All good things must come to an end and it looks as though Chris Evans’ tenure as Steve Rogers/Captain America is one of them. Evans has completed filming of next year’s untitled fourth ‘Avengers’ movie and following planned reshoots later this year, he says he’s hanging up the red, white and blue super suit for good.
“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he said, recently. He also added:
“I used to have thoughts of wanting to climb to the top of something, or wanting to be somebody. But when you get the thing that you think you want and then you wake up and realize that you still have pockets of sadness, and that your struggle will reinvent itself, you stop chasing after those things and it’s liberating, because you realize that right here, right now, is exactly all I need.”
Evans is gearing up for his Broadway debut in a show called ‘Lobby Hero’. He recently took up tap dancing and also plans to explore carpentry and sculpting. He now says he doesn’t intend to make more than one film a year, although he has several in the pipeline. He is set to star in ‘Jekyll’ as a descendant of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. He is also headlining the historical drama ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’.
Of course he is best known for playing Steve Rogers, first in 2011’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, followed by ‘Avengers’ in 2012, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014), ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015), and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016), not to mention cameos in ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’.
No telling how Marvel Studios will handle the loss of Evans as Cap. In the comics, both Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson/The Falcon have subbed for Rogers. The films could follow that path.
As for Evans, he concluded:
“When I think about the times that I’m happiest, it’s not on a movie set. I’ve stopped thinking about my trajectory, or my oeuvre, or whatever pretentious word you want to use. I’m just following whatever I feel creatively hungry for.
“I’m not afraid to take my foot off the gas. If someone said tomorrow, ‘You’re done, you can’t do anything else,’ I’d be O.K.”
Source: The New York Times