The internet has been buzzing lately with speculations that Chris Evans is reprising his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain America and that he’s been talking about it with some studio executives.
On January 14, the 39-year-old actor himself shut down such rumors on Twitter where he wrote, “News to me” together with a shrugging emoji.
He didn’t say anything else regarding the matter but many fans posted their replies and reactions to his post. The actor made sure he showed his appreciation to them by writing, “Some of the gif responses are priceless … good work, everyone,” adding three crying laughing emojis to his tweet.
So what caused all of this? His message came a few hours after Deadline reported that the Captain America will be suiting up for an upcoming Marvel movie and hope for a second one. However, Marvel didn’t comment on this. Based on Deadline’s report, Captain America will have his appearance but he won’t be the focus.
Evans’ last portrayal of the hero was in Avengers: Endgame which was released in 2019. In the final scene, his character was seen passing his shield to Falcon, portrayed by Anthony Mackie. Fans interpreted this as his way of handing off his title as well.
He first suggested ending his time as the legendary soldier in 2018 when they wrapped production for Endgame. He tweeted then, “It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.”
Meanwhile, The New York Times wrote about his plans of retiring as Captain America after they competed reshoots for Endgame. He told the publication, “You want to get off the train before they push you off.”
He was first slated to portray Captain America in six films. In June 2017, he told the Telegraph, “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.” He agreed to stay and work on Endgame.
Evans’ portrayal as Captain America appeared several times in Marvel films. To be specific, he appeared every year from 2011 to 2019 while doing other projects at the same time.