Before he was Captain America, Chris Evans had already enjoyed a long career in Hollywood. I knew of maybe a handful of his roles when Avengers: Endgame hit theaters, so I was genuinely shocked to see a list of all his credits. In addition to movies and television, he voiced several video game characters and did a couple of stage productions, too!
Because I’m a dedicated pop culture fan, I watched all of his films and TV shows just to see if his performances were as outstanding as his Captain America.
Lucas Lee in ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’
This was the second time I ever laid eyes on Chris Evans, and I have to say, I will never forget those eyebrows. While it’s nowhere near Captain America-level acting, Chris was perfect for this movie.
In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Lucas Lee was one of Ramona Flowers’s seven evil exes. He was a skateboarder and actor in the film, though I don’t remember seeing him skateboard. And yet, he still wasn’t my favorite of the evil exes (that spot remains taken by Brie Larson’s character).
Jake Wyler in ‘Not Another Teen Movie’
This parody movie was full of stereotypes and storylines from teen movies of the 1980s and 1990s. Chris Evans’s character, Jake, was the popular jock who fell for the nerdy girl who was pretty under the glasses.
Somehow Chris made himself undesirable with this movie; he honestly just acted like a frat guy. That said, his acting perfectly matched the tone and context of the film. I actually would’ve loved to see him in a 90s teen rom-com where he played the sweet love interest instead.
Kyle in ‘The Perfect Score’
In The Perfect Score, six high schoolers team up to steal SAT answers to get the perfect score and secure their futures. What ends up happening isn’t quite as interesting as you’d expect, and the “heist” parts of the film fell flat for me. I’d rather relive the Ivy League and Aunt Becky drama a second time.
I might not have liked the movie, but Chris Evans’s Kyle was pretty good. He did well enough that it was as believable as Catch That Kid from the same year. What was with teens breaking into restricted places during the early 2000s?
Nick Vaughan in ‘Before We Go’
Not to be confused with the heartbreaking Before You Go, Chris Evans’s performance in Before We Go was so believable. I love coming across GIFs of him in this movie on Pinterest. He did so amazingly well in this role, and the chemistry between the two leads was so cute.
What happens when two people are stuck with no money, dead cellphones, and places to be in the middle of New York City at night? Before We Go is what happens. We see the start of some sort of relationship with an ending open for interpretation.
Nick Gant in ‘Push’
I might not love this movie, but I would rewatch it for Chris Evans. He did great with what he was given–and judging by the overall quality of the film, it probably wasn’t much. If it weren’t for his acting range, I doubt I’d have even made it through Push.
In Push, Chris plays Nick Gant, a man with psychic powers being hunted because of his abilities. He teams up with two others with psychic abilities to take down those pursuing them.
Curtis Everett in ‘Snowpiercer’
I don’t remember much about this, to be honest. I don’t think I paid close enough attention to recall the plot directly after watching it. The only main parts are when Chris’s Curtis teams up with another character to protect two others. That’s literally it.
So while I didn’t love the film, I do think Chris successfully played on the audience’s heartstrings. And it was nice to see him in non-comic-inspired action sequences.
Mike Weiss in ‘Puncture’
There’s just something about seeing Chris Evans in a suit doing questionable things that just hits different. Mike was nearly the exact opposite of Steve Rogers, so watching this performance over a decade after it premiered was weird. But he did terrific nonetheless.
In Puncture, two attorneys (one a drug addict and one a family man) take on a tough case and uncover a healthcare conspiracy while dealing with their own issues. Chris plays the drug addict attorney who struggles with withdrawal during the massive case.
Lloyd Hansen in ‘The Gray Man’
I went into this movie completely blind; I only watched it for Chris Evans and Ana de Armas. I was shocked by Chris Evans portraying a psychopath so well!
I’ll try to keep this spoiler-free: Chris Evans plays a psychopathic former CIA agent hunting down Ryan Gosling’s black-ops character. Evans is the primary antagonist of the film. I hope this is a new era for Chris–he’s killing it with these darker roles.
Andy Barber in ‘Defending Jacob’
This show had me so messed up after watching it. Chris Evans really sold his performance. If I didn’t know better, I could’ve sworn he was an overprotective father in real life. That’s how convincing he was in this role.
This Apple TV miniseries follows Chris Evans’s character dealing with the fallout after his son is accused of murder. The show was chilling and had me on the edge of my seat. And the book it’s based on is just as chilling, if not more.
Frank Adler in ‘Gifted’
This movie had me in tears so many times, and part of that was because of Chris Evans’s performance as Frank. I’d seen Chris play vulnerable and heartbroken before, but he took things to a whole new level in Gifted.
The plot of Gifted revolves around Evans’s character’s niece, played by Mckenna Grace. She’s a mathematical genius, but Frank just wants her to have a normal childhood instead of being forced into “special” schools like her mother. Just thinking about this movie makes me tear up a little!
Buzz Lightyear in ‘Lightyear’
When they announced a Buzz Lightyear prequel movie, I automatically assumed Tim Allen would voice the character. When I found out that Chris Evans was taking over the role, I was shocked and excited. While the movie was cute, I was mostly watching for Evans’s performance.
We finally got to see what made Buzz Lightyear such a sought-after toy in the first Toy Story movie. Following the inspiration for the toy, we see Buzz head off on a mission, only to return to a world completely different than what he remembered.
Ransom in ‘Knives Out’
Captain America will always have a place in my heart, but he plays the bad guy so well! I couldn’t help rooting for him a little bit. Chris Evans really can pull off playing the hero and villain.
I’ve talked about this film many times, but I’m perfectly fine doing it again. Knives Out follows the Thrombey family, detective Benoit Blanc, and nurse Marta find out what happened to Harlan Thrombey and why. It recently got more attention when Chris Evans’s monologue at the end trended on TikTok.
Human Torch in ‘Fantastic Four’ Films
His first superhero role as Johnny Storm is also one of Chris Evans’ best. He really showed he could pull off heroics while still being the comedic one of the group. Yeah, this movie wasn’t great, but Chris proved that he was a bona fide movie star with this performance.
Instead of talking about the movie’s plot, I’d rather talk about why Chris Evans’s Human Torch is one of my favorites. In his interviews, Chris already has the Human Torch charm, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch.
When Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was about to come out, fans were listing their hopes for superhero cameos in other movies. Among those was Chris Evans’s Human Torch – and I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get that. But at least we got Professor X back for a few minutes.
Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
I don’t think there will ever be another role as iconic for Chris Evans as Captain America. He was Steve Rogers for almost eight years before moving on. Throughout multiple movies, we saw the character change and grow.
Out of every movie he appeared in as Captain America, my favorite will always be Infinity War. Unlike his finale in Endgame, his story in this movie alone felt like the cumulation of everything that happened in the movies prior. And let’s not forget that beard!