Chris Evans Is Hanging Up the Shield
In an interview with the New York Times, Chris Evans seemed to confirm what we’ve all suspected for a long time. Avengers 4 will be his last film in the MCU.
“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he said to the Times.
It’s important to note one passage from the article. “For now, he has no plans to return to the franchise.” The key words in that sentence are “For now.” While the signs to point to Evans departing, there’s still some wiggle room left in those words.
Evans has been dancing back and forth publicly for years about whether he wants to retire or continue as Captain America. He once claimed a desire to quit acting altogether before later saying that he’d be willing to continue working for Marvel.
So even though there has to be an ounce of doubt in what any of these actors say (they could also be attempting to throw us off the scent of what happens in these next two Avengers movies), it really does feel like Avengers 4 will be Cap’s time to go.
But then what?
If Marvel wants the Captain America persona to live on in the MCU, either Bucky or Falcon can take up the mantle as both have done so in the comics. Personally, I’d like to see Falcon become Cap and Bucky remain in Wakanda as White Wolf.
It’s also possible that nobody fills the red, white and blue shoes. The Avengers 4 writers have said that Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel shares an identical attitude to Steve Rogers in each knowing that they’re right and not wanting to hear differently from anyone else. She could step in and fill the leadership role on the team. Is there only room for one captain at a time?
There are two big Captain America threads that I’d like to see tied together before he goes.
First, we only got one real one-on-one fight between Cap and Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger and it wasn’t a great fight. I’d be very disappointed if we didn’t get another showdown between these two iconic foes, especially with the current tie-in comic hinting that Red Skull may indeed be alive.
And then there’s Sharon Carter, who Steve Rogers had a significant history with in the comics. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, it looked like the MCU was going to explore that relationship. But now it appears we won’t see her back with Steve either. And without much of a purpose after he’s gone, we may never know what happened to her after Civil War.
Are we indeed getting ready to say goodbye to Captain America as we know him? Perhaps. But I’m willing to bet we get to see him don his classic shield one more time. Or, more specifically, the new one Tony Stark made for him in Spider-Man: Homecoming.