As frequently as we see Marvel’s main actors on the big screen, it’s worth remembering that their time on the big screen is finite. In Chris Evans’ case, his current contract will expire soon. After Captain America: Civil War, he originally only had one movie left, although that’s since been amended so Captain America will appear in both Avengers: Infinity War movies. Regardless, once those blockbusters come out, it’s unclear whether his contract will be extended or finish as originally intended. But in a new interview, Evans revealed he’s open to playing Captain America in more projects.
The actor made it clear to Collider that if Marvel wants him back post-Phase Three, he’s willing to return, citing how great his job playing the Star Spangled Avenger is. Evans said:
Listen, if Marvel wants me, they got me. 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.
This echoes Chris Evans’ statement earlier in the year when he said he would consider a return, although he still plans to focus on his directorial pursuits more. Some fans have wondered if, like in the comics (even though it was temporary), Captain America will be killed in the MCU, thus leaving someone like Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. Winter Soldier) or Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon) to inherit his title (also like in the comics). However, if Evans is amenable to staying on and it fits with Marvel’s plans, then perhaps Steve Rogers will get to continue his adventures past 2019.
Evans also addressed the feelings of trepidation he felt years back when he was deciding on whether to star in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Fast-forward to now, and he can’t believe those are the feelings he originally felt. In his words:
It’s so mind-boggling that I was so tentative in the beginning to jump onboard. What an asshole I would be if I hadn’t done this. I mean can you imagine? Kicking myself—I’d never forgive myself!
Although Evans previously played Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch, in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, he’ll always be more well-known as Captain America, and with two solo films and two Avengers films currently under his belt, he’s left a unique mark on this cinematic universe, which will continue in the near future and possibly further.
We’ll see Chris Evans back in the MCU when Captain America: Civil War is released on May 6, 2016.