With the contracts of some of the original stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe expiring with Avengers: Endgame, speculation has been rampant about which iconic heroes may not survive the rematch with Thanos. Chris Evans has been one of the biggest question marks, beginning with comments he made a year ago about leaving the blockbuster franchise. The actor's heartfelt farewell to Captain America in October seemed to confirm his departure.
If fans were hoping for a surprise announcement that Evans is extending his Marvel contract again, they didn't find it during a press conference for Endgame, held Sunday in Los Angeles. Asked what he likes most about his character's arc, he indicated that the Marvel Studios sequel provides an ending, of some sort, for Captain America.
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"I guess I can give you broad strokes," he said. "I think the completion of the arc, that's safe to say right? This film provides an ending --" However, before Evans could complete his thought, co-director Joe Russo interrupted him with a buzzer sound effect.
Evans quickly shifted gears and continued, "Then I guess it's just a tapestry. [Steve Rogers] has just been through so much. There's so many wonderful elements of working on this movie ... the friendships and connections I've made over the years, 10 years now, it's truly become a family."
Steve's code of honor has always made him stand out from the other Avengers. His conflict with the more pragmatic heroes has even fueled an entire film, Captain America: Civil War. But while certain characters, such as Tony Stark, can aggravate him, Steve is actually emboldened by other heroes like him.
"I think he tends to lean on those people who are of like mind and nature," Evans said. "[From the people] who kind of are intrinsically selfless. All the heroes up here have their baked-in the cake flaws, and a lot that makes for really good conflict and storytelling. That's why my favorite stuff in this arc has been with Downey, because there's ... such a dichotomy between how we approach things. Of our hearts are in the right places, but it provides a lot of great friction.
"But by introducing people like Captain Marvel, like Black Panther, people who also align very similarly to Cap's nature, I think it... reinforces Cap's sense of purpose and home," the actor continued. "It's an environment that feels more natural for him, so I think it's nice to see the certain pockets where he feels at peace, and the certain pockets where he feels like his buttons are getting pushed."
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 26.