While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is booming, it seems that the future of some its biggest stars remains uncertain. Marvel boss Kevin Feige has already spoken about the direction of the franchise after Robert Downey Jr leaves, and now the Captain America star Chris Evans has hinted that he too might step away from his role in the next couple of years.
In a recent interview with the Telegraph, Evans explained that his contract initially ended after Avengers: Infinity War, which is set to arrive next year. “I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done,” he said. “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.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that Evans has spoken about leaving. In 2014, the actor revealed that he was hoping to move from acting into directing. “I’ve known for a while I wanted to direct. But [the time] never really opens up. There’s another movie to do, there’s another acting job,” he stated. “I can’t see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I’m contractually obligated to do.”
Avengers: Infinity War is currently in production and should hit theaters on May 4, 2018. The film was originally set to be released in two parts, shot back-to-back. However, the fourth Avengers movie has since become a completely separate film, and it was recently confirmed that it won’t enter production until after Infinity War wraps. Both films will be directed by the Russo brothers, who helmed the last two Captain America movies.
In April, Feige hinted that the Marvel universe might go in a different direction after Avengers 4. “Right now, [it starts] with where we wanna take the stories,” he said. “Certainly as we get to Avengers: Infinity War there will be a sense of a climax. By the time we’re at the untitled Avengers 4, 22 movies will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”
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