Chris Evans has wavered back and forth over the years on whether he’d continue to wear Captain America’s red-white-and-blue uniform in the Marvel Cinematic Universe past the expiration of his six-film contract. As recently as last May Evans expressed an interest in Captain America making more cameos in Marvel films, even referencing “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Now, however, new comments from the actor in Esquire lean towards him hanging up the shield for good.
Settling in on the couch, he groans. Evans explains that he’s hurting all over because he just started his workout routine the day before to get in shape for the next two Captain America films. The movies will be shot back to back beginning in April. After that, no more red- white-and-blue costume for the thirty-five-year-old. He will have fulfilled his contract.
The takeaway is that Evans will complete his contractual obligations as Captain America once “Avengers: Infinity War” and its untitled sequel are done shooting. Marvel and Evans can always decide to renegotiate a new deal for more appearances, of course, along the lines of what Robert Downey, Jr. did once his contract was up after “Iron Man 3.” One reason the actor is considering retirement from the role of Steve Rogers is the amount of time it takes from his schedule and his ability to explore other opportunities acting and directing.
If Marvel Studios were left with the option of Captain America minus Chris Evans, it could decide to either recast the role, or upgrade supporting characters the Winter Soldier or Falcon as owners of the shield. Both have filled in as Captain America in the comics, and the movies are known for loosely adapting storylines for the big screen.
Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, “Avengers: Infinity War” arrives in theaters on May 4, 2018. It stars an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Renner, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brie Larson, Josh Brolin, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland and Pom Klementieff.