When we last checked in with Captain America star Chris Evans, we learned that his deal with Marvel to play Steve Rogers could accurately be described as Schrodingers’ Captain America Contract. Until we actually get to Marvel Studios Phase Four, we must assume that Chris Evans both will and won’t be Captain America. Along with vague comments referencing a “skull” from Samuel L. Jackson and the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy will get a threequel, news of Evans’ uncertain contractual status even made our list of Everything We Know About Marvel Studios Phase Four.
Well, Chris Evans is back in the news again, and if you guessed that’s because he made more comments in the same vein as the ones he’s been making for at least the past year which provide no insight into whether he will actually return after his contract ends with Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, Avengers: Untitled Infinity War Sequel, then you might be getting the hang of this entertainment journalism thing after all (it’s a cutthroat business and the pay is crap, but on the bright side, it involves almost no actual work and you don’t even have to use spellcheck).
It was in an interview with physics-themed pop culture website Collider where Evans most recently commented on the Captain America role, spawning headlines on every other comic book and entertainment website.
“It’s really not up to me,” Evans said of his deal with Marvel which, to be fair, is actually at least partially up to him. “My contract is up. I’m not going to sit here and say, “No more.” I think Hugh Jackman has made 47 Wolverine movies, and they somehow keep getting better. It’s a character I love, and it’s a factory that really knows what they’re doing.”
In case Marvel wasn’t getting the hint, Evans continued to hint that he would perhaps be willing to return to the role, as long as Marvel continues to pay him lots of money.
“The system is sound, over there,” Evans explained. “They make great movies. If they weren’t kicking out quality, I’d have a different opinion. But, everything Marvel does seems to be cinema gold. And like I said, I love the character. The only reason it would end is ‘cause my contract is up. After Avengers 4, my contract is done.”
“Talk to Marvel,” Evans said, though it’s unclear whether fandom will get 10% as Evans’ official talent agent. “If we engage further, I’d be open to it. I love the character. It’s almost like high school. You certainly always look to senior year, and then, all of a sudden, senior year happens and you’re like, ‘I don’t know if I’m ready to go.’ It’s tough thinking about not playing the guy.”
So will Chris Evans return to play Captain America after Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, which are currently filming back to back? We have no idea what might have led you to believe this article might have the answer, but it doesn’t. No one knows. Check back tomorrow though, just in case.
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