Chris Evans may be done with Captain America by end of 2017

News Simon Brew 26 Mar 2014 - 06:39

Chris Evans reaffirms his desire to move away from acting post-Captain America, and reckons his Marvel duties will be done by 2017

So far, we've seen Chris Evans' take on Captain America in three movies. Well, four if you count a surprise appearance in a different Marvel project, but that doesn't count towards the total in Evans' contract.

Having signed a six picture deal to play the character, he's done two Captain America films and one Avengers thus far. He's filming on Avengers: Age Of Ultron this year, and over the past few weeks, Evans has been making noises regarding letting acting take a back seat.

In a new interview with Variety, he's taken that further, revealing that he wants to take up directing more fully. And as it turns out, that'll involve all-but-retiring from acting. "If I'm acting at all, it's going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing. I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do", he said.

So where does that contract leave him? Once he's shot Avengers 2, "I wouldn't be surprised if for all of 2015, we didn't do a movie. I bet by 2017, I'll be done". That'd cover Captain America 3, and presumably a smaller role in another, as yet unconfirmed Marvel project.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives in UK cinemas today. By the sounds of it, the Captain America cinematic saga, at least in its current form, will be done by May 2017...


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Going by previous comments, from Evans, the final two films in his contract would be Cap 3 and Avengers 3. What he could mean by 'done by 2017' is that in 2017 he would've finished filming Avengers 3 (for a 2018 release), which would make sense with the current three year cycle.

That's a shame, I think he's really quite likeable on screen.

I would love it if they initiated Civil War (sans-Spiderman) in Avengers 3, and actually kill off Steve Rogers properly, with Bucky Barnes taking over Cap duties (either at the end of Avengers 3, or the start of Cap 4).

Yep. Best thing they could do

Bet Marvel gives him his shot at directing while signing him to more Captain America appearances.

I would love to see it, but I don't know if there will be enough powered characters in the universe by then to really give the storyline the weight it needs.

I can definitely see elements of it being used, though. The Cap/Bucky thing, Stark being the head of SHIELD (I believe this has been set up so far and TWS has a bit that makes me almost certain of it [no spoilers, it's a throwaway bit in the movie that just served to further my own theory]) and they are even using "sakaarans" in GotG, which, when taken with the Hulkbuster vs. Hulk concept art released for AoU could indicate a somewhat truncated Planet/World War Hulk element to the upcoming Phase 3 storyline.

I don't think they would keep Bucky in the role for long, though. I'm pretty sure Cap could be the first instance of the MCU resurrecting a character (Coulson went to the telly so I don't think he should really count as more than a test run for the idea, plus he wasn't a main character at that point). Recasting Steve would be a fairly straightforward thing at that stage as the whole death and back angle would give enough play for people to accept a different look and take on the character. It's hard to gauge people on this idea, though. Recasting Banner and Rhodes went over okay (mostly), but Rhodes is a secondary character and Banner/Hulk may as well be at this point (something that Marvel needs to sort f***king sharpish in my opinion). There could be a lot of backlash against the idea so Marvel may be cagey about it.

My own theory is that Stark takes over SHIELD for AoU (possibly initiated in the GotG post-credits), spends Phase 3 turning more and more to the "a$$hole with a point" character seen leading up to and during the Civil War run (fitting nicely with his darker edge and more insightful form exiting IM3 and spurred by seeing how destructive his own good intentions can be [assuming that Ultron is his creation and the turning against the Avengers being somehow linked to him]) leading to Cap getting it in the head during the climax/post-climax of Avengers 3. The post-credits could then be Bucky at Cap's grave/memorial statue pulling on the mask or, more likely, raising the shield (so weird typing that word without caps).

I can understand that after six films as Captain America that Chris might be a bit tired of the role but I hope he doesn't quit acting all together as he has a very good range. I really would love to see him throw himself into something more comical. I really enjoyed his role as the Human Torch and I'd love to see him play a similar character again.

and--this could be a "show me the money" tactic. I gotta think if these movies continue to rake in the big bucks that Marvel/Disney would want the same cast to continue in the roles. Look at RDJ--not doing any more solo IM films, but he will be in A2 & im sure A3 as well & getting nice fat paychecks to do so.

Does his cameo in Thor: The Dark World count towards his contracted appearances?

I don't get the impression that it's money. After Fantastic Four sequel and a few others, he was quite vocal about the limitation as an actor in the movie making process during interviews. Though as director he may find limitation would probably be even greater from the financiers.

No, a cameo wouldn't count.

...and yet most of Nick Fury's appearances are cameos.

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