Every so often we get to this point in an actor’s contract where the future seemed uncertain. Following Iron Man 3, it became clear that Marvel Cinematic Universe poster boy Robert Downey Jr was approaching the end of his contract, and there was a lot of speculation that this could be the end. Given that Downey ended up in Captain America: Civil War, and that he’ll be around at least through Avengers 4, it’s clear that renegotiations are always up for discussion.
The same can be said of Chris Evans. This was an actor who initially seemed unsure and uncomfortable in the role of Captain America. While the first film did well enough, it by no means catapulted his character to the forefront of everyone’s favorites list. That wouldn’t come until Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it’s around that time that Evans seemed to be fully on board as the character. Since that time, Evans has gone on the record of saying how much he loved the character, and that as someone who’s been in a lot of bad movies, it’s nice going into a project knowing that it’s likely going to be a great one.
Of course, this didn’t stop fans and outlets from speculating about the actor’s status in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His contract would be up after Avengers 4, and when that happens, would he still be up for playing more Cap? Speaking with Collider, he mentioned his willingness to re-up his contract:
“It’s really not up to me. 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. The system is sound, over there. 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. 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.”
The Wolverine comparison is a good one. While the character has been around for a solid 17 years on film, with each successive Wolverine-centric flick, the stories and development only seemed to improve. Marvel Studios has proved their ability to churn out consistent quality, and so long as they keep on developing the characters and giving them real dramatic arcs, there’s no reason to think that great actors like Chris Evans would come back.
While, yes, actors do like to be pushed in new directions, they also enjoy being in films that do well. With Marvel, they seem to get the best of both worlds. The films are beloved, and the studio has been willing to let these characters continue to change from movie to movie. It’s by no means a static world, and it’s in that whole idea that the MCU continues to be successful.
When all said and done, if Marvel Studios wants to continue to use Steve Rogers, I’d be surprised if Chris Evans turned it down. What about you? Do you think Evans will inevitably re-up his contract after Avengers 4? Let us know in the comments down below!
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
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