With less than three weeks to go for the launch of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel fans are already mourning the release of the film. Not because it will mark the end of the Infinity Saga (Marvel’s slate of 22 released movies so far), but because they will say goodbye to some of their favorite superheroes.
Fans’ tears knew no end when Captain America – Chris Evans took to social media to announce that Endgame will be his last appearance as the first Avenger. But fans already knew that that was coming. Evans’ seven film contract with Marvel was going to come to an end with the release of Endgame.
But because Marvel is quite notorious at keeping things under wraps and bringing back characters, fans were hoping that this news may not be true. But it seems like Evans will put down the Captain’s shield for good at the end of Endgame. He did so before in Captain America: Civil War but fans had guessed his return in the final two Avengers movies.
Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 4, 2018
Evans first picked up the shield in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, the fifth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga. The film was commercially successful grossing over $370 million at the box office. Even critics praised Evans’ performance and lauded the film’s recreation of the 1940s era in the film. Evans then reprised his role in the first Avengers movie released in 2012 and 2014’s Captain America: Winter Soldier.
However the actor, who shot to fame in 2001’s Not Another Teen Movie, has more than 50 movies to his credit. Though this actor/director’s Marvel journey may be coming to an end, he will next appear in Rian Johnson’s (Star Wars: Episode VIII) Knives Out which is going to release in late 2019.
Who is Chris Evans
Thirty seven-year-old Evans hails from Boston and made his acting debut in the 2000 television series Opposite Sex. He went to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and did small roles in television series and worked as a model for sometime. After gaining recognition in Not Another Teen Movie, Evans snatched the lead in two films: The Perfect Score and Cellular. He then went on to star to two independent films as well – Fierce People and London.
He then starred as the Human Torch in the 2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of Silver Surfer. Evans then starred in a couple of other comic book movies like The Losers and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World which established him as a bankable star.
By late 2010, he had been tapped by Marvel to play Captain America but after having done his fair share of comic book related movies, he was not sure if he wanted to pick a multi-film deal with Marvel. Legend has it that Evans was convinced to sign up for the role by none-other than our favorite genius-billionaire-philanthropist superhero Iron Man.
Evans said that he had turned down the role of Captain America twice before he got an ‘extremely encouraging’ call from Robert Downey Jr, who eventually convinced him to play the role. Marvel was very keen to get Evans on board and even knocked down his appearance contract from nine to six films.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Evans said: “Getting the offer felt to me like the epitome of temptation. The ultimate job offer, on the biggest scale. I’m supposed to say no to this thing. It felt like the right thing to do.” But it was only when Robert Downey Jr. contacted him that Evans seriously reconsidered.
The fate of Captain America
Given how Avengers: Infinity War ended, fans have been worried that Captain America will not make it to the culmination of the series. Even Evans has left fans guessing as to his fate. However, at a press conference held for Endgame, he almost spilled the beans as to the fate of his character. “It’s the completion of the arc, that’s safe to say, right?” Evans says as he looks to Endgame co-director Joe Russo for approval. “This movie does provide kind of an ending to a lot of –“
Evans’ comments inadvertently suggest that Captain America’s storyline in the MCU may be coming to an end. However if the Captain is able to make it out alive at the end of Endgame, it is highly unlikely that he will play a titular role in any future movies.
Marvel is bringing Phase 3 of its cinematic universe to a close with its upcoming release and given that it wants to push its newest superheroes in Phase 4, Evans’ appearance may be much smaller than anticipated. The same may also apply to Robert Downey Jr. who may also hang up his boots after this movie.
By casting Evans, Marvel has given the MCU one of the best superhero characters of all time. Even RDJ agrees: “At the root of it, he has true humility,” he said. “I think it’s the reason he was able to kind of come to the front and be our team leader in the Avengers. I think a lot of his theater experience helped, too. Because it was like, ‘OK, I’m going to dress up, I’m going to go out, and I’m going to tell the truth.’ It’s very kind of old-school Spencer Tracy. Although I guarantee you Spencer Tracy never would’ve put on that getup.”
What next for Captain Evans?
News broke on April 7 that Chris Evans is planning to launch a political website which will have him interviewing senators and Congressmen on both sides of the aisle as they answer pertinent questions about key issues that affect Americans.
According to a report in Mashable: As reported by CNN, the video shows Evans meeting with congresspeople, including Senators Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, and encouraging them to answer questions about prescient political issues on camera.
Guess the cat’s outta the bag 🙂
Thank you to everyone who has already participated!! https://t.co/yj5FrmlWFr
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 6, 2019
Besides this, he is also set to make a comeback to the small screen with Defending Jacob. Set to debut in fall 2019, Defending Jacob is a scripted legal drama that has been ordered by tech giant Apple to be a part of its streaming service. Evans is set to play the father of a teenager on trial
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Handmaid’s Tale actors Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel and Sakina Jaffrey will co-star in Defending Jacob. Two American Gods actor’s have also been roped in to star alongside Evans in the drama.
The trailer for Evans’ next project, Knives Out, premiered at CinemaCon 2019 and generated a lot of buzz. Starring opposite Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer, Evans is all set to lose his good boy image in this Rian Johnson directed movie.
The movie is a crime whodunit similar to the stories of Agatha Christie. Director Johnson said that he has been waiting for over a decade to get this movie made. “Knives Out was my attempt to take everything I love about an Agatha Christie whodunit,” he said, and “jam it into an all-star cast, give it a Hitchcock twist and set it in modern-day America.”
Knives Out drops in theaters on November 27, 2019.