It seems that Chris Evans may be looking to finally hang up the iconic Captain America shield and leave behind the role of the leading Avenger, according to a new interview with The New York Times. So, what does this mean for Steve Rogers’ fate in the upcoming Avengers films?
For the past seven years, actor Chris Evans has been playing the star-spangled Avenger since his first appearance in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and now it seems like he may finally be done with the role for good. Evans’ original contract for the Marvel films is set to end with the untitled fourth Avengers film and his interview with The New York Times seems to show he doesn’t want to return for more.
Quoted saying, “you want to get off the train before they push you off,” Evans’ is making it clear that the upcoming reshoots for Avengers 4 may very well be his last time donning the suit and shield. By the time Avengers 4 hits theaters, Chris Evans will have shown up in nine Marvel Studios films (including small cameos made in Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man & Spider-Man: Homecoming), so we can’t blame the guy for wanting to take a break and try something different.
The acclaimed and well-liked actor has said in the past that the role of Captain America would likely be his last mainstream “big” role and wants to focus his time behind the screen and direct more. His first directorial debut came in 2014 with the release of Before We Go, in which he starred in with Alice Eve.
Since Avengers: Infinity War is currently being seen as “the beginning of the end” of Marvel Studios films as we know it, it’s very well possible that we could see Steve Rogers meeting a fateful end in one of the upcoming Avengers films. The latest trailer for Avengers: Infinity War shows Captain America facing off against the mad titan Thanos with things not looking too good for America’s Number One Avenger.
If Evans does end up stepping down from the role of Captain America, it wouldn’t be too crazy for someone we’ve already met on-screen to take up the mantle of the Cap. In the comics, we’ve seen Bucky Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan in the MCU) and Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie on-screen) become Captain America, so it is not outside the realm of possibility for this to happen on-screen as well!
Whether or not Chris Evans returns to the role of Captain America in future Marvel films is still unclear, but what we do know is that Chris Hemsworth seems very keen to return to the role of Thor especially after the fantastic success of Thor: Ragnarok.
Avengers: Infinity War opens only in theaters on April 27th, 2018.