While Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" marks the third time Chris Evans will don the red, white and blue uniform, it will also serve as directors Joe and Anthony Russo's first venture into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to Evans, the brothers bring with them a unique take on the super hero genre, imbuing their story with elements of a political thriller and a fighting style unlike anything seen in a Marvel movie thus far. In early meetings with the Russos, Evans referenced "Captain America: Super Soldier," the video game inspired by "Captain America: The First Avenger," as a touchstone for what he'd like to see Cap do in the new film.
"We've had a little bit of fun kind of turning up his power, turning up his speed, and so the fights are a lot more grisly and impactful." - Chris Evans on Cap's fighting style
"I love the way Cap moves [in that game]," exclaims the actor. "He just beats ass. That's how this guy needs to be moving. This isn't just a guy who was given the ability of speed and power. He's been training. He's got the frame of mind to absorb this information, so you can only assume with training and his ability, the guy should really be dangerous. We show that. If Jason Bourne can do it, Cap should be flying through these things. We've had a little bit of fun kind of turning up his power, turning up his speed, and so the fights are a lot more grisly and impactful and, in my opinion, cooler. He's flipping off things and spinning off things and using his environment. It's not just punch, punch, kick, kick. That's fine, but this has to be more than 'The Bourne Supremacy.'"
That also meant the training Evans underwent to prepare for the role became more intensive than in the past, but the actor didn't have very much trouble adapting.
Georges St-Pierre and Chris Evans on set
The actors film a battle between Batroc and Cap in Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier
"It was a bit of a challenge but it was fun," Evans admits. "I was excited. They put me in gymnastics classes, [and] we were doing combat stuff every day for a few months. It's a lot fun because when you get the dance down--and [that's what] it is, a dance, it's choreography--when you get the dance down you can start working on the acting. You know what I mean? You can't telegraph a block or a punch, you have to show if you've been hurt. When it's sharp, when it's neat, it just feels so good. It feels like dancing and it just looks so good.
"We have such good stunt coordinators and choreographers. The Russos really have a handle on how they want to shoot this. Sometimes you watch the stunt guys do a little playback in the stunt warehouse and it looks okay. And then the Russos get in there with these great angles and a lot of great camera movement, and some of the films they even referenced in those first meetings of how they wanted to the fight sequences to look were spot on. The footage that I've seen is awesome."
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The brothers on set while filming a scene of Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier