‘Captain America’ Star Chris Evans is Ready to Leave the Marvel Universe

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Chris Evans as Steve Rogers Captain America Star Chris Evans is Ready to Leave the Marvel Universe

Being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t exactly a side project, with filming and pick-ups/ADR taking up to six months for each movie and extensive press commitments surrounding every release. While the main stars of the franchise have found time to fit in acting roles in between their Marvel work schedules, it’s hard to imagine orchestrating a career change while tied to such a massive franchise.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Chris Evans is doing just that, however. He recently directed his first feature film, 1:30 Train, a drama starring himself and Alice Eve which was shot in just 19 days on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Evans has been hinting for some time that he intends to become a director and move away from acting – at least, in other people’s movies.

Speaking to Variety, Evans has clarified his intentions regarding his place in the Marvel universe and how much longer he intends to stay there.

He originally signed a contract for six movies and now – after two Captain America movies and The Avengers – he is halfway to fulfilling his contractual obligations, not counting his upcoming role in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In fact, Evans said that he had to argue Marvel down to that number, having told Variety:

“Initially, it was a nine-movie contract. And they said, if these movies take off and do very well, and my life changes and I don’t respond well, I don’t have the opportunity to say, listen, I need a f–king break. That just scared me.

“They called back and they tweaked the deal. It went from nine [films] to six. I said no again. My family was even going, ‘Are you sure you’re making the right decisions?’ It started to feel like maybe this is what I’m supposed to do.”

Unlike his on-screen counterpart, Evans was the very definition of a reluctant hero. He eventually caved after a series of pep talks, including one from The Avengers co-star Robert Downey Jr., but four years later he’s ready to start moving on and is already looking for a new feature film script to direct later this year.

“I’ve known for a while I wanted to direct. But (time) never really opens up. There’s another movie to do, there’s another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, you know what — I have to do this… If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing. I can’t see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I’m contractually obligated to do.”

Sebastian Stan The Winter Soldier header 570x294 Captain America Star Chris Evans is Ready to Leave the Marvel Universe

Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes AKA the Winter Soldier in Captain America’s latest adventure, is under contract for nine movies and will therefore still be around even after Evans’ retirement from the role. This has led to speculation that Bucky could eventually take up the mantle of Captain America from Steve Rogers.

Of course, it’s a bit early to start tearfully waving handkerchiefs at Evans just yet. With just three movies down (his cameo in Thor: The Dark World was agreed outside of the contract), he will go on to star in both the Avengers sequel and Captain America 3, and his final Marvel movie will most likely be The Avengers 3. Evans estimates there are about three years left before he’s free to move on.

“We can do this out loud. [Avengers 2] will shoot till August. I wouldn’t be surprised if for all of 2015, we didn’t do a movie. I bet by 2017, I’ll be done.”

While Evans has done a great job in the role of Steve Rogers, it’s understandable that he’s looking forward to being relieved of a role that he didn’t particularly want to take in the first place. The confirmation that he’s ready to exit the stage opens up some very interesting questions as to how Steve Rogers will be written out of the Marvel universe, and who will succeed him. Will it be Bucky Barnes, or will the “psychotic 1950s Cap” that’s been teased by the writers of Captain America 3 break free of his psychosis and become the main hero?

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out in theaters on April 4, 2014.

Source: Variety

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  1. I wouldn’t worry. After the fiasco that the upcoming F4 Crap will be, the rights will go back to Marvel.

  2. Seriously. I was going to comment the same thing.

  3. When Chris Evans was cast as Captain America I was uncertain he was
    the right choice. Now four years later I’m convinced that choosing
    him to play Cap was one of the smartest casting choices in superhero
    movie history.

    • The First Avenger was a risky movie and it paid off big-time. Whoever cast Chris Evans as Captain America deserves an award, really that whole first movie cast was perfect. Cap 2 could eaisly break $500 million, $750 isn’t unrealistic. Chris Evans has done a great job portraying Cap.

      • He’s definitely grown into and owned the role.

    • I bet captain america has never had a real job before…otherwise he wouldn’t worry about needing a break. How hard can acting really be? Some people can’t even find work and this guy is worried about not being able to take a break! Im sure he has a lot more time off than the average Joe. The least he can do is play his small role in these great movies!

  4. If Marvel combines aspects of the William Burnside character and the John Walker character into the CAP3 villain, then Marvel may also introduce the Scourge to assassinate the Burnside/Walker pyscho CAP. If Evans quits acting Stah / the Winter Soldier will be the new CAP.

  5. Hate recasting of a key characters. Instead for future installments they should merely water down their role in those films and have the actors on set for 3-4 weeks tops. This allows them to preserve the characters for core action scenes in every Avengers film and without having to pin them down for 5 months doing a full filming; we’ll leave that for the newer Avengers.

    Fun Fact: Hallee Barry reprised her role as “Storm” in the upcoming X-men movie. Her time filming? ONE WEEKEND ONLY!!

    They can keep these characters around for years and years; just use them quickly and in the most important action scenes.

