Evans warned that even her smile is dangerous in Netflix’s spy hug. Yeah, like we need him to tell us that.
Chris Evans may have put away Captain America’s shield, but his ties to the MCU still stand.
The ‘Avengers’ star couldn’t help but compare upcoming Netflix spy thriller ‘The Gray Man’ to other Joe and Anthony Russo productions, namely the MCU installments. Except this time, instead of playing an iconic Marvel hero, Evans turns into sadistic assassin Lloyd Hansen, who hunts CIA mercenary Courtland Gentry, aka Sierra Six (Gosling), after a security breach.
“It looks like I’ve aggressively hit 180 [degrees] of Steve Rogers,” Evans told Empire. “But it kind of turned out that way.”
Evans teased that his character is a “wreck of a human being” who yearns for “anarchy”. Basically, it’s far from playing Captain America by the rules.
“I love the Russos and will do just about anything they ask me to do,” Evans added. “And he’s a character I never got to play. He’s so liberated and free and honest. What I love about him is that you should almost fear his smile more than his scowl.
The ‘Knives Out’ alum added, “I think he understands what he’s doing is wrong and harmful, but I think he considers himself necessary. He thinks he’s a troublemaker.
The Russo Brothers also cited their former Evans-led superhero film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as a key inspiration for directing “The Gray Man,” written by “Avengers” screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
“We wanted to use ‘The Winter Soldier’ as a springboard into something else action-oriented,” Joe Russo explained to Empire of the Assassin’s adaptation of Mark Greaney’s novel of the same name.
However, “The Gray Man” was a “relentless” production compared to a Marvel movie.
“That movie almost killed us,” Russo continued. “There’s, like, nine action sequences, and it’s so relentless in that regard. It was relentless to do.
And also like the MCU, Russo has a “Gray Man” cinematic universe in his sights.
“We never want to jinx it,” Russo said. “But we are already thinking about what to do next. We like to build worlds, and we prefer to bet on the positive side and put the energy and the time to build this universe before the release, so that the ideas are more relevant and organic. This is how you build a more complex mosaic narrative.
He summed up, “The goal is to do ‘Gray Man 2.’ Our appetite is voracious and the intention is always to do more than we can.