Since the upcoming fourth Avengers installment wrapped up shooting, Chris Evans – Captain America – has been hinting that he’s hanging up the Sentinel of Liberty’s iconic shield. Speculation has been running rampant that Steve Rogers – perhaps alongside some of the other original Avengers – will be dying by the end of the fourth installment, making way for a new team to take over the MCU. While that would seem like a natural conclusion to some characters’ storylines – especially with contractual obligations being fulfilled and whatnot – it seems as though that may not necessarily be the case.
Joe Russo, co-director of the as-yet-untitled Avengers installment, was recently asked about a tweet that Evans had made which suggested that the actor was finished with his time as Captain America. “I think it was more emotional for him than it was us because he’s not done yet. I won’t explain what that means but fans will soon understand what I’m talking about,” Russo said, adding that it was part of their job to surprise the fans and make difficult storytelling decisions.
While Evans has walked his statement both backward and forwards, it’s clear that he has a lot of love for the role and wouldn’t rule out a return to it. In an interview with Collider, he said, “The only reason it would end is ‘cause my contract is up. […] If we engage further, I’d be open to it. I love the character.”
Granted, this could mean anything, from the end of Avengers 4 leaving Captain America alive – but perhaps retired – to Chris Evans’ Cap popping up in the rumored Scarlet Witch or Loki tv series. It could even simply be a one-off scene in which Captain America hands off stewardship of the Avengers to Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel in a fifth Avengers installment. Though this may simply be a way for Evans to subtly negotiate a new contract with Marvel – after all why give up on a good thing if he loves the role and the fans love him – it could also be that there’s some big surprise planned that no one is aware of yet. Of course, this could all just be one big star-spangled red herring to throw us off the scent of Cap’s inevitable demise. Whatever the case, it’ll be fun finding out the truth when Avengers 4 releases on May 3, 2019.
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