Ever since filming began on Captain America: The First Avenger, people have been checking for the slightest glimpse of Chris Evans in the famous red, white, and blue costume. But Marvel decided to give that exclusive to Entertainment Weekly, where the actor appears on the cover of the latest issue fully dressed in his patriotic ensemble. He even sports the shield! There’s a feature on the inside that reveals Evans’ fear and excitement about taking on the role as the leader of The Avengers team.

Ever since it was announced that Evans would play Steve Rogers he’s been met with some reservation from fans. He previously portrayed Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four, a character who’s the exact opposite of Captain America. When he was offered the part, he initially turned it down because he was afraid of carrying the legacy that goes along with the role.

“At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f—-ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—-ed!’” After declining the part three times, Evans took a meeting with Marvel execs and Johnston and was dazzled by their plans for the movie. He still felt wary about suiting up for Captain America — but then he had an epiphany.

“I was just scared,” he says. “I realized my whole decision making process was fear based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear.’” Evans signed a six-picture deal with Marvel to play the character, and he has no regrets: “I can’t believe was almost too chicken to play Captain America.”

Even though we like Evans as an actor, it’s hard for us to see him as Captain America. We’ll need more than just a photo to make us believers in his portrayal of the character. We’ll hold out judgment until we see the first trailer and hear him recite some dialogue.

Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters on July 22, 2011.

What do you think of Evans in costume as Captain America?