Last year, as promotional interviews for Captain America: The Winter Soldier swirled, Chris Evans began talking about scaling back his acting work, to the point that he would only appear in his contractually obligated Marvel Studios films and spend the rest of his time directing. Some reports even went so far as to claim Evans was about to retire from acting altogether, finishing out his six-film Marvel contract and then saying goodbye.
If that were true, Evans' final film as Captain Steve Rogers would be Avengers: Infinity War Part II in 2019, which could theoretically be a good point for Kevin Feige and his team at Marvel Studios to revamp The Avengers anyway, letting secondary heroes take primary roles in the ongoing Marvel saga. At the moment, we have no idea what Feige and company have planned beyond Infinity War, but as far as whether they'll have Cap in their corner, Evans recently made it clear that he's game to keep wielding the shield.
“Listen, if Marvel wants me they got me," Evans told Collider while promoting his new film Before We Go, which he directed. "I’ve never had such a relationship where you have such—I mean look at my resume, I’m used to being on set being like, ‘Ah is this movie gonna be terrible?’ Marvel just can’t stop making great movies, they do it in their sleep. It’s wonderful directors and producers and actors and scripts, and it’s like a playground as an actor.”
So Evans is clearly happy to stay in Marvel's corner for the moment, and as Captain America: Civil War is clearly shaping up to be almost Avengers 2.5, it's clear Marvel considers him an essential part of its plan. But what happens four years from now? Does Kevin Feige decided he'd like to kill Steve Rogers off and give the shield to a reformed Bucky Barnes, or even Sam Wilson? Does Evans ultimately grow tired of the superhero grind and decide to hang it up after all? We have no idea, but at the moment, fresh off shooting Civil War, Evans is game for as much superhero fun as Marvel wants to throw at him.
What do you think? Will we still have our Cap beyond 2019?