After playing the heroic Captain America for 8 years – Chris Evans’ next on-screen appearance is an antagonist role in The Gray Man, a Netflix spy thriller helmed by Avengers: Endgame directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo. In fact, the 40-year-old star also thinks his upcoming role is “aggressively” 180 degrees from Steve Rogers. But writer Stephen McFeely had another interesting comparison for Evan’s character – The Joker.
Although the Russo Brothers exited the superhero genre after their ambitious Infinity saga for Marvel Studios (at least, for now) – the duo are still utilizing MCU’s success formula but rather with a different new franchise based on novels by Mark Greaney, who also co-wrote Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series. The Gray Man explores the story of Courtland Gentry (codenamed Six) played by Ryan Gosling. A convict turned master assassin trained by the CIA to be the perfect expendable asset capable of taking out of any individual at any time and place. And the ace to challenge this killing machine is none other than Evan’s Lloyd Hansen.
Lloyd‘s traits scream anti-cap, he even has a mustache though that’s the least of worries for Six, “you should almost fear his smile more than his scowl,” said Evans speaking to Empire for the Summer preview issue. Speaking of smiles – The Gray Man writer McFeely put it in better terms:
“He’s a little like the Joker,” he said. “That guy can be anything in any scene, because all he wants is anarchy. Lloyd is a little like that. He’s a trainwreck of a human being.”
It’s interesting to note McFeely juxtaposing Lloyd with Joker since Evan’s aforementioned comment falls in line with the Laughing Clown’s MO. The Captain America star also added, “I think he understands that what he does is bad and harmful, but I think he considers himself necessary. He thinks he’s a disrupter.”
Netflix is betting the big bucks on this new spy franchise touted to rival 007, with the first title made reportedly on a $200 million budget. The Russo team and Netflix are working on building a new world, in fact, a prequel for Lloyd Hansen is already in the works with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on board.
The Gray Man arrives on July 22 on Netflix.
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