We are so barraged with superhero movies that sometimes we forget what goes into being a hero. A hero can be a person who dresses up in a costume to fight evildoers or he could just be someone who stands up for what he believes. Chris Evans has the rare dignity to be counted a hero in both senses of the word.

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We know the MCU’s Captain America for his patriotic morality, his sense of honor and duty, and his amazing superhuman abilities. The Boston born and raised Chris Evans is quite different than Steve Rogers in sense of humor and disposition. However, Evans and Cap share a desire to do the right thing no matter the cost. This, among many other reasons, is why I believe Chris Evans is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Best Chris.

As Captain America

Becoming The Sentinel of Liberty

It was never a sure thing that Chris Evans would be Captain America. In 2010, when director Joe Johnston was casting CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011), he always had his eye on Evans. However, the 29-year-old actor was burnt out from a string of unsuccessful comic book adaptations at this point. As a result, Evans supposedly declined the part of Steve Rogers three times before agreeing to a six-picture deal with Marvel.

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Chris Evans in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

The idea of screwing up such an important character made Evans incredibly nervous. However, if the movie was successful, he also knew that he would lose any of his anonymity. He has stated

“At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movies bombs, I’m f—ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—ed!’ I was just scared. I realized my whole decision-making process was fear-based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear.”

Reflecting on his eventual choice he said:

“I can’t believe I was almost too chicken to play Captain America.”

Who can blame Evans for being terrified of taking on one of the most iconic superheroes of all time? None of us can be as confident as Robert Downey Jr. Speaking of Downey, it was he who largely convinced Evans to take the role. Downey jokes “without me there wouldn’t be a Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

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Reflecting on his choice to join the Marvel movies, Evans has stated that “maybe the thing you’re most scared of is exactly the thing you should do.” Sage advice worthy of Steve Rogers.

The Leader of The Avengers

Captain America isn’t just my favorite character played by a Chris, he is my favorite character in the MCU. See, Captain America is a hero who could come off as propaganda or cheesy or schlocky. However, Steve Rogers never comes off that way and that is because of Chris Evans.

There is this extreme genuineness that makes you believe in his ideals. When he speaks about “taking a stand” or “his duty to his country” you are so enthralled in Evan’s performance that he destroys the cynic in all of us.

Chris also doesn’t play Captain America as a dumb jock. There’s an extreme wisdom to Steve which makes him such a good leader. He can inspire his fellow soldiers and make the tough calls no one else can make. I want to leap into the air every time I hear Evans flawlessly perform his rousing speech at the end of THE WINTER SOLDIER (2014). Soon after I tear up as Steve tells Bucky he’s “with [him] to the end of the line.”

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100% the Greatest Scene in the MCU. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Chris Evans also nails the physicality of Captain America. That scene in which Steve undergoes a body transformation after the super serum injections are still one of the most glorious moments in the MCU. It is only slightly topped by the point when Steve pulls down a helicopter from takeoff in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016).

Chris Evans is also a proponent of doing his own stunts. “Any time I can get the gloves on and get in the ring, and they’ll let me, I’ll do it,” Evans says. This really shows, especially with the intense fight choreography in his movies. All of these qualities combine to make Chris Evans an incredibly believable Captain America.

Acting Range

There are some fans of Chris Evans who only know of his time as Captain America. While Evans nails the charming and good-hearted hero, that role does not showcase the range he possesses. Prior to the role of Captain America, Chris Evans played various types of characters — always changing it every few years, avoiding becoming typecast. Chris Evans’ range as an actor is the reason why he deserves to be declared the ultimate Chris! Let us review the roles that showcase this incredible actor’s abilities.

Average Joe

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Chris Evans in Cellular. Courtesy of New Line Cinema

In 2004, Evans starred in the film CELLULAR. In the movie, a kidnapped woman attempts to make a call using a destroyed phone. Fortunately, Chris Evans’ character Ryan picked up her signal with his phone. This results in Ryan becoming entangled in a series of insane situations involving crooked cops and killers. Ryan has no formal fighting training and he literally freaks out at the sight of a gun.

CELLULAR is what would happen if you took a regular guy off the street and threw him into a generic action movie. While CELLULAR may be extremely dated at this point, Evan’s role as Ryan proves that he can be an average guy. Which is impressive considering how he is anything but average as Captain America. A true testament to this actor’s skill.

Natural Leader

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Chris Evans in THE PERFECT SCORE. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

In his other 2004 film, THE PERFECT SCORE, Evans plays Kyle, a high school student terrified of not getting into the school of his choice to pursue his goal of becoming an architect. So, he hatches a plan to steal the answers to the SATs. To accomplish this goal, Kyle forms his own Breakfast Club style group for a heist.

Even though Kyle may not be the smartest or strongest member of his team, (which also includes Scarlett Johansson by the way) he is the most equipped to lead. Kyle knows the strengths of each of his teammates and he trusts their abilities. This is a quality that Evans evokes in Captain America, especially in the two previous AVENGERS films.