    • And do you think her role in the film is a key plot element? Doubtful she’ll have more than 5 minutes of screen time.

      • True for maskless characters like Storm or Thor. However, guys like Cap, Julk and Iron man are usually masked and therefore the actors can do voice overs without having to be physically present at the scenes. This honors my idea of bringing them in for short filming and using hollywood magic to cover up their absence.

  6. This is going to be an issue for as long as the studios want to utilize comic book properties over the long haul as it relates to the actors playing the roles. Fatigue, age, loss of interest will set in for many of these actors and any fan that is honest will admit that seeing actors go to long in certain role is like watching an athlete play one season too many, it starts to decrease the quality of the product.

    The flip side to that is the idea they are just going to replace certain actors and the name value of the character will carry a franchise through is a gamble. The James Bond theory is just that, a theory. Not everyone has taken to every new Bond they cast, and the same might be said when and if they try to overhaul the Avengers or any comic property done by the various studios. It did not work over the long haul with Batman in the 90′s and it may not work going forward.

    • It was more the choice and vision of the director that didn’t work with Batman in the 90′s.

      And not everyone took to Daniel Craig initially, but look how thats changed. Each Bond actor has had their pros and cons, and brought something different to the character, even Lazenby.

      • I enjoyed Lazenby. His mistake was listening to his manager telling him that he’d made it and didn’t need to do any more Bond films. Because he was only in one film people assume he was a failure. In fact the studio wanted more from him. Look at his fight scenes were the most intense up until Timothy Dalton. The ending of OHMSS was certainly the most emotional. The only strange bit for me was his assumed Identity whilst in the alps. IMO

        Lazenby was very arrogant though and fell out with the studio when promoting the film, but near enough the same can be said for connery.

      • Agreed; the 90s Batman films were so inconsistent in all ways (directors, casting as a whole, quality, etc) that it’s hard to say that people didn’t like them purely because of the actor changes.

  7. Chris Evans is a great actor. Truly great choice for Captain America. It’s sad to hear he isn’t into acting as he is into directing.

    I can’t really give my comment on whether he should stay until Cap 3 or Avengers 3, because (1) we haven’t seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet and (2) we haven’t seen it Avengers: Age of Ultron yet. We don’t know what happens to his character.

    However, at this time, I would like to see Cap make it until at least Avengers 3, and here’s why:

    Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, and Chris Evans are THE FOUNDATION of the MCU, which currently is leading up to Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. Avengers 3 is the culmination of that storyline. Probably a decade of Marvel Studios’ work. If one of those actor’s aren’t in it, then it wont be the same anymore. I don’t care if you throw in the Guardians of the Galaxy, Ms. Marvel, Ant-Man, or Doctor Strange in Avengers 3. If you don’t have the core “foundation” characters of the MCU in Avengers 3, it will feel totally off.

    I’m glad RDJ is contracted to stay, I HOPE all the other actors stay as well.

    • Well after Winter Soldier he is still contracted for two more movies .. so Cap 3 and Avengers 3 seem to be he will HAVE to be in them per his contract.

  8. If Chris Evans is a good director and will still star in films directed by him then maybe (if he’s still wanted or needed in the MCU) they could hire him to direct or co-direct a Marvel movie where he still stars as Cap.

    Personally I think they could characterise and put more value on the Marvel Cinematic Universe if they do phase some characters out when their respective actors leave.

  9. Chris Evans was perfect casting.

    But I don’t get that even before CA2 comes out he’s over it already.

    Such a shame.

    I don’t hear Hugh Jackman complaining.

  10. I saw Cap 2 this afternoon, it’s the best Marvel film yet, in my opinion, really great stuff. There’s 2 scenes after the film as well, one during the credits and one just after. Loads of action, all really well filmed and the actors are all excellent. It’s a total triumph, well done to the Russo Bros, who would have guessed the directors of You, Me and Dupree would deliver the action so well?!

    • The raid must have been an influence in terms of action choreography

      • The choreography was great, i loved the nice wide angles on the fights, but to be honest (i know this isn’t a popular view) i think The Raid is the most overrated martial arts film since Crouching Tiger. I don’t think either of those films brought anything new to martial arts films except maybe over the top brutality in the case of The Raid. There were so many much better martial arts films before both of them, so it always surprises me that people talk about them in such glowing terms, although i realise i’m in the minority not liking them. In saying that, The Raid 2 looks brilliant, i’m looking forward to seeing it. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, though, wow, what a film!

        • I don’t see The Raid as a “martial arts film” really, the gunplay is where it sets new cinematic standards imo.

          I was wondering as I saw Captain America how it would compare to the Raid 2. Cap was pretty damn intense in the action department. It’s a modern action classic.

        • You’re right .You are in the minority , because you are just plain wrong . Next time keep it to yourself .

  11. He doesn’t want to be typecast and this is an ambitious move to go past being dedicating to the same thing for almost 9 years of your life like the original Star Wars trio did. Ford broke through, Hammill is big in voice acting but not traditional roles and Fisher. Uh, I guess she wrote a great book about going through rehab.

