The reason for Chris Evans’ avoidance of hosting ‘SNL’ is being likened to that of avoiding the plague

According to Chris Evans, the prospect of hosting “Saturday Night Live” is quite daunting, and this is the primary reason why he has shunned it for so many years.

The 41-year-old Marvel actor is set to star in the upcoming romantic comedy “Ghosted” with Ana de Armas, his frequent collaborator, who will be guest-hosting “SNL” on April 15.

During an interview with ET Canada, Evans and de Armas revealed that the Bostonian actor is too anxious to make an appearance on the sketch comedy show.

“Well, now, a cameo I can handle,” Evans said, when asked if he would ever appear on the NBC series.

“I’ve avoided hosting ‘SNL’ like the plague for years now just because I’m so scared. It’s terrifying to me,” he added. “A cameo sounds great — that’s perfect.”

The “Gifted” actor then gushed over de Armas: “But hosting, I tip my hat to her. She’s going to be amazing. But it would provide a lot of sleepless nights for me.”

Evans explained that he would be full of anxiety if he ever emceed an episode, also noting that he doesn’t think he’s a “funny person.”

“Maybe I only feel that because I have very, very funny friends who once told me I’m not a funny person,” he recalled. “I just know how I would feel … it would just be an everyday anxiety, constant regret. Why did I do this? I could have been comfortable at my house, in my bed, not worrying about this.”

Ana de Armas, the 34-year-old star of “Blonde,” will be showcasing her comedic abilities on the Studio 8H stage, along with Karol G, who will be the musical guest. This hosting gig will be de Armas’ first-ever appearance on “SNL.”

Ana de Armas and Chris Evans’ latest movie, “Ghosted,” is set to premiere on April 21 on Apple TV+. This is the third film collaboration for the duo, following their appearance in 2019’s “Knives Out” and last year’s “The Gray Man.”

The movie, directed by Dexter Fletcher of “Rocketman” fame, features Adrien Brody, Mike Moh, Tim Blake Nelson, Anna Deavere Smith, Marwan Kenzari, and Tate Donovan.

In “Ghosted,” Cole (Evans) and Sadie (de Armas) embark on a whirlwind romance, going on an international adventure to save the world on only their second date. Both de Armas and the “Fantastic Four” actor have additional projects in the works.

The upcoming film “Ballerina,” a spinoff of the “John Wick” franchise, has cast De Armas in the lead role of an assassin named Rooney.

The film is slated for release in 2024 and follows Rooney’s mission to avenge her family’s murder. Meanwhile, Evans is venturing into the drama genre with his new movie, “Pain Hustlers,” which is set to debut on Netflix on Oct. 23.

The movie features an ensemble cast including Emily Blunt, Andy García, and Catherine O’Hara.