Having now played Captain America for just under a decade, it’s fair to say that the role has made Evans a Hollywood superstar. Meanwhile, over the course of 11 big-screen appearances, Evans has endeared himself to a generation of moviegoers and become a mainstay of the Marvel movie franchise. The latest instalment, however – Avengers: Endgame – may very well be his final turn as the superhero.
Downey Jr. is also reported to be leaving his role in the MCU. That didn’t diminish his warm feelings for his co-star, though. “At the root of it, [Evans] has true humility,” Downey Jr. told The Hollywood Reporter in March 2019. “I think it’s the reason he was able to come to the front and be our team leader in The Avengers.”
While Downey Jr. is happy to be called the MCU’s progenitor, as its first star, he in fact credits Evans with making The Avengers truly gel. The older star has been very open about how much he enjoyed the experience of making the movies, as well. “I’ve had some of my greatest moments of gratitude when [Evans] was looking at me in my suit, and I was looking at him in his suit, and we’re just like, ‘Jesus, is this still working? How lucky are we?’”