  12. So kill Cap in Avengers 3 and have Sebastian Stan aka the Winter Soldier replace him. Easy and satisfying fix.

  13. Believe the hype. 5 stars without question. Might be the best comicbook movie of all time. Amazing.

  14. As long as they don’t recast with Ben Affleck I’m fine with it. Chris did a good job! Seems like RDJ and Evans will be done at the same time after Avengers 3… So will Marvel press the reboot switch?

  15. His quote from the article on collider.com

    “Oh yeah, this was a big thing! I gotta watch what I say. I will absolutely clarify. I have a six-movie contract with Marvel and I absolutely plan on fulfilling them. This is without a doubt the biggest blessing in my life. Marvel has literally changed the game for me, and they make great movies. I did direct last year and it was a really fantastic experience, I really enjoyed it. So I’m certainly looking to do that a bit more, so when it comes to exploring other acting jobs I may not be as proactive in trying to find those, I may kind of stick with my Marvel universe in terms of getting in front of the camera, and then getting behind the camera outside of it.”
    Read more at http://collider.com/chris-evans-marvel-contract/#hGeIMTlpJG2gz6Ut.99

    Doesn’t sound like he is leaving Mrvel anytime soon to me.

  16. Marvel universe will falter and crumble when these stars go. Yes, they will have replacement superheroes but it will be a huge setback. Meanwhile, DC is cooling its heels, releasing one movie in 4 years. No universe being created there. No multiple movies and projects to look forward to. We love batman, superman etc, but DC is just too arrogant now with not wanting to do more work. Look at Marvel and all that they have achieved with lesser known superheroes while DC has the big ones in their house and still dish out movies at such a ridiculous speed. Its pathetic.

  17. Civil War, hey wait, That’s why comics are read, because they can’t make that into a movie. I would love to have the problem called, “Darn, I don’t want to be, THE MOST RECOGNIZED AMERICAN ICON NEXT TO UNCLE SAM, BASEBALL, APPLE PIE, & THE BALD EAGLE!!!!, I want to pursue, blah. That’s when ego and getting your way a lot allows you to contemplate such foolish notions. Marvel needs to run the real deal stories, not these mini soap-operas that play out like a special episode of Heroes or Lost(<-sux). Maybe then these actors will find more inspiration. All the luck to him but when you are less than successful, it is a little nauseating to hear people grumble about their success. We all deserve to have our way don't we? Lord knows several hundred thousand have, not that the 1%ers are of any issue, Disney resting in the top 6 media corporations globally, owning both Marvel and Star Wars, My advice to Chris is to not burn any bridges.

  18. Hoping Chris Evans Stay As Captain America he is doing a great job I watched Cap1 and just watched Cap2 and can’t wait to see him in Cap3 I like the Winter Soldier but I would not like to see Sebastian to be the next Cap.

  19. Just have a different actor play Steve Rogers should Evans push thru with his decision. It has already been done when they had Ruffalo replace Norton as Bruce Banner. Personally I’m saddened to hear that Evans isn’t really comfortable with this. But that’s how he is and I’ll respect that. May he continue reaching for his goals.

  20. Why not just get another actor to play Captain America? That method worked for James Bond films for years.

  21. Bye bye Chris. Helllooo Sebastian.

  22. It’s really pathetic how little Marvel pays them. To make 500,000 as the main character of a movie that makes 400+ million, and have to dedicate 6+ months to that. Absolutely pathetic and cheap of them.

  23. Check out “The Last Ship”- Captain Chandler is the perfect Captain America

  24. Replacing Cap with the Winter Soldier is inevitable for any franchise following its source material. If Evans wants to leave the franchise, I’ve shall have his way. But his exit may provide the necessary entry of Sebastian Stan.

  25. So since they did not mention Fantastic Four at all, does that mean that Human Torch will be recast, or that the Fantastic Four series is over?

    • You should really pay attention bro the fantastic four is rebooted and they finished production already now we’re just missing a trailer maybe in the next 3 months

  26. Chris did a fantastic job in CA2-The Winter Soldier.That movie is easily in my top 5 favorite movies in the Marvel world.Come back and keep playing Cap,you”re a great actor Chris.

  27. I kind of doubt the truthfullness of Chris evans’ initial hesitation. Marvel calls and says “we wanna do the biggest Movies in Hollywood history, with you as our poster boy. want in?” and Chris evans, a nobody with flops like ff4 1 and 2 and push under his belt, looking for paid work to anyone who would hire him says “nah, I don’t know about this… I’m gonna have a chat with my folks and listen to what they say if I should say yes to this multi-Movie multi-million-dollar deal that will bring me recognition and millions of dollars for years and years to come or play some inconsequential tv-doctor in any random soap”.

    yeah, sure.

  28. I need you to be the good soldier that we need you to be and “be there” because we need you, now how much is it going to cost u.s. uahh Universal Studios or whomeva?! I don’t care what it costs as long as you play your part.

  29. 6 months? 3-4 principal. And a few days of pick ups and ADR.

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