While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a lot of superheroes, till Phase III, it was Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey. Jr) who were always in the spotlight. It was their feud that drove the third Captain America film, Captain America: Civil War and their reunion that became the major “Aw” moment in Avengers: Endgame. Despite their differences and being poles apart from one another, it was their partnership that brought an end to Thanos’ mad plans. So, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that if given the chance Chris Evans would prefer to trade places with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
In a recently held interview on the ACE Entertainment YouTube channel, Chris Evans along with his brother, Scott Evans, was interviewed by host Angélique Roché. During the chat, the actor was asked if he had the chance to switch roles with another MCU Avenger, who would that be, and his swift answer was Iron Man, a role that was headlined perfectly by Robert Downey Jr. across 11 films. But just like the MCU fans, even Chris Evans knows that no one would have played the part of “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” Tony Stark the way Robert Downey Jr. did. Just like Evans, he was a perfect choice.
“You know, I’ll say… I mean, I’ll say [Robert] Downey [Jr.], Iron Man … The paychecks would be nice, but just the role is so fun. The role is, you know, he’s the engine, he’s the life. But I suppose that’s kind of signing up for failure. I don’t think there’s anything anyone on this planet could do that would somehow improve upon what Downey’s done, you know what I mean? I don’t consider that a role that’s gonna be like a James Bond or a Superman or Batman, that somehow other people get a bite at the apple. He’s Iron Man, the end,” Chris Evans shared.
Robert Downey Jr. is indeed “the Iron Man,” something that his MCU legacy needs no words for. The actor brought a unique style to the character, embodying Stark’s personality as his own, and played the part with a finesse which played a major role in reviving the Marvel films. It’s the success of his Iron Man back in 2008 that set the MCU in motion, spawning countless films, and a widespread fanbase.
Similarly, Chris Evans as Captain America became an instant favourite the second MCU fans were introduced to him in Captain America: First Avenger. Contrary to Stark’s quirky and reckless Iron Man, Captain America was a reserved and resilient hero. While Cap’s story was that of sacrifice and giving up his dreams for saving the world, Stark has been portrayed as more of a brave yet self-serving hero. But both characters’ stories ended on a note widely different from their prior trajectory in the MCU. While Steve finally took the decision to think for himself and stayed back in the past to live with Peggy, Tony Stark sacrificed himself to save the world.