It’s kind of old news, but it has resurfaced that Chris Evans‘ contract to play Captain America for Marvel will end following the next two ‘Avengers’ movies, which are now shooting. The report comes from Esquire, who reveal in a recent profile:
Settling in on the couch, he groans. Evans explains that he’s hurting all over because he just started his workout routine the day before to get in shape for the next two Captain America films. The movies will be shot back to back beginning in April. After that, no more red- white-and-blue costume for the thirty-five-year-old. He will have fulfilled his contract.
Certainly, the actor has long said he wants to eventually turn to directing (“I think when I’m done with this Marvel contract, I’ll take a little break from acting,” Evans stated in 2014) but, just like Robert Downey Jr. who previously teased about leaving the Marvel-verse, he knows where his bread and butter comes from. And equally forgotten is an interview from 2015, in which Evans stated he’s not shutting the door on Marvel once his contract expires.
“I think it’s almost like high school. You’re kind of always looking ahead, about when you’ll graduate, but then when graduation day arrives you kind of don’t want to leave,” he told the GT Times (via Nerd Reactor). “I AM gonna try and focus on directing a bit more, but by no means am I done acting. And if they’d have me back, yeah, I’d probably consider it.”
So don’t worry, I’d place a pretty good bet that Marvel and Evans will come to some kind of arrangement.
Meanwhile, “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” isn’t even here yet, but director James Gunn is pretty damn confident there will be another installment.
“There will be a ‘Guardians 3,’ that’s for sure,” he told Complex. “We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do really, that’s all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the ‘Guardians’ or something else? I’m just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks.”
Gunn remains heavily invested in the characters, and recently told io9 he’s advising the Russos and the actors about how the ‘Guardians’ appear in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War,” so it’s probably safe to say that even if he moves on from the director’s chair, he’ll be involved in some capacity.
The overriding theme for this article seems to be: you might be done with Marvel, but Marvel will never be done with you. Or vice versa.