As Marvel Studios prepares to transition to Phase Four after its two upcoming Avengers films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Untitled Infinity War Sequel, we could be looking at a barely recognizable Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Evans, who has played Captain America in the films, is currently filming both of those movies, which shoot back-to-back in Atlanta, and it seems that they could be his last turn as the star-spangled Avenger.
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' exit comes at the same time Ben Affleck is rumored to want out of playing Batman, either before or after the now-delayed filming of The Batman. Unlike Ben Affleck, who has distanced himself from The Batman over many months with disparaging comments about its script, however, Evans seems to enjoy playing Captain America, even going so far as to punch Nazis in real life on Twitter.
So if Evans likes being Cap, why would he give it up?
Maybe, like Hugh Jackman, he just wants to eat cheeseburgers again.
Or perhaps the answer is he doesn't want to. Unlike the comic book world, where stories are routinely leaked to Rich Johnston every time he goes to use the washroom in a local pub resulting in multiple Dan Slott Twitter outbursts each week, the movie industry is far better at managing their relationship with the press. Therefore, if Chris Evans' looming contractual end is in the news, it's probably because somebody wants it to be in the news.
Could it be Evans himself, looking to negotiate a new deal? He would make a nice addition that rumored Nick Fury solo movie featuring the Red Skull, now wouldn't he?
Then again, this strategy could have unexpected results as well. What if Warner Bros, looking for a Batfleck replacement and seizing the opportunity, signs Chris Evans to be the new Bruce Wayne? That would be more shocking than learning Captain America has always secretly been an agent of Hydra, wouldn't it?