Besides Robert Downey Jr., none of the current Avengers actors are as visible as Captain America himself, Chris Evans.
Evans only has two more films left on his deal to sort out the madness that he left behind in Captain America: Civil War.
As both Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers 4 (2019) prepare to provide both closure and a rebirth for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, change is all but confirmed.
Expiring contracts and clues that lie within the ink of existing story arcs on Marvel’s greatest pages are fueling plenty of theories as to what happens next.
There is also the fact the third phase of the MCU ends with Avengers 4. Those close to the plans of Phase four are not even revealing titles which is telling in itself seeing that Marvel has always been willing to publicly project where their ship was heading.
What we do know is this both Downey and Evans are tipping their hands and setting up their departure from the stories that have brought so much to.
“I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be hard for me,” says Evans. “But the passing of time and the passing of torches is part of the experience. Nothing lasts forever. There’s a beauty in that departure, even if it can be sad at times. It’s also joyful.”
“I’ve had a great run. Superheroes are reinventable entities, like Batman or even James Bond. These movies find new incarnations and new ways to tell the story. I am all for it,” says Evans. “However they want to proceed after Avengers 4, it’s really up to them. I walk away with no regrets and endlessly thankful.”
Evans also let it fly that as was expected Downey Jr. is ready to walk away from Tony Starks.
“Downey [Jr.] is far closer to reaching that point where he may walk away. And I don’t know how you replace Downey as Tony Stark,” says Evans. “I don’t know who else can touch that.”
You don’t. Which is why conclusions are being drawn about who will die and step down during the upcoming saga.
All that is certain is that a Spiderman: Homecoming sequel and a third act of the Guardians of the Galaxy are in the loop that starts in 2020.