Human puppy Chris Evans is opening up about his relationship with Marvel in a delightfully self-deprecating interview. Evans has of course starred as Captain America in four films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with at least three more to go before his contact runs out with Avengers: Infinity War—Part 2 in 2019. And although it’s pretty common for actors in Evans’ situation to make a big show about wanting to leave a franchise as a tactic to get more money from the studio, Evans apparently never studied that element of negotiating. Because in a new interview with Collider, he immediately explains, “Listen, if Marvel wants me they got me.”
Evans is currently promoting his directorial debut Before We Go, but he’s all too thrilled to talk about his love for Marvel:
I’ve never had such a relationship where you have such—I mean look at my resume, I’m used to being on set being like, ‘Ah is this movie gonna be terrible?’ Marvel just can’t stop making great movies, they do it in their sleep. It’s wonderful directors and producers and actors and scripts, and it’s like a playground as an actor.
He’s particularly animated as he beats himself up for once considering passing on Cap:
It’s so mind-boggling that I was so tentative in the beginning to jump onboard. What an asshole I would be if I hadn’t done this. I mean can you imagine? Kicking myself—I’d never forgive myself!
It’s worth watching the whole video, as Evans seems genuinely excited about the topic and not just hitting his talking points. When the interviewer reminds Evans that he was nervous before signing on to Captain America: The First Avenger, the actor immediately calls himself a “dipshit” and rolls his eyes at his own stupidity.