When Chris Evans originally signed on for the role of Captain America, Evans feared what would come next. After two poorly received Fantastic Four films from Fox, the actor had already dipped his toes in the comic book world, and feared signing onto yet another project with multiple film commitments — especially when that contract called for six appearances. Fast forward to 2017, the actor has since changed his tone significantly. After completing a trilogy of Captain America films, and already having filmed two Avengers films with it having already been confirmed that he’ll next appear in Avengers: Infinity War, Evans’ original contract is finished, but his time with Marvel isn’t over just yet. With his original contractual obligations completed, the actor explained why he agreed to extend his contract with Marvel Studios for one more film.
In a new interview with Telegraph, Evans recounted his initial fear of joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, explaining that he worried about the films actually being good. “Because if things worked out, I’d have to do all six of them. And at the time, that was the most terrifying aspect of it. That it was going to be so dominating, all-encompassing.” It’s a fear that the actor appears to have gotten over in time, of course. Not only is the Captain America trilogy a proven success for Marvel Studios but it’s also a critically acclaimed trilogy of films.
He’s completed his series of solo films for the character and is set to finish up his original contractual obligations for the Avengers films — he’ll be filming on Infinity War through August — yet, the actor chose to extend his contract for one more film with the still untitled follow-up to Infinity War. The reasoning? Because the studio decided to make the next two Avengers films a two-parter of sorts.
“I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done, but they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter…They said they had so many other characters to fit in – Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ant Man – and couldn’t get them all into one movie.”
Of course, even with his contract with Marvel Studios nearing its finish line, the actor hasn’t written off possibly extending his contract again. Then again, with Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige revealing that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to look incredibly different following the conclusion of Phase Three, it’s hard to know if Captain America — with Evans, at least — will continue to play a role going forward.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with the untitled sequel opening May 3, 2019.