Although not a founding member in comics, Captain America stands head-and-shoulders above his fellow members as the leader of the team -- and in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, he's stepping up as well.
Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in Marvel's various movies, recently spoke with IGN about his role in the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and revealed that he's grown much more comfortable with the role and being a part of the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to the camraderie formed with his fellow actors, and also the experiences of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Evans says that the plot of that movie, with the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., also paved the way for Cap to step up as a leader for the new movie.
"The team doesn't have anyone to report to now. There's no more S.H.I.E.L.D., so we're all kind of depending upon on one another, but that gives him an opportunity to kind of take more of a leadership role," Evans says. "Since there's no one else giving him orders he doesn’t have to question the chain of command or anyone’s motives. But it does mean that he needs to rely on his team a lot more. So it has kind of added a little bit more tension to the actual dynamic of the Avengers."
Evans said up until Captain America: The Winter Soldier, his character hadn't really hit a stride but that movie worked for his character -- something he hopes to hit harder for 2016's Captain America: Civil War.
"You know, the first movie you're terrified. The second one you're just intimidated because there's so many great people, but by Captain America 2 you really start hitting your stride and feeling like you're making some core progress with the character. And you get a little more comfortable speaking up when you have opinions. The Russos [the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier] are so great and I love that movie. It all just kind of worked out in terms of the evolution of my personal connection with character. So at this point, I'm feeling really good. Again, it's hard to give too much individual attention to your own plotline in a movie like this. They still give good hurdles to jump, but it's almost... I'm very excited for Cap 3."
Avengers: Age of Ultron will also see a continued evolution of Captain America's fighting style from when it started in the first Captain America.
"The only thing I kind of talked to [Joss Whedon] about was his ability consistency," says Evans. "You know, with the second Captain America we really pushed the envelope in terms of what this guy is capable of, which I was excited to see. Because, you know, the first Captain America, he's just strong. In Avengers it was still, in my opinion, a little bit 'punch, punch, kick, kick.' It's fine but, you know, you can't just be Jason Bourne."
Speaking of next-level actions, Evans says the newly added Paul Bettany as the Vision has been a welcome addition to the coast.
"Paul... man. We just had our first scene with him. He's so good. He is," the actor says. "You're gonna love him. He's gonna be amazing."