A while back, an interview with Chris Evans revealed that his six-film contract officially ends with the upcoming release of the still untitled fourth Avengers film. It is not a surprise, as many contracts are nearing their end with the last films of Phase 3. Evans noted that the workout routine required for getting in shape for his role is physically exhausting, and it may get too difficult to keep up with time, making him question if he will return to the role. Still, many have high hopes we could see him return as Steve Rogers at some point in the ever-expanding franchise once again. In an interview with Christina Radish on his new film Gifted, he seemed to have changed his mind slightly when it comes to the topic:
“It’s really not up to me. My contract is up. I’m not going to sit here and say, “No more.” I think Hugh Jackman has made 47 Wolverine movies, and they somehow keep getting better. It’s a character I love, and it’s a factory that really knows what they’re doing. The system is sound, over there. They make great movies. If they weren’t kicking out quality, I’d have a different opinion. But, everything Marvel does seems to be cinema gold. And like I said, I love the character. The only reason it would end is ‘cause my contract is up. After Avengers 4, my contract is done. Talk to Marvel. If we engage further, I’d be open to it. I love the character. It’s almost like high school. You certainly always look to senior year, and then, all of a sudden, senior year happens and you’re like, “I don’t know if I’m ready to go.” It’s tough thinking about not playing the guy.”
Seems that the release of Logan may have given Evans some new perspective on the matter of him returning as the star-spangled hero. It seems that he might be motivated to try and re-negotiate the terms of his contract to extend into Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it leaves the question in what way we could see him return. The workout routine seems quite harsh on him, so maybe he would start taking a more supporting role like Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark will in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Given that there are two potential successors to the uniform, it would be interesting to see him take over a mentor role for either Bucky or Sam Wilson becoming the new Captain America.
What are your thoughts on the matter? What role do you think Rogers could have beyond this phase of films?