Rumor Has It?
Rumor has been spreading around that Chris Evans is putting down the shield. Yes, that shield. It is true that he had declared that he would no longer be an actor, reaffirming to Variety that he's done with it and plans to retire at the end of his Marvel career.
He has directed a 19 day short film that he filmed in New York, called Before We Go featuring himself and Alice Eve, which received a 6.9 out of 10 for the IMDB rating. So he's decided that he enjoys directing, but acting is now off the table? Why?
His Most Popular Role
Well that's because he's most popularly known for his role as Captain America, not for any of his just-as-fantastic roles (that was kind of an indirect reference to Fantastic Four). If you even search him up on Google, it'll show the Marvel movies as the most popular of his films, particularly: Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Avengers, and Captain America: The First Avenger. But there are so many other good movies with him in it!
My favorites, that are not Marvel, are What's Your Number? (2011) and Playing It Cool (2014). Yes, these are romantic comedy films, but he does such an amazing job in them. In fact, if you watch interviews of him, it appears that he is more of his comfortable self in his other movies, instead of the patriotic (and yoked) Captain America.
There isn't anything wrong with that role, but it is always nice to see an actor in his skin with a comedic movie. Sadly, Chris notices that people don't necessarily appreciate his small movies just as his role as Captain America.
As we all know, Marvel is pretty strict with their actors when they are deep in the filming process. In this case, Chris Evans is said to have two movies left as a contract to Marvel. One of those is Captain America: Civil War, which means that Avengers: Infinity War is the last one. So, this is the last of Chris as Captain America?
Apparently Sebastian Stan is said to have to take up the shield when Chris puts it down, but I don't know how to feel about Stan taking that role. It isn't that he is not worthy:
Sorry I just had to. But the thing is, Evans fits the role so well, and has been doing it for quite a while. To keep it straight, let's say that he will forever be my Captain America. And Seb will be my Bucky. Simple as that.
Let There Be Hope
Yet it appears that Evans isn't quite ready to resign the shield just yet. I mean, who would, right? When Evans went up to the Toronto International Film Festival, promoting Before We Go, he spoke to MTV and reassured his fans that it will be quite a while until he will be willing to give up his most beloved character. He said:
"Who’s handing off the shield? Don’t take my job from me prematurely, dude. I’m sure it’ll happen at some point, all good things have to come to an end. But I’m really happy playing the character." — Chris Evans
Since Infinity War still has a while to come (two years to be exact, until 2018), we still have time with Chris. But it appears that Marvel Studios has a plan for this man of action. It is known that Sebastian Stan has a nine-picture-deal, yes nine-picture-deal with Marvel, which is a full three features longer than the original deal with Evans in the first place. And since Bucky has only appeared in three titles, that leaves six movies left for us. If we count Infinity War, then there will be five films. And with those five? He could become the new star-spangled hero.
The important thing that we should all take note of is that Chris Evans has had such a huge impact on the Captain America franchise and the MCU, so there is no doubt that the company wouldn't mind sorting out a deal to gain Chris a gig. Like RDJ for example — he extended his contract with the company a few years back (his original contract was supposed to end with Avengers), so why can't Chris do the same? I mean, yes his six-movie-contract is nearly done, but maybe he can have a small character roll in Phase Four? Maybe just not a leading character?
But to look at it this way, even if Seb takes up the shield, then Chris can come back through flashbacks and hallucinations. It isn't that bad then, is it?