Skip to content

Planes, Trains and Chris Evans: Analyzing the similarities of Snowpiercer, Sunshine and Captain America

April 23, 2015

Hello all. Mark here.

It all started with the Chris Evans fire and ice films. Snowpiercer and Sunshine are two fantastic movies that feature something irregular. In Sunshine he helps reignite the sun but he freezes to death. In Snowpiercer he is living in a cold post-apocalyptic world yet he burns up in an explosion. These two deaths got me thinking about his other films affected by fire and ice.


Chris Evans fantastic Four

Captain America frozen


I started to look at his superhero/comic book/science fiction history and I started noticing more similarities. I compiled them together and churned out this cheeky post. I understand that some of these similarities stretch further than Reed Richards. However, they are worth noting and will make you sound more pretentious whilst talking about films (or prove you have lots of free time).

If you join Chris Evans on a train attack you will die

Chris Evans has lead two successful train attacks. In Captain America: The First Avenger he captured Dr. Arnin Zola but lost his best friend Bucky. In Snowpiercer he did better than imagined and got everybody killed. What do the train attacks have in common? They both take place in cold weather and his best friends die. Basically, the other people are red shirts waiting to get wiped out.

Jaime Bell snowpiercer


There are also long term consequences of the attacks. In Captain America Bucky survives the mile long fall and becomes the Winter Soldier. Also, Zola gets captured and ends up integrating Hydra into the world. Many people die because of his train attacks.

Captain America train


When Chris Evans saves the day he becomes an ice cube or freezes to death

In Captain America and Sunshine his heroics save millions but he finds himself entombed in an ice cube or freezing while close to the sun. He knowingly risks his life for the greater good and ends up really cold.

Sunshine Chris Evans freezing


He has some pretty sweet shields

In Push he can create shields at the molecular level in order to deflect bullets and bad dialogue. His shield in Captain America is made of the impenetrable material Vibranium and can be used as a boomerang or sled if he is bored. The spaceship’s shield in Sunshine is so incredible it can block the sun’s rays and solar winds. These three shields are pretty amazing and totally not possible.

sunshine spaceship


Something bad always happens aboard an aircraft

Fantastic Four – People go into space. People get bombed by gamma rays.

Sunshine – Only on a Chris Evans mission will you be attacked by a sun burnt Colonel Kurtz type villain.

Avengers – I could watch Captain America and Iron Man bicker all day (You are selfish! You are old!). They are polar opposites who team up to beat up a greater evil. However, flying  destruction was used as a plot device to bring the two characters together. The two had to fix a helicarrier engine in order to prevent death from above. How many poor folks were smooshed because team work had to be established?

Captain America: Captain America crashes an aircraft and becomes an ice cube.

Captain America 2: Winter Soldier: That dang train mission proved to be a pain in the butt.

plane crashing captain america 2



The final boss is a red-faced/burnt man

In Captain America and Sunshine the main foes were Red Skull and a human third degree burn named Pinbacker. They are completely different but you get the point.

Sunshine pinbacker


Incredible pieces of machinery get destroyed

The train in Snowpiercer was an incredible work of art. It was a 24/7 perpetual moving machine that stayed on the tracks no matter what. It got destroyed. The spacecraft in Sunshine was capable of transporting a crew to the sun while carrying a massive explosive payload.  It blew up. The aircraft in Captain America was so advanced in 1945 it would be advanced today. It crashed into a snowy abyss.

Snowpiercer train


He is really good at fighting goons in close quarters

If you’ve watched Captain America 2 and Snowpiercer you know that Evans can kick butt in tiny spots. Whether he is brawling in a train car or in an elevator he always manages to eek out a victory.

captain america elevator fight

Snowpiercer train fight


He overperforms against all odds

He did the impossible when he rallied the train folk to take out the goons and gun toting crew of the Snowpiercer. Also, in Captain America he was a tiny little fella who became a super soldier because he could outsmart and out heart anybody in the field. The dude is so inventive he makes the impossible possible.

Captain America flag

Cap getting flag


He will use his body to save lives

He was willing to jump on a grenade to save troops in Captain America. In Snowpiercer he wrapped his arms around Yona in order for her to survive (and maybe be eaten by a polar bear). Dude is totally selfless and will hurt himself to save others.

Captain America grenade


His films almost always involve some kind gamma, vita, ultraviolet rays. 

The dude has experienced a lot of rays in Captain America, Fantastic Four and Sunshine. 

Vita rays captain america


There you have it! If there are any similarities I missed let me know!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: