Chris Evans Explains How Leaving Captain America Role Has Changed Him

Chris Evans opens up about leaving his Marvel Cinematic Universe role as Captain America behind and how it has changed him physically. The American actor made his debut as the skinny kid from Brooklyn, Steve Rogers, in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, which chronicled the character's transformation into the titular super-soldier via an experimental serum. Evans returned to his career-defining role for two sequels, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, along with appearing in all four Avengers movies.

Evans' most recent MCU appearance came in Avengers: Endgame which, during its final moments, saw Old Steve Rogers pass his vibranium shield onto Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), effectively passing the baton onto the Captain America of the future. The subsequent Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, finds Sam struggling with the idea of taking on the mantle of Captain America before he eventually embraces it and takes up the shield by the end of the series. Meanwhile, there has been rampant speculation and rumors about Evans' return as Captain America in the MCU, although many signs point to him having hung up his shield for good.


Related: How Chris Evans Became Skinny Steve In Captain America: The First Avenger

During a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment (via US Weekly) promoting Disney-Pixar's Lightyear, Evans opened up about how leaving his role as Captain America behind has changed him physically, admitting it's been “a literal weight off” his shoulders. Evans says he's lost 15 pounds, which has caused people to frequently ask him if he's okay when they see him, though Evans ensures them he's fine and simply hasn't been hitting the gym quite as hard. Read what he shared below:

I’ve shed like 15 pounds. Every time people see me they’re like, "Are you OK? You lost a little bit of weight." I haven’t had to hit the gym as hard.

Chris Evans in Avengers Endgame as Captain America

Since joining the MCU as Captain America in 2011, Evans has been incredibly candid about how much hard work goes into maintaining a superhero physique like his. The actor's struggles were compounded when he accepted roles in projects outside the MCU which required him to shed some muscle, only to have to bulk up again for his next portrayal of Captain America. This was the case with the 2017 drama Gifted which Evans filmed right before Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.

Evans is eternally grateful for his time in the MCU and the various opportunities it has presented him. However, there is also a part of him that is relieved he doesn't have to maintain his nearly impossible Captain America physique any longer, which became taxing for him both mentally and physically. Since leaving the MCU behind him, Evans has been able to put his undivided attention into other roles and showcase his range as an actor, such as the sweater-wearing villain Ransom Drysdale in Knives Out. He can be seen playing another baddie opposite Ryan Gosling in The Gray Man releasing July 15 on Netflix.