Although Chris Evans has embraced his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, things didn’t exactly get off on the right foot. The actor famously balked at Marvel Studio’s initial demands that he sign to a nine-picture deal, eventually talking them down to six. In case you haven’t been keeping track, that means Avengers: Infinity War represents final obligation to Marvel and he’s free to walk away after finishing work on that film.
Now, a new profile in Esquire seems to suggest that the actor is definitely ready to leave the role, with this passage in particular claiming he’s done (note that there is no direct quote from Evans himself):
Settling in on the couch, he groans. Evans explains that he’s hurting all over because he just started his workout routine the day before to get in shape for the next two Captain America films. The movies will be shot back to back beginning in April. After that, no more red- white-and-blue costume for the thirty-five-year-old. He will have fulfilled his contract.
Evans has made no secret of the fact that he wants to move into directing more films and as Esquire’s article notes, the lengthy shoots and promotional tours demanded by the MCU leave the actor little time for this. Of course, the studio could always make Evans an offer he can’t refuse (we hear dump trucks full of money tend to help in these situations) if they end up wanting him back even just one more film post-Infinity War, but as things stand right now, it’s looking more and more like Infinity War will be Captain America’s last stand … or at least, this version of the character, as other actors could always step in to take over the role.
We’re sure we’ll hear more about all of this as we get closer to Avengers: Infinity War, the first part of which is slated to hit theaters on May 4, 2018.