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Avengers: Endgame Directors Reveal Which X-Man Chris Evans Should Play

Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo explain why Chris Evans would be their top choice to play one of Marvel’s most iconic mutant heroes.

Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo recently revealed which member of the X-Men they’d like to see Chris Evans play.

The filmmaking siblings said they’d be down with the former Captain America slipping into Wolverine’s yellow spandex, in an episode of’s Phase Zero podcast. “Evans has incredible range and great physicality, and he’s real good at body control,” Joe Russo said. “He’s an incredible actor. I don’t mean this in a bad way, but he’s nothing like Captain America. Steve Rogers is very controlled and quiet, understated. Chris is energetic and funny and charismatic, and he brings a lot of energy to set. I’d love to see him do something like Wolverine.” Anthony Russo agreed with his brother, describing the idea of casting Evans as the X-Men’s resident berserker as “a good call.”

Related: Chris Evans Reveals Which MCU Costar He Learned the Most From

While Evans has the Russo brothers’ endorsement, it’s unlikely the star is at the top of Marvel Studios’ list of candidates to portray Logan/James Howlett in the Marvel Cinematic Universe X-Men reboot. For his part, Evans doesn’t seem eager to return to the MCU any time soon, either, downplaying suggestions he should reprise the Captain America role again. “It just would be scary to, you know, rattle something that is, again, so, so dear to me. You know, that role means so much to me. So to revisit it, it would be a tall order,” he said.

Evans was slightly more positive about the prospect of suiting up as The Human Torch once more, a part he’s not played since 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The actor said it would be “great” to portray Johnny Storm and his fiery alter-ego again, while also admitting that nobody at Marvel Studios has ever discussed the possibility of this happening. “No one’s ever come to me about that,” Evans said. “I mean, I don’t exactly look the same anymore. That was 15, almost 20 years ago… But I really love that character.”

Related: Chris Evans Has a Surprising Suggestion for Who Could Play Him in a Biopic

Evans’ latest movie, Lightyear, involves him taking on yet another iconic role: the superhero movie incarnation of Buzz Lightyear that inspired the toy version made famous by the Toy Story films. Director Angus MacLane recently explained why Evans was cast in the role, instead of Buzz’s original voice actor Tim Allen. “Tim is hilarious, but this character wouldn’t work as well with him doing the Space Ranger voice. It would not be as emotional. It just changes the tone of the movie. We were going for more of a classic sci-fi film,” MacLane said.

Lightyear is in theaters now.


Leon is an Associate News Writer at CBR. He reports on the latest developments in film and TV, covering everything from popcorn cinema to prestige mini-series. His previous freelance writing credits include articles on film, TV, comics, and video games for Screen Rant, Polygon, The Things, Cultured Vultures, and Taste of Cinema. Originally from Australia, Leon is currently based in the UK.

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