Not to get too repetitive here, but Captain America is another character that could have gone off the rails for the very simple reason that on the surface he seems kind of dated and corny. Not the case at all with Chris Evans in the lead role, joined by Haley Atwell as agent Peggy Carter, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, and Hugo Weaving as the villainous Red Skull. The setting is World War II, and Steve Rogers is a scrawny guy who agrees to undergo experimentation that turns him into the ultimate soldier. Old fashioned? Maybe. But damn if it all doesn't work, and Cap's origin is nicely handled in the sense that at the end of the film he ends up frozen while saving the world, only to be thawed out in the present.
Evans admits that he underwent some therapy sessions prior to signing the multi-film contract that would see him playing Captain America over a number of films. He explains, "I was very apprehensive about taking the movie, I was nervous about the lifestyle change, about the commitment. You know, it’s six movies, that can last 10 years. I love making movies, but I’m not dead set on being a gigantic movie star. I like to have the option to walk away if I want. With a six picture deal, you can’t walk away. I also like having anonymity, I’ve managed to work and kind of stay under the radar. You know, I’m not on top of everyone’s list and I can’t make any movie I want. I can make some and I make a decent living, but I can still go to a ballgame or Disney world. Losing that and having to change my lifestyle was just terrifying. I said no the first few times, because I was scared to do it. The more I spoke to people about it, though, the more they said that I can’t make a decision based on fear. When I finally agreed to do it, I needed to fix my brain and find out why I was so scared, so I went to therapy. It’s not like there were giant breakthroughs in the therapy either, it was just nice talking."