Marvel will release it’s newest comic book adaptation, Captain America: The First Avenger. While Marvel is used to the hype, publicity and overall discussions regarding their comic-based-films, it’s star Chris Evans may not. His portrayal of Steve Rogers/Captain America is no doubt a role of a lifetime. A gig many actors vied for. In fact, Evans knew the pressure of playing the iconic hero, which is why he was initially hesitant about jumping on board by turning down the role three time. While Evans may not be all that accustomed to the exposure that he and Cap are receiving, he certainly is used to the world of comic books. Chris Evans practically made a career of starring in comic book movie based films. That’s why we’ve dubbed him Mr. Comic Book.
The Avengers (2012)
Obviously Evans is on board for the biggest, and most ambitious, comic book movie adaptation ever in next year’s Avengers where he’ll play Steve Rogers/Captain America once again.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Marvel has featured Captain America into four previous live-action adaptations since 1944, but unlike the campy 1990 flick, this film is likely going to be the one fans remember the most. Evans could also possibly become a household name after playing Cap. So far, Evans will most likely by wielding Cap’s shield for two sequels.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
From 2004 to 2010 independent comic book publisher Oni released six volumes of Scott Pilgrim, which follows a Toronto slacker who must defeat his love interest’s seven evil exes to date her. Evans played the part of Lucas Lee, the second evil ex, in the 2010 film adaptation.
The Losers (2010)
Evans played the role of Jensen, a member of a Special Forces team, that is double-crossed while on a mission in The Losers. DC originally had a series of the same name in the 70’s that followed a group of soldiers during World War II. In 2004, The Losers returned to the world of comics through DC’s Vertigo imprint. The new series was set in the present and was the basis for the film adaptation.
The premise for this sci-fi flick revolves around a number of American ex-pats hiding from an American government agency that’s looking to exploit their telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities. The film received a comic book miniseries prequel through WildStorm, an imprint of DC Comics, as well.
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Evans returned as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the sequel to the 2005 film adaptation. Unfortunately, not even the appearance of the Silver Surfer could save this flick and a reboot will most likely occur.
Many of us remember Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as an awesome Saturday Morning Cartoon in the late 80’s and early 90’s. However, the Turtles began as a comic book for Mirage Comics in 1984. In 2007, our favorite pizza eating heroes were made into a CGI film. Evans lent his voice as hockey mask vigilante Casey Jones for the flick.
Fantastic Four (2005)
Evans was a relative newcomer when he snagged the role of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in Fantastic Four. The Marvel Comic had been around since 1961, but it wasn’t until 2005, that it received a film adaptation. While the film didn’t exactly win over fans and critics it was still better than the 1994 film, which was only made to maintain the films rights, but still, that thing was horrible.