No matter how things go for the good guys in the two Avengers: Infinity War films, it's beginning to look like the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) won't have Steve Rogers/Captain America to kick around for much longer. Chris Evans has seemingly confirmed that he will hang up Captain America's shield after the fourth Avengers film, due to be out in 2019.
Unfortunately for everybody on Team Cap, Evans has confirmed in a New York Times profile that he “has no plans” to return to the MCU after Avengers 4, noting that the film’s reshoots in the fall will mark his last time tossing the shield around - at least professionally.
Evans adds that “you want to get off the train before they push you off,” which seems like an excellent philosophy, but it does mean we only have so many more opportunities to hear Captain America comically misunderstand some piece of modern culture, make the other superheroes jealous with some fantastic display of super-strength, or glance longingly at his very good friends Bucky and The Falcon.
Evans has played Captain America since 2011’s The First Avenger, 2012's Avengers before returning with one of the MCU’s most beautiful offerings, 2014’s The Winter Soldier, 2015's Age of Ultron and finally 2016’s Civil War. His original contract was for six films, but when they split Infinity War into two parts, it meant that Avengers 4 was the final film in his deal.
In the comics, Steve Rogers is only one of the three characters who play Captain America, and two of his comic book replacements are already present in the MCU: Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier (played by Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson, the Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie). Fans have long suspected that Rogers could die as part of Infinity War or its follow-up, leading to another character picking up the mantle - has Evans just added fuel to the fire?