One of the steadfast, original member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it doesn’t bode well for Captain America’s survival in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, as actor Chris Evans has confirmed that he is done with playing the First Avenger when the Russo Brothers’ untitled fourth instalment comes to an end.

Evans, along with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth, helped to launch Phase 1 of the MCU, by playing history’s first Avenger, Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America. In addition to fronting a trilogy of successful solo films, the actor also had a leading role in the first two Avengers films, and is set to return for both the third and fourth (if set photos of Avengers 4 are anything to go by). It had always been said that Phase 3 would mark the end of the 36-year-old’s time in the MCU, and now it has been confirmed for fans.

In an interview with The New York Times, Evans confirmed that there would be no contract renewal for Phase 4 and beyond. The actor explained that he had finished filming his last Captain America scenes (barring reshoots), and he spoke candidly about the future of the fan-favourite character:

“You want to get off the train before they push you off.”

Chris Evans has already extended his contract once, as he signed on for Infinity War – but when the Russos decided to make the film a two-parter, he signed longer in order to accommodate. Some fans hoped that it would lead to a rolling deal, on a film-by-film basis, however, it seems that Evans feels that it is time for him to bow out gracefully. Which is understandable, as the actor has given over 7 years of his career to the role, and it is far better he leave on a high, rather than wait until fans are sick of seeing him. It could happen – it probably wouldn’t, but it could.

So, savour Captain America in the upcoming Avengers films, because it will likely be the last we see of Evans in the role.

Avengers: Infinity War hits theatres everywhere on April 27th.

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