Chris Evans has confirmed that he’s leaving Marvel Universe after Avengers 4, according to an interview with USA Today.
“I’ve had a great run,” Evans said. “Superheroes are reinventable entities, like Batman or even James Bond. These movies find new incarnations and new ways to tell the story. I am all for it. However, if they want to proceed after Avengers 4, it’s really up to them. I walk away with no regrets and endlessly thankful.”
After Evans completes “Avengers: Infinity War” (in theaters May 4, 2018) and “Avengers 4” (May 3, 2019), his contract ends. Evans said that Marvel executives are too busy with the complicated Avengers universe to even discuss the possibility of renewing his contract.
The news isn’t surprising since rumors of Evan’s leaving from MCU have been spreading since the actor talked about the possibility of retiring three years ago.
“Bless those people. My mother will be leading that fan base,” Evans said about leaving fans behind.
Evans admits it will difficult seeing another person take over his role as Captain America.
“I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be hard for me,” Evans said. “But the passing of time and the passing of torches is part of the experience. Nothing lasts forever. There’s a beauty in that departure, even if it can be sad at times. It’s also joyful.”
Evans did mention that he will not miss the intense workouts required for his blockbuster role. He’s just started exercising for Avengers and is already feeling the struggle.
“When you’re creeping on 36, working out is a little bit harder. Not impossible, but it just gets a little bit more daunting,” Evans said, who laughs about how he’ll look after Captain America. “I’m just going to get fat. Potato chips, ice cream before bed. It’s like, ‘Guess what, everyone!’ “
Cinemablend reports by the time “Avengers 4” comes out, Evans would have being doing his Captain America role for eight years.
Evans also hinted that Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr may be closer to quitting.
“[Robert] Downey [Jr.] is far closer to reaching that point where he may walk away,” Evans told USA Today. “And I don’t know how you replace Downey as Tony Stark. I don’t know who else can touch that.”
Downey Jr. debuted as Iron Man and kicked off the MCU back in 2008. The 52-yr-old actor is not contractually obliged to return as Iron Man after completing his Marvel films.
Evans and Downey Jr. play the oldest members of the Avengers. Downey Jr. is also the oldest actor of the bunch while Evans plays the actual oldest character, since Captain America is technically 98 years old, Bustle reports.
Although Evans and Downey Jr. may be done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon, they both still have a few action films to reprise their roles as. Both actors will appear in the “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4.” Downey Jr. will also appear this summer, July 7 in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”