Chris Evans, who plays Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has said that he plans to leave the franchise after the end of Avengers 4, but admits that some sort of return is not completely out of the question.
In an interview on Good Morning America, noted that his contract is expiring after that film, as are those of several other MCU stars like Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor).
“I mean, I think we all through Avengers 4 kind of wrap it up. But at this point I don’t know what’s next, but yeah, by 2019 that’s it… Well, we’ll see,” he said.
One cannot deny that playing Captain America has been Evans’ biggest role to date, and by the time that Avengers 4 comes out, he will have played the character in ten different movies. That said, he has expressed an understandable desire to move on and focus on other projects, including possibly directing and his part in the Off-Broadway Lobby Hero.
His next entry in the franchise, Avengers: Infinity War, comes out on Friday, April 27. This and Avengers 4 are the culmination of the entire MCU up until this point, bringing together virtually every major hero from all of the previous films. Together they will have to take on the Mad Titan Thanos, an alien being of immense power who is seeking the Infinity Stones, which will make him virtually unstoppable.
While the film has a lot of characters to juggle (more than 80, in fact), fans expect Evans’ Captain America to have a sizable part. At this point in the series, he has been a fugitive since the events of Captain America: Civil War, and he will no doubt have a hard time putting aside his differences with Tony Stark as the pair gather the Avengers to take on this new threat.
Many expect at least one major death during the course of the two Avengers flicks, so of course Evans may not have a chance to return to the franchise, even if he wants to. But if he survives, it will be easy to give him a cameo sometime in Phase 4, because who wouldn’t want to team up with Cap?