Chris Evans initially rejected the opportunity to portray Steve Rogers (Captain America). Kevin Feige, the producer in MCU, was nevertheless stubborn and already knew what he wanted for Captain America. Chris Evans joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe was something he battled for.
Chris Evans revealed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he first declined the opportunity of Captain America due to his Anxiety, but Kevin Feige insisted him to accept the role.
Chris Evans discussed his plan to eventually take on Captain America in an open forum. When Evans was cast, he wasn’t as well known as the others actors surrounding him. With well-known actors like Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr., Evans had been in the Fantastic Four and Not Another Teen Movie. Still, the MCU didn’t offer anything of the quality he was used to.
Downey, Scarlett, and Mark Ruffalo were already well-known at the time. Chris Hemsworth’s presence was welcome since he also had it. We were both extremely inexperienced, and we were the only independent actors, so I believe that our concern was somewhat more mutual because of this.
Fortunately, Feige battled for him and gave us the Captain America we know and love. Still, Evans is contributing to the normalization of concerns that many of us attempt to suppress by being so vocal about his Anxiety Issues.