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The Real Reason Why Chris Evans' Favorite Superhero Isn't Captain America

Across seven movies and three uncredited cameos, Chris Evans has embodied the most American Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero out there. Over the course of these films, Steve "Captain America" Rogers went through the mother of all character arcs, going from a skinny WWII-era youth to a world-saving Avenger trying to make it in the modern world to a content, old man who had a chance to live the life he really wanted all along. 

Given that he's spent so many years under the character's skin, it'd easy to believe that Cap is clearly the be-all and end-all of Evans' superhero experience. In reality, it turns out that Captain America is not even the actor's favorite superhero. How is that even possible? After all, Captain America is a Marvel A-lister, to the point at which he actually has the letter on his forehead. How could a guy who has spent so much time playing one of the greatest, most tenacious superheroes out there even pay a passing glance toward other, likely lesser characters? Surely, the actor's not holding a candle for the Human Torch? Let's take a look at the real reason why Chris Evans' favorite superhero isn't Captain America.

Spider-Man was Captain America's childhood favorite

It turns out that the boy from Brooklyn secretly idolizes the one from Queens. In an interview with South China Morning Post, Chris Evans revealed that his personal favorite superhero is none other than the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. "I love Captain America, but Spider-Man was my childhood hero," the actor said. "I would have loved doing scenes like attaching myself to the sides of buildings and trying to spring from one building to the next." 

Evans, however, does not actually harbor any aspirations to play his childhood idol. While his incredibly jacked figure would presumably have a hard time passing as the lithe, nimble Peter Parker, his concern about the role is much more practical. "I would have hated to wear Spider-Man's mask. I'm very claustrophobic, and I doubt whether I could have worn that kind of full suit and mask for hours a day on a set," Evans admits. Still, it's not like he's particularly sad about his lot in life, saying, "I much prefer my Captain America outfit, which I think is cooler anyway!" The jury may be out on which hero's costume is the coolest, but at least it's good to know that Evans is happy with his own role in the MCU.