Based on reports from around the Internets, including both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, it would appear Marvel Studios has picked the actor who will play Captain America in The First Avenger: Captain America. The actor is, as was rumored over the last few days, Chris Evans.
According to the reports, Evans accepted an offer made by the comic book publisher late last week, beating out a number of other actors, including Channing Tatum and Garrett Hedlund, who were being considered for the high-profile role. Although the deal is still being finalized with contracts being written and, presumably rewritten, it seems a done deal. And quite a deal it is.
Evans will be in at least three Captain America movies, starting with The First Avenger: Captain America. He will also appear in the first The Avengers movie along with Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Edward Norton as the Incredible Hulk. That film is reportedly set for a May 4, 2012 release. Plus, he may also appear in other films based on Marvel characters to tie in with the developing on-screen Marvel universe.
Now that things appear set I have to say I’m not entirely disappointed that Evans will be taking on the role. Of all the people mentioned previously, he seems pretty well suited. It doesn’t even bother me that he already played Johnny Storm in both Fantastic Four films. I think he’s got what it takes to make a good Cap. I hope I’m right.