Emotions on Twitter ran higher that usual on Thursday. The world of fandom — specifically Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom — was sent reeling thanks to a heartfelt tweet from Chris Evans, marking his final day filming in the role of Steve Rogers, aka Captain America.
"Officially wrapped on Avengers 4," he wrote, in reference to next year's followup to Infinity War. "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."
Evans, who has played the role in multiple MCU films since 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, had previously implied that this would likely be his final time donning Cap's star-spangled uniform, telling the New York Times in March, "You want to get off the train before they push you off."
Perhaps some fans either didn't hear about that, or assumed he would have a change of heart. But clearly, many were not prepared to say goodbye to their fearless hero. By Friday afternoon, the tweet had more than 300,000 retweets, 1.2 million favorites, and a staggering 52,000 replies. In addition, the hashtag #ThankYouChrisEvans elicited a bounty of stirring messages on Twitter.
And even though Deadpool isn't a part of the MCU, star Ryan Reynolds clearly felt a Marvel-ous connection. He responded to Evans' tweet by saying, "I’m not crying. I’m weeping. There’s a difference."
Reynolds wasn't alone in his feelings about the news:
The yet-to-be-titled fourth Avengers movie doesn't come out until May 4, 2019, so Evans has some time to reconsider this apparent decision. Clearly his fans hope he does.