This week has done wonders for shutting down fan theories. Earlier in the week, Mark Ruffalo revealed in an interview that the Hulk was written out of [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), which destroyed a lot of fans' hopes for a Hulk vs. Red Hulk battle in the film. An even more popular fan theory is that Captain America would meet his end in Civil War, as he did in the comic series of the same name. And while his contract runs through Infinity War, there's nothing that says his appearance in that film couldn't be in flashback.
There was ample evidence to support the theory, too. Several of the key characters for his death, including Sharon Carter and Crossbones, are both in the upcoming Marvel film, not to mention Bucky Barnes, who replaces Steve Rogers as the red-white-and-blue Avenger in the comics.
Well, Chris Evans, the actor behind Captain America himself, unintentionally shot down the theory in an interview with Collider.
"Listen, if Marvel wants me they got me. I’ve never had such a relationship where you have such—I mean look at my resume, I’m used to being on set being like, ‘Ah is this movie gonna be terrible?’ Marvel just can’t stop making great movies, they do it in their sleep. It's wonderful directors and producers and actors and scripts, and it’s like a playground as an actor."
He even addresses his hesitation about initially joining Marvel as Captain America.
"It’s so mind-boggling that I was so tentative in the beginning to jump onboard. What an asshole I would be if I hadn’t done this. I mean can you imagine? Kicking myself—I’d never forgive myself!"
By simply stating that he loves what Marvel has been doing with superhero movies, he slipped in a little phrase at the beginning that at least opens the possibility that his death isn't as inevitable as most fans think.
"...if Marvel wants me they got me."
In simpler terms, Evans is up for more films as the star-spangled shield-wielder as long as Marvel keeps offering. And with someone with such star power being open to a new deal, Marvel might be willing to retcon the storyline to include him in future movies.
Perhaps Tony Stark might die instead, as many other fans have been theorizing, or maybe we are just going to have to deal with the fact that Marvel wants to keep their characters alive. Sure they killed off Quicksilver in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), but maybe that was a one-time tragedy. After all, they are going to need every hero at their disposal to face Thanos in [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027).