That said, Evans is still looking to expand his talent line as he moves beyond the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He had a strong initial exit with the coup Knives outand Evans wants this chain to continue.
Evans joined Marvel thanks to his mother and Iron Man
Now, it’s a fairly well-known story that Evans reluctantly joined Marvel. He had already played the human torch in both The Fantastic Four Fox movies made in the aughts. Fans and critics have said that Evans’ work stood out in the midst of a lot of mediocrity, but Evans wasn’t sure he wanted to be tied to a multi-year, multi-film engagement.
SyFy Wire quoted an interview given by Evans in 2014 “The problem was initially, it was a contract for nine films,” said Evans. “And they said, if these films take off and are doing very well, and my life changes and I don’t react well, I can’t say, listen, I need a damn break . “It just scared me. “
Then, Marvel loosened the grip a bit, but Evans still procrastinated. Downey, whose career was revived thanks in part to Marvel, said, I said, “Look man, you may not like the fact that you’ve played one of these guys before (in ‘ Fantastic Four ‘), but you know, it’s that it can give you all kinds of other freedoms. “I also thought he was the perfect guy for the job. “
It was more or less the same logic that Evans’s family had given him, according to a more recent interview that Evans had given to Esquire.
What has Chris Evans already achieved?
At the time of the 2014 interview, the movie Evans crossed out was called 1h30 Train, but at the time it was published, it was called Before leaving. It starred Evans and Alice Eve as two strangers who engage in romance when they find themselves stranded in Manhattan for an evening.
The film was rather badly received, with a score of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Critical Consensus said, “Chris Evans’ directorial beginnings are modest, with a worn-out story and minimalist style leaving his performances and those of Alice Eve adrift in New York with nowhere to go.”
Even though his first film as director was disappointing, Evans was grateful for the opportunity. “Without these (Marvel) movies, I wouldn’t be directing,” he said. “They gave me enough recognition abroad to give the green light to a film.” So even if Before leaving was not well received, the experience still proved Downey and Evans’s mother right.
What else on Chris Evans’ to-do list?
More recently, Evans capitalized on his Knives out momentum, featured in the Apple TV + series Defend Jacob, about a DA assistant who is in conflict when his own son is accused of heinous murder. He has an OK score on Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus being: “Despite the remarkable work of Michelle Dockery and Chris Evans, Defend Jacob stretches its source material too thin, undermining its own rich tension with too much melodramatic padding. “
However well Defend Jacob always goes, Evans always gets credit for making interesting choices. He told Esquire about this experience.
“I felt like I had a regular job for nine to five years,” he says. “I would sleep in my own bed; I would see my family on weekends. Often you have a bit of a nomadic lifestyle as an actor. You live without suitcases and in cities you don’t know. To do Jacob made me feel like I was at home but still doing what I love. It was incredibly comforting. “