Marvel fans were writhing in their parent’s basements this past week. Chris Evans has been rumored to be finished with his role of Captain America (Steve Rogers) after “Avengers 4,” which is set to air in May 2019.
The New York Timesprofiled the superhero actor, reporting that he may opt-out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MUC) franchise after reshoots for the fourth-installment of The Avengers series. It seems as if the 36-year-old is ready to move on to some more diverse roles, citing Hollywood’s turbulent nature:
“You want to get off the train before they push you off”
While he’s most famous for donning the red, white, and blue uniform on-screen, Evans first superhero role was not actually as Steve Rogers.
He first appeared in the MUC in the 2005 film Fantastic Four, playing Johnny Storm (aka ‘The Human Torch’); then again in the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. For anyone who’s aware of these movies, they never made too much of a splash in the box-office – burning quicker than ‘The Human Torch!’
Although it may have seemed like Evans superhero career had come to a close, he made a rare cross-comic leap in 2011, starring as Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger. He starred in two more “solo” films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, ending the shield-wielding superhero’s trilogy. According to Box Office Mojo, the Captain America franchise has earned a combined $920-million.
Stemming from the solo movies, Evans and his character have played a major role in Marvel’s box office hit series: The Avengers. The popular franchise has grossed nearly $1-billion dollars since it’s first-installment was released in 2012. The third movie in the series, Avengers: Infinity Wars, is poised to break all box-office records as it hits theaters on April 27, 2018.
Captain America isn’t the only Avenger whose future is in question. In 2017, Robert Downey Jr. told News Corp Australia Newtork that Tony Stark (Iron Man) wants to go out on his own terms:
“I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”
The two actor’s alleged exits from the franchise come at a time when fans everywhere are concocting theories about what might happen to their characters, and the future of The Avengers franchise.
Some people believe that Captain America and Iron Man will heroically parish in the heat, battle, sacrificing themselves for the greater good of Planet Earth. Others speculate that their characters will simply be replaced, like DC has done with Batman and Superman actors.
While comic book nerds argue about their fan theories, Evans is busy expanding his showbiz career to the Broadway stage. The actor recently signed-on to play the chauvinistic NYPD officer, Bill, in Kenneth Lonergan’s play, Lobby Hero. The musical is set to hit the stage on March 26.
Still, the fate of ‘Cap’ and his fellow Avengers hangs in the balance. Either way, there is no doubt that the 36-year-old Evans has made his mark on the silver screen.
Now that he has possibly hung up his shield for good, maybe it’s time for him to remake his best role: Jake Wyler in Not Another Teen Movie!