Captain America has been one of the cornerstones of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one of the most prominently featured Avengers. However, it appears that very soon a character other than Steve Rogers may be picking up the shield. In an interview with Chris Evans, Esquire hinted that after his next two Marvel projects (Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled sequel) he COULD walk away from the role of Captain America, just as his character did in the closing act of Captain America: Civil War.
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.
Chris Evans originally signed a six-film contract when he agreed to star in Captain America: The First Avenger. The next two Avengers films would actually make it seven Marvel films that he has starred in so far. If Marvel wants Evans to reappear in more films, that would require a renegotiation or extension of his current contract. As Evans is one of Marvel’s headlining stars, that would give him more leeway than other actors. For example, Robert Downey Jr.s contract was up after Iron Man 3, but he was able to negotiate a deal with Marvel to star in more films.
Marvel may try to have Evans renew his contract rather than retire the character or give the mantle to someone else. In the comics, there are several other characters that have taken on the role of ‘Captain America’, a few of which have already been introduced in the MCU. Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) has taken over for Steve Rogers before in the comics and, more recently, Falcon (Anthony Mackie) has also become Captain America as well.
Of course, given Chris Evans star power, he could always take an extended break from Captain America for several films, depending on the direction that the next two Avengers films go. As the MCU introduces more heroes such as Captain Marvel, it may be the perfect time for an existing character to fill in for Steve Rogers. It has already been shown through the cryogenic freezing of Bucky Barnes that the MCU is unafraid to have characters take an extended break from the continuity until the larger narrative requires their return.
How would you like to see this resolved? Do you want Evans to continue on in the role, or would you rather see Stan or Wilson step in? Let us know!