By now, it is a pretty safe bet that movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are going to be received well by most critics and fans. Ten years ago, however, that was not always the case right as Marvel Studios started laying the groundwork for its shared universe of movies. Some have been much less popular while no pictures ended up as box office bombs. Chatting about the finale to Defending Jacob, longtime MCU mainstay Chris Evans talked to the risks of celebrities having expectations of the property they’re working on before the last product being complete.
“The concept of expectations is a small bit of a fallacy and a little bit of a slippery slope,” Evans tells Variety. “I sort of got in those weeds 10 years ago after I signed up to Captain America and a part of the previous ten years was awakening to the fact it is a fallacy and the whole notion of things such as momentum and perception. .you can make those things if you want them, but it’s got nothing to do with the job.”
The actress adds, “I have gotten much better over the years about compartmentalizing and, look…I’d be lying if I said you do not think of how it will be received, but I sure don’t wish to allow the tail wag the dog and cut your fabric on the way you think it will be received. For the most part, on those kinds of things, though that was very little spent throughout the shoot itself. At a panicked retrospect, you say’Oh my God, did I do enough? Are they going to despise this?’ But while you are filming together with of the combined factors I mentioned before, going to place every day was a lovely, lovely place to do what we do.”
Evans has appeared as Steve Rogers/Captain America in almost a dozen distinct properties from Marvel Studios and fortunately, all of the films he’s been in have been well-received. Before this month, the actor said the decision to take the use of Rogers was the best one he’s ever produced.
“And it just kind of clicked and it did start to create sense to me that way, so that I said’Yeah,'” Evans said. “I feel that’s why the whole first picture, my hair was on fire, you’re so scared just like’Oh my god, I can’t believe I am doing this and don’t backfire, please don’t blow up in my head. And not only did it not, but it was the best decision I have ever made, and I truly owe to Kevin Feige for being consistent and helping me avoid making a giant mistake…To be honest, all of the things I was fearing never really came to fruition.”
Evans can be understood at Avengers: Endgame, now streaming on Disney+.