG-13.