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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a behemoth in the film world, and recently extended to the small screen with WandaVision. Kevin Feige has been keeping his cards close to the chest regarding Phase Four and Phase Five, and there are countless fan theories as a result. It was recently reported that Chris Evans was in negotiations to reprise his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and now Feige has addressed them directly.
Captain America was one of the main characters of the MCU throughout the Infinity Saga, and Chris Evans put a ton of heart and athleticism into his role. Evans' contract was up with Avengers: Endgame, which gave his character the happy ending he deserved. This is partly why rumors about his return went viral, and Kevin Feige responded recently, saying:
Well, that seems pretty cut and dry. It looks like there are currently no plans for Chris Evans to return to the MCU as Captain America. At least, in live-action. After all, his character is set to have an episode of the animated series What If...?
Kevin Feige's comments to EW are one of the rare times when Kevin Feige personally shut down a rumor about the MCU. After all, the popularity of the property has seen countless theories and ideas spiral around the internet. But it looks like Chris Evans will indeed be enjoying a break from his role as Captain America, possibly making the way for a replacement in Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson/The Falcon.
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This news about Chris Evans not returning as Captain America might be disappointing for some fans, but it makes a great deal of sense both in-universe and in the real-world. Cap constantly sacrificed himself for others, so it was massively satisfying to see him go back in time and live his happy ending with Peggy Carter. And for Evans, his schedule was majorly freed up for the first time in years. So that quick of a return to the MCU would definitely be surprising.
On the flip side, Chris Evans could have probably negotiated for a major payday if he did return for negotiations with Marvel. Now that he's outside of his contract, there's no limit on how much he could ask for another appearance in the MCU. But it looks like that isn't happening anytime soon. At least, according to Kevin Feige himself.
While he's not returning, the legacy of Chris Evans' Captain America should be a major subject in the MCU's next show on Disney+. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will debut this week, and the trailers have made it clear that Steve will be a shadow looming over those title characters. We'll just have to see if Sam actually becomes the next Captain America throughout its run.
The next installment in the MCU is Black Widow on May 7th. In the meantime, check out our 2021 release list to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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