Thursday, March 16, 2017
Looks like the burden of "wielding the shield" as Captain America may be up for actor Chris Evans once Avengers: Infinity War comes around in 2018, as a feature on the American star and director via Esquire suggests that he is ready to move on from the Marvel Cinematic Universe once he fulfills his six picture deal with Marvel Studios.
"Back in 2010, Marvel presented Evans with a nine-picture deal. He insisted he'd sign on for no more than six. Some family members thought he was nuts to dial back such a secure and lucrative gig. Evans saw it differently.
It takes five months to shoot a Marvel movie, and when you tack on the promotional obligations for each one, well, shit, man. Evans knew that for as long as he was bound to Captain America, he would have little time to take on other projects. He wanted to direct, he wanted to play other characters—roles that were more human—like the lead in Gifted, which will hit theaters this month. The script had brought him to tears. Evans managed to squeeze the movie in between Captain America and Avengers films."
Looking at it that way, you can't really blame Chris for wanting to pursue other endeavors. Training and working to become Captain America takes a lot of time, and he has more than fulfilled his fair share of work for the MCU. Whether the mantle will be passed to Sebastian Stan's Bucky or Anthony Mackie's Falcon remains to be seen, but if Evans does leave Cap behind he will do so with conviction and a good movie gathering all the MCU key players in Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018 in the US.