Chris Evans spent nearly 10 years playing Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, the actor hung up the shield and said goodbye to the franchise. But Captain America wasn’t the only comic book character Evans played.
Fans might remember he was the Human Torch in the beginning The Fantastic Four movies, but he’s been in a surprisingly high number of comic book movies, even when you take out the MCU. As many on Letterboxd will tell you, these aren’t all triumphs.
7 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) – 2.2
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer sees the titular Silver Surfer come to Earth to prepare it for Galactus’ arrival. The Fantastic Four try to stop him but the Johnny gets some of his cosmic abilities which allow him to swap powers with one of the other team members. Before they can stop Galactus, they must stop Doom.
Letterboxd fans, like most, don’t really care about this one and its predecessor. Some think it’s an improvement over the first, but Galactus’ interpretation hurts him even then. Chris Evans, and indeed the rest of the cast, deliver strong performances as Marvel’s First Family and have really settled into the roles.
6 Fantastic Four (2005) – 2.3
The first big-screen adaptation of Marvel’s First Family is an origin story about Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm and how they got their powers. The film is about Ben’s struggle as a rock monster and ultimately how each character becomes a hero. Victor Von Doom, having also gained powers tries to kill them once and for all.
Before Kevin Feige worked on the MCU, Fantastic Four was one of the Marvel movies he worked on, it’s not considered a horrible attempt at the Fantastic Four, but The Fantastic Four has a lot of shortcomings. As previously stated, the movie is well cast and Chris Evans was a perfect Johnny Storm. Unfortunately, it suffers from the same issues as a lot of pre-MCU Marvel films by not taking the characters seriously.
5 TMNT (2007) – 2.7
The 2007 CG animated film TMNT picks up long after the Turtles have defeated their nemesis Shredder. Since his defeat, the Turtles have separated and are now living new lives. April and Casey, their old friends, reunite with them when evil demons start appearing in New York and they must unite again to defeat them or the world will be overrun.
The previous TMNT movies are considered classics but this one tends to get forgotten. However, there are still plenty of fans to be found with. The voice cast is something people praise in almost every review, it’s stacked with star power, not the least of which is Chris Evans as Casey Jones.
4 Push (2009) – 2.7
To push isn’t a comic book movie, however, most people think of it as one thanks to a prequel comic that was released by Wildstorm the same year. To push is about a man named Nick Grant who is a “mover”. He and others have various superhuman abilities that make them targets for a secret government organization called Division.
Most of the reviews on Letterboxd point out how derivative this movie is. Looks like a superhero movie by David Goyer Jumper, released a year earlier. It sounds like other indie superhero concepts taking place around the same time. Chris Evans is charming enough to carry the film, and he does a good job selling the action and the drama.
3 The Losers (2008) – 2.8
Losers stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana and Idris Elba before they were big stars. The Losers team have been betrayed and now seek to eliminate whoever betrayed them before he can send the world into a high-tech global war.
The cast is stacked but Chris Evans gets to really shine in this one. Letterboxd users fell in love with his messy performance as Jake. There’s some good action and humor and it’s a fairly faithful adaptation. The only thing holding it back is that it’s a pretty paint-by-numbers action-comedy, even by the standards of the time.
2 Snowdrops (2013) – 3.7
When the world’s response to global warming turned against them, the only salvation was to board a massive train. It’s the world of snowdropsBong Joon-Ho’s adaptation of a group of people stuck in the back of a train who rebel against the wealthy up front.
snowdrops is based on a 1982 graphic novel series by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette and stars Chris Evans as the leader of the revolution. The film was slammed by critics and audiences at the time and Evans received widespread praise for his performances as Curtis Everett.
1 Scott Pilgrim Against the World (2010) – 3.9
Scott Pilgrim vs the world follows the journey of Scott Pilgrim, a young man who lives in Canada and falls in love with Romona Flowers. Unfortunately for him, if he has a chance to date Romona, he has to face his seven evil exes. These exes, including a movie star named Lucas Lee, teamed up to make sure Romona gets back to Gideon Graves.
This film is filled with stylish action and outstanding performances. These days, Scott isn’t quite the hero the movie wants him to be, which is one of the many unpopular opinions Reddit has about the movie. But the members of the League of Evil Exes are all fun, and Edgar Wright infuses the film with a colorful comic-influenced style. Before Evans impressed as Captain America, he impressed everyone as ex-movie star Lucas Lee.
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