When Chris Evans signed on to play Captain America back in 2010, he was conflicted about jumping into another superhero franchise at the time, having just done two Fantastic Four films with Fox. So it made sense when three films later, Evans seemed more than ready to give up acting altogether while doing press for Captain America: The Winter Soldier last year.
At the time, Evans told reporters that he didn’t see himself acting outside of what he was contracted to do for Marvel. Many took this as Evans indicating he was ready to resign from acting, and eager to be free of his Marvel obligations in order to focus solely on directing. Now, a little over a year later, Evans seems to have changed his mind. In a new interview with Collider to promote his directorial debut, Before We Go, Evans stated he was open to sticking around longer – should Marvel want him.
“Listen, if Marvel wants me they got me. 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.”
He also went on to explain that, having played this character for so long now, and having worked with the same cast for such a long time, the thought of saying goodbye to it all is terrifying.
“It’s almost terrifying to think about these being done,” says Evans. “It always feels so good to kind of wrap and just say, ‘Alright, one more down.’ But it’s also kind of like high school in a sense. You keep looking to when you’re going to be done, and we’re almost done now, and you’re not quite ready for it to be over.”
As of right now, there hasn’t been any mention of Evans renewing his contract just yet, although that could possibly change soon with Evans publicly expressing interest in sticking around. For now, Evans can next be seen as Captain America when Captain America: Civil War hits movie theaters on May 6th, 2016.