After a decade in the role of Marvel’s Captain America, actor Chris Evans has reservations about reprising his role in the future.
The end of Avengers: Endgame wrapped up Steve Rogers story pretty nicely, with the captain going back in time to return the Infinity Stones, and deciding to remain in the past with the love of his life, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). When we meet Steve again as an old man, he hands over his shield and Captain America moniker to friend Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), effectively allowing Steve to shed the persona and embrace a non-superhero life.
And it seems that Chris Evans is looking to do the same.
However, when he was pressed for a more definite answer, Evans was hesitant about a possible return.
“It’s not a hard no, but it’s not an eager yes either,” he said. “There are other things that I’m working on right now. I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey. If you’re going to revisit it, it can’t be a cash grab. It can’t just be because the audience wants to be excited. What are we revealing? What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together.”
Johansson, for her part, added that Captain America deserved his “beautiful cathartic ending” to which Evans replied, “It’d be a shame to sour that… I’m very protective of it. It was such a precious time and jumping onto the movie was a terrifying prospect to me. I said no a bunch of times, and there’s a million and one ways it could have gone wrong. It almost feels like maybe we should let this one sit.”
While it’s no doubt a disappointing thing for fans to hear, it’s also an understandable feeling. Steve Rogers’ arc has come to an end, and so it’s reasonable for Evans to see his time in role at an end as well – no one wants to see their favourite character rolled out every five minutes just to make some more cash, least of all those who brought the character to life.