America has its very own superhero, as Chris Evans is officially the star of "The First Avenger: Captain America."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Evans has accepted an offer from Marvel Studios to star as Steve Rogers in "Captain America" and nine other Marvel features, including potential sequels, "The Avengers" and other unannounced projects. Evans' casting rounds out Marvel's so-called holy trinity of heroes, with Robert Downey Jr. long filling the metallic armor of Tony Stark in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man" films and Chris Hemsworth currently shooting the title role in Kenneth Branagh's "Thor."
Last week, news broke that Marvel had offered Evans the role of Steve Rogers, a scrawny hero that takes a super-soldier serum and consequently becomes the iconic Captain America. Evans considered the deal over the weekend but quickly moved into the negotiations phase, a process THR described as moving so swiftly that "it's now all about dotting the i's and crossing the t's."
Evans had a few obstacles to overcome before deciding whether to wield the star-spangled shield. For one, the actor is scheduled to appear opposite Anna Faris in "What's Your Number?," a romantic comedy slated to shoot around the same time as "Captain America." Additionally, Evans has already played a Marvel superhero before: the Human Torch in Fox's "Fantastic Four" franchise.
By securing "Captain America," Evans has officially put his name to four comic book properties. In addition to "Fantastic Four," the actor has filmed roles in the forthcoming adaptations of "The Losers" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."
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