We all know that Chris Evans‘ contract with Marvel ends after the untitled fourth Avengers film, but now we can sigh in relief as it sounds like he is willing to take up the shield once more. He doesn’t say if he’d be up for just ensemble films or as a side character as Robert Downey Jr. has negotiated for his Iron Man or if he’d be up for more headliners. This could be a breath of fresh air for fans who were worried that we might be without Steve Rogers in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe sooner than later. While it doesn’t guarantee that he’ll be back, it is clear that he is open to returning.

While being interviewed for his role in ‘Gifted’, his work as Captain America certainly came up and he stated:

“It’s really not up to me. My contract is up. I’m not going to sit here and say, “No more.” I think Hugh Jackman has made 47 Wolverine movies, and they somehow keep getting better. It’s a character I love, and it’s a factory that really knows what they’re doing. The system is sound, over there. They make great movies. If they weren’t kicking out quality, I’d have a different opinion. But, everything Marvel does seems to be cinema gold. And like I said, I love the character. The only reason it would end is ‘cause my contract is up. After Avengers 4, my contract is done. Talk to Marvel. If we engage further, I’d be open to it. I love the character. It’s almost like high school. You certainly always look to senior year, and then, all of a sudden, senior year happens, and you’re like, “I don’t know if I’m ready to go.” It’s tough thinking about not playing the guy.”

It sounds like if Marvel wants him back, he is open to it but contract negotiations might not be too easy. Especially when last week Esquire’s profile explained that his time was almost up:

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.

While Marvel could easily have Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes or Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson take up the shield as both The Winter Soldier and Falcon have become Captain America in the comics, I think we can all agree that Evans returning as Rogers would just feel right.

Would you be happy to hear that Chris Evans and Marvel Studios work out a deal or are you curious how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will move forward without one of their main Avengers as it is only a matter of time before one has to be subbed out? Share your thoughts below True Believers!

Source: Collider

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