However, a quality that Evans does possess that is not shown in his current superhero role is his comedy.

Comedic Timing

Longtime superhero fans will know that Captain America is not the first major Marvel superhero that Chris Evans has played. He appeared in both FANTASTIC FOUR (2005) and FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (2007) as Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch.

In those films, Evans constantly flirted with girls and put his teammates in danger with blatant disregard for the damage his powers cause. But more importantly, he was funny. Johnny Storm is known for using humor to de-escalate situations, and Chris Evans played the role perfectly.

Even if the movies were not the best, Chris Evans is always fantastic in them.

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Another film that showcases Chris Evans comedic talent that many people sleep on is THE LOSERS (2010).  Critics gave the film mixed reviews and compared it to the unpopular film THE A-TEAM, which came out later that year. However, Evans role as Captain Jake Jensen is the film that truly shows just how funny he can really be.

His one-liners and dirty jokes would give Deadpool a run for his money. In fact, Chris Evans could easily take the place of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool – that’s how good his comedy is in THE LOSERS. It’s a shame the Captain America role does not allow Evans to demonstrate his comedic prowess but know that he is capable of being hilarious.

While Chris Evans does play the role of Steve Rogers perfectly, he is more than Captain America. His range as an actor goes unrivaled when compared to other Chris’s. He is the superior Chris and fans should regard him as such!

As A Public Figure

Struggles with Anxiety

I have previously mentioned Evans’ fears of taking on the role of Captain America. Evans has been rather candid about his struggles with anxiety. He recently sat down with the Youtube channel Motivation Madness and spoke about his anxiety and depression.

“I get anxiety about certain things, with press and things like that and all those things are tied into Marvel responsibilities,”

Evans expressed.

Even after his immense success in the Captain America role, Chris has expressed he still struggles with anxiety. Downey Jr has explained how Chris was extremely nervous during the premiere of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. This isn’t a lack of confidence in Chris, but an immense desire to make all of his fans happy.

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When asked what advice he would give to his younger self he explained “It might seem oversimplified, but it’s profound, I’d say, ‘Shhhh.’ It’s been a big thing for me, ‘Shhhh.’ It’s so funny how noisy my brain is. Everyone’s brain is noisy, it makes thoughts. The problem is, in most of our lives, the root of suffering is following that brain noise and listening to that brain noise and actually identifying with it as if it’s who you are. That’s just the noise your brain makes, and more often than not, it probably doesn’t have much to say. (Saying ‘Shhhh,’) it’s gonna help you.”

As someone who struggles with anxiety, I can look to Chris Evans as an aspirational figure. He overcame and continues to overcome his anxiety to be the hero we need him to be. That is truly special.

Political Activism

I understand that many people believe that celebrities shouldn’t express their private opinions on politics. I think it’s important to understand that these celebrities are people just like us who worry about the state of the world. Many believe it is their duty to use their role as a public figure to help the causes they care most about.

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Chris Evans is someone who doesn’t shy away from voicing his opinions. Much like Steve Rogers who argues its essential to stay true to your beliefs, Evans has become a beacon of liberal values on social media. He has frequently lent his voice to causes for Gun Control and LGBTQ rights. He has also often criticized a certain Commander in Chief.

Evans says being raised in an environment alongside people with different experiences than him helped him gain empathy for other groups of people. “It’s important to understand,” he said,

“whether it’s growing up with women, whether it’s growing up with other ethnic groups, it’s important to experience anything different from what you know to encourage and cultivate compassion and understanding.”

A sense of Humor and Graciousness

We all know that Chris Evans is gorgeous. However, even that level of good looks doesn’t mean anything without a stunning personality. Evans has shown that he is such a gracious, humble, and kind person throughout his career. He has shown this through his interviews where he hesitates to take any credit himself but loves to applaud his fellow castmates. He also demonstrated this when he offered to help clean up the set on THE AVENGERS. After huge Avengers fan Damon Billeck died from cancer, Evans wrote the most beautiful note on his twitter.

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Too much bromance. Courtesy of WireImage

However, it’s not just Evans compassion that makes him stand out, it’s his sense of humor. There are so many hilarious videos of Evans at press junkets and in interviews. My favorite videos would have to be any featuring Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth together on the press tour for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015).

It’s hilarious to see two grown, macho sex symbols devolve into pure children while on tour together. The bromance is real and thriving, especially exemplified when Evans did not hesitate at all to claim Hemsworth was the sexiest Avenger.

Chris Evans: The Best Chris

I love Chris Evans because he’s everything I aspire to be. He’s brave, kind-hearted, and funny but also exceptionally true to himself. Despite being a household name and incredibly famous, he hasn’t seemed to have lost his down-to-earth, approachable nature.

Evans is someone who desires to raise people up even if pushes himself out of the spotlight. Like Captain America, he’s always thinking about doing what’s right at the moment. If that’s not a hero, I don’t know what is.  I’m going to miss him as Captain America.

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