UPDATED Monday, March 22: Heat Vision is now reporting that Chris Evans has agreed to Marvel's deal to star in 'The First Avenger: Captain America' as well as sequels and the spin-off 'Avengers' franchise.
Apparently after mulling it over on the weekend Evans agreed to the terms and now it's just the formality of typing up the contracts and signing them.
Original Report from Saturday, March 20:
Multiple sources are reporting that actor Chris Evans has been offered the lead role in Marvel's 'The First Avenger: Captain America' movie.
The Heat Vision Blog at THR broke the news Friday afternoon with an exclusive report indicating that Marvel had approached the actor with a firm offer. Marvel refused to confirm the offer, as did Evans' reps at Creative Artists Agency. Deadline.com, who first reported Evans as a candidate last week, was quick to confirm the offer with their own sources.
The deal would lock Evans into a starring role in three 'Captain America' movies, plus a promonent role in 'The Avengers' and its sequels. Evans would also be obligated to appear as Rogers/Cap with small appearances in other Marvel films as well.
Both reports note that his is only an offer, which Evans may or may not accept. Deadline's sources tell them that the actor is reticent to play another Marvel superhero, but also admits that some foot-dragging may be simply a bargaining tactic. As we've seen with the much-discussed 'Iron Man' movie sequel issues, Marvel has a tendency to low-ball talent on money while obligating them to numerous sequels.
If he signs, it might make Evans the new reigning champ of comic-to-film roles. He's acted in 'TMNT', 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World', 'The Losers' and, of course, the two 'Fantastic Four' movies.
What do you think, Maniacs? Will you be happy if Chris Evans signs on as Cap? If not him, then who? Post your comments below...