Fans have known for years that the looming third and fourth Avengers films would be a big moment for Marvel Studios, it’s fans and it’s characters. Thanos is coming and things seem ominous, but also it’s going to be for sure a time to be saying goodbye to some characters & actors that the audiences have come to love.
Major contracts for the big stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe end with next summer’s Avengers 4, and likely many of those contracts will not be continued as actors move onto other things and Marvel moves the focus to the newer characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther (Shuri and the Dora Milaje and others too), Captain Marvel and more.
Now we know pretty much for certain who one of those goodbyes will be for Chris Evans and Captain America.
Speaking in a longer profile with The New York Times, Evans revealed that when he finishes up reshoots for Avengers 4 this fall it will be the final time he dons the Captain America costume he’s been wearing some variant of since 2010/2011.
“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he said.
It’s a logical sentiment as by the time the film arrives the actor will have dedicated over eight years and nine films to playing the sentinel of liberty for the studio. After debuting in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, Evans played the role through the next two Captain America movies and soon all four Avengers films as well as cameos in Thor: The Dark World and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Previously Evans extended his original contract with Marvel enough that he could appear in Avengers 4, as did many other of the stars so that they could be part of the big culmination of what the studio has been building for years.
Evans departure leaves the door open for fan desires to see either Sebastian Stan’s Bucky or Anthony Mackie’s Falson pick up the shield and mantle much like both characters did at different times in the comics.
Avengers: Infinity War opens on April 27 while Avengers 4 arrives on May 3, 2019.