There’s something about Chris Evans and Scarlett Johannson. They share an easy chemistry and are obviously two very attractive humans, but even though the two have been single at the same time over the course of the years, almost decades, they’ve known each other, their friendship has always remained something to admire and thanks to Variety, we’re giving a window into their dynamic and it’s all kinds of heartwarming.
Evans and Johansson took part in Variety Studio: Actors on Actors where they got to sit and chat about their friendship and career, during and post-Marvel. During their wide-ranging sit-down, Chris asked Scarlett if she recalled what it was like meeting for the first time and she did. “You’ve always been such a great actor. You were great then, and so incredibly photogenic, and you just came alive on screen in a way that’s very uncommon. It was so nice to work with you, because I felt we had great chemistry as actors, and there was a naturalistic approach that I felt. ”
Their first movie together was 2004’s The Perfect Score, a rather prescient movie now, Johansson pointed out, since it’s about students cheating on SAT tests so they can get, you guessed it, perfect scores.
Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans reflect working together on #TheNannyDiaires, #ThePerfectScore, and #AvengersEndgame: “It’s always easy between us” https://t.co/31pvipigVH pic.twitter.com/IyWDNh4Dl6
— Variety (@Variety) November 11, 2019
After playing love interests in The Nanny Diaries, they found one another again, professionally speaking, of course. Johansson was first to enter the MCU, in Iron Man 2, back in 2010, a year later, Captain America was released, and then The Avengers followed. Neither had any idea what they were getting into or the phenomenon that The Avengers and the MCU would become, though Evans admitted it would be one of his “treasured memories of life.”
Despite being killed off in Endgame (spoiler alert?), ScarJo will be back in Black Widow, the first standalone film for her character next year and she asked Chris the question on everyone’ s mind: would ever come back to the MCU?
“You never say never. I love the character,” he said. “It’s not a hard no, but it’s not an eager yes either. I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey.”
Last one for today pic.twitter.com/VL8cvo0VYz
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 6, 2019
Evans doesn’t want to return just so Disney and Marvel can make more money or because the audience “wants to be excited” but rather, he wants to add to Cap’s story. “A lot of things would have to come together,” and if he’s being frank, “it doesn’t feel, at this time, that would be a thing.”
He added: “I’m very protective of it. It was such a precious time, and jumping onto the movie was a terrifying prospect to me. I said no a bunch of times, and there’s a million and one ways it could have gone wrong. It almost feels like maybe we should let this one sit.”
Johansson also brought up the comments made by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola about Marvel movies, where Scorsese boldly stated that to him they “are not cinema” while Coppola flat-out labelled them “despicable.” Scarlett was initially disappointed at the comments but someone explained to her that perhaps what the directors were implying was “there’s not a lot of room for different kinds of movies, or smaller movies, because the theatre is taken up by huge blockbusters,” and “how people consume content now” is just so different.
Evans, on the other hand, acknowledged that while “original content inspires creative content,” he believes “there’s room at the table for all of it.”
Now, the real question: Can these two find a project that they can co-star on, just the two of them? Because they keep proving time and time again just how good they can be together and we want more.
This is my new favorite picture. https://t.co/ZUUueSDG6b
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 13, 2019