Don’t Expect Chris Evans To Extend His MARVEL Contract

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Chris EvansChris Evans has been pretty busy lately. He starred in the highly-anticipated Snowpiercer movie from Boong Joon-Ho, he directed a movie of his own with 1:30 Train, he filmed his second outing as Steve Rogers with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and he’s getting ready to begin filming his parts for Avengers: Age of Ultron. That schedule would drive a normal man crazy, let alone a Super Soldier. That’s why Evans has announced that after his Marvel contract is up he’ll take a break from acting.

Speaking with the British magazine Glamour (via TV3), Evans lays out his post-Marvel plans. He tells the site “I think when I’m done with this Marvel contract, I’ll take a little break from acting. With acting, you’re one piece in a very big puzzle. It’s like you helped buy a gift but you don’t know what the gift is, so you come back and see the movie. Sometimes it’s nice, sometimes it’s tragic. This process [directing], you’re involved in every single decision.” It sounds like Evans may focus more on directing for a little while after he’s done tossing the shield around.

captain_america__the_winter_soldier___fan_poster_by_superdude001-d5a2vl8Just because he’s going on a break doesn’t mean he’s not happy playing Captain America. The actor talked about his original reluctance on taking up the role, actually turning it down a few times, and how he came around to like getting into Steve Roger‘s mind:

If I hadn’t done it, I’d be really kicking myself. At the time, it was a daunting task for a number of reasons, but in hindsight it was the right move. He doesn’t have demons. He’s not Batman, he doesn’t struggle with inner turmoil. The nature of this character is that he puts himself last and helps the common good. So he could easily slip into a world of boredom. The blessing and curse of Captain America is that he doesn’t have that fancy an ability. He doesn’t live in another world, or turn green. He doesn’t have bells and whistles, he doesn’t shoot missiles. He punches and kicks.

So we’ve got Evans for Age of Ultron and probably a Captain America 3 and the third Avengers, unless he starts making cameos in other films to run out the last few appearances on his contract. Evans was always serious about his role, but he seemed like he’d be the first Avenger to bow out once his original contract ran its course. With his departure coming up in a few years, Marvel will have to figure out what they want to do. They could go the route of letting the Winter Soldier take up the shield, or they could just flat out recast the role. What do you think about Evans‘ comments? How would you like to see Cap handled after the actor leaves?

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