Chris Evans, for many, has taken up the mantle of Captain America and has, in many ways become a physical embodiment of the character much like Robert Downey Jr. has for Iron Man or Hugh Jackman for Wolverine. It is, as a result, hard to imagine anyone else playing the role. Following the conclusion of the fourth installment of The Avengers however, that is exactly what we are going to have to do.
In a recent, in-depth interview with Esquire, Evans revealed that the taxing filming, marketing and training regimes involved in playing the Captain America role has left the 35-year-old actor with little time or energy to pursue other projects.
In this excerpt from the Esquire story, author Maximillian Potter outlined Evans’ concerns:
“It takes five months to shoot a Marvel movie, and when you tack on the promotional obligations for each one, well, shit, man. Evans knew that for as long as he was bound to Captain America, he would have little time to take on other projects.”
With an exit from the MCU all but certain at this point, it will be interesting to see if the Russo brothers will choose to have Cap sacrifice himself in the coming battle with Thanos. Following Civil War, Steve Rogers (Captain America) had found himself in a place unfamiliar to him, on the wrong side of the law. As a consummate representative of what is true and right, this is an unfamiliar place for him and one can expect only the grandest gestures will redeem him.
Much like the possibility of replacing Jackman’s Wolverine, a replacement for Chris Evans in the Captain America role is sure to give Warner Bros. a headache. And in true fandom fashion, the choice is sure to anger many fans regardless of who it is.
Infinity War is set to be released on 4 May 2018, while the as yet untitled Avengers 4 is expected a year later on 3 May 2019.