Avengers: Infinity War is going to be huge and, for the heroes of the MCU, devastating. We’ve heard that at least one of the big Avengers is going to bite it by the end of the duology of Infinity War and Avengers 4, so things are definitely looking grim. But for at least one of the Avengers, it’s just business. Actor Chris Evans confirmed that the culmination of the first three phases of the MCU also marks the end point for his tenure as Steve Rogers.
In a profile by the New York Times, Evans confirmed he has no plans to continue playing Cap following the last reshoots for Avengers 4 this fall.
“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he said.
A lot can change in a few years. Back in 2015, Evans was saying that he would play Cap as long as Marvel wanted him. Now, though, it seems things have changed. Evans’ contract with Marvel was supposed to end as the credits on the upcoming Infinity War roll, but Thanos’ grab for power is simply too big for one film, what with the Avengers, Guardians, and more coming together to defend earth and stop the Mad Titan.
“I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could’ve said after the third Avengers I was done,” Evans told the Telegraph last year. “But they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter. They said they had so many other characters to fit in… and couldn’t get them all into one movie. [I agreed] because it made sense. It’s going to wrap everything up.”
What’s Evans’ future look like? Right now, he’s playing a creepy cop in a Broadway show called Lobby Hero. He’s previously spoken about settling into the directors’ chair. With an iconic character like Cap playing a major role in seven huge movies, he’d be leaving a plenty-big mark behind if he never got in front of the camera again.
Whether Cap puts down the shield willingly at the end of Avengers 4 or the decision is forced on him, Chris Evans is ready to move on. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27.