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Avengers co-director says Chris Evans 'isn't done yet' as Captain America

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Dec 7, 2018, 12:01 PM EST (Updated)

Has Chris Evans really put down Captain America's shield for good?

Although the actor has strongly hinted that his days as the Avengers team leader were done following the end of filming on Avengers 4 — with Cap even rumored to be meeting his death in the film — there are new indications that his appearance in the yet-to-be-titled sequel may not be as final as it seems.

In an interview with the Associated Press (below), co-director Joe Russo was asked about an emotional tweet in which Evans seemed to be saying goodbye to the part and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Russo responded, "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 did not elaborate on his cryptic (of course) statement, only adding, "It’s our job as storytellers to surprise (people) and to make difficult choices in the storytelling."

The speculation that Evans was done for good went into overdrive when he tweeted last month, "Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful."

But Evans sort of walked back the Oct. 4 statement afterwards, telling fans at ACE Comic Con in Chicago later that month, "I should clarify that regardless of how Avengers 4 ends, I would have tweeted the exact same thing. That last day of filming was a very emotional day and it was the culmination of almost 10 years of filming and 22 movies, this unbelievable tapestry."

Still, Evans has dropped suggestions for months now that Avengers 4 would mark his last turn as Cap, telling the New York Times back in March that he was finished — although he subsequently backpedaled on that as well, saying, "It's really not up to me. My contract is up. I’m not going to sit here and say, 'No more.'"

So what is really going on here? Will the events of Avengers 4 leave the door open for Steve Rogers to continue the fight in the MCU? Are all the enigmatic comments just a subtle contract negotiation? Or do the Russos (who haven't ruled out their own return to the MCU either), Marvel, and Evans all have something up their sleeves that none of us see coming?

Avengers 4 is out in theaters May 3, 2019. 155 days to go, folks. Can you stand it?

(via Yahoo! News)