We could be saying goodbye to Captain America once all is said and done in Marvel‘s fourth Avengers film, scheduled to arrive next year.
Well, at least saying goodbye to Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, who we’ve been following since 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. After all, the mantle could be passed on once he’s gone.
It’s been the question that many MCU fans have had on the road to Avengers: Infinity War and the still untitled Avengers 4: who will die? With an overall narrative arc that’s been going for ten years, costly wages for some of the more seasoned cast members, and a number of contracts coming to an end, it’s been no secret that some of our favourite characters may be exiting. Even Kevin Feige confirmed as much.
Which brings us to a recent interview Evans had with The New York Times. The outlet wrote:
Last year, [Evans] filmed back-to-back the final two Marvel movies for which he is under contract — Avengers: Infinity War, due in April, and a sequel planned for next year. For now, he has no plans to return to the franchise (“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he said), and expects that planned reshoots in the fall will mark the end of his tenure in the familiar red, white and blue super suit.
So yeah, looking at that paragraph on face value, it certainly appears that Evans will actually be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe following the culminating chapter. It also reaffirms what he said around a year ago.
“I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done, but they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter. They said they had so many other characters to fit in – Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ant Man – and couldn’t get them all into one movie. [I agreed] because it made sense. It’s going to wrap everything up.”
Assuming he does exit, the question becomes, just how will Steve Rogers be written out? Will he die? Or will he simply hand on the mantle and ride off into the sunset? And if he does hand on the mantle, will it be to Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) or Sam Winston aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) … or someone else entirely?
Get ready: Avengers: Infinity War will arrive in Australia on April 25 and opens in the U.S. on April 27.