It’s long been assumed that Chris Evans wasn’t going to be staying in the Marvel Cinematic Universe past his initial contract with Marvel Studios. Before signing on to star in Captain America: The First Avenger, Evans even got Marvel to reduce the initial nine-picture deal to a six-picture deal that would have culminated with the third Avengers movie. Those plans were slightly changed when Avengers: Infinity War became two movies instead of one.
However, Evans recently made it clear that he has no intention of laying down his shield anytime soon. In an interview with Collider, Evans put the ball back into Marvel’s court regarding his appearances in Phase 4 of the MCU.
“Listen, if Marvel wants me, they got me,” said Evans. “I’ve never had such a relationship where you have such — I mean look at my resume, I’m used to being on set being like, ‘Ah is this movie gonna be terrible?’ Marvel just can’t stop making great movies, they do it in their sleep. It’s wonderful directors and producers and actors and scripts, and it’s like a playground as an actor.”
“It’s so mind-boggling that I was so tentative in the beginning to jump onboard,” continued Evans. “What an a–hole I would be if I hadn’t done this. I mean can you imagine? Kicking myself — I’d never forgive myself!”
Even if Evans does decide to move on from Captain America in the future, there’s a long history of other characters taking over the mantle in the comic books…before Steve Rogers inevitably takes back the role. At some point in the future, Marvel Studios will probably consider recasting the core Avengers characters (including Captain America), but there’s no reason to rush the current cast out the door.
Evans has previously mentioned that he wants to do more behind-the-camera work, and his directorial debut, Before We Go, was released in theaters and VOD this week. His next MCU appearance, Captain America: Civil War will be released on May 6, 2017.
Marvel fans, are you excited to hear that Evans wants to keep making films in the MCU? Throw your mighty shields and share your opinions in the comment section below!