Every time we’ve chatted with Chris Evans on the set of a Marvel Studios production or in interviews promoting their releases, the topic of his contract and long-term story arc as Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes up. It’s been widely publicized how when Marvel and Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston first tried to sign Evans he was reluctant to lock-in for a 9-picture deal and instead signed for six movies.
That means his job is technically complete with Avengers: Infinity War in 2018-19 and while Evans has stated he wishes to retire from acting and focus on directing after his Marvel obligation, his tune has changed as of late. Perhaps part of that has to do with the leadership shake-up at the top of Marvel Studios. We know he’s more excited than ever to be where he is, leading the studio’s biggest film to date in next summer’s Captain America: Civil War and he’s very happy to continue working with directors Anthony and Joe Russo – who return after Captain America: The Winter Soldier for Civil War and will be back for both Avengers 3 and 4.
Now Evans says he’s definitely game to keep on playing WWII veteran Steve Rogers in the MCU and would absolutely sign-on for more movies. That gives Marvel some options to play with when planning Phase 4 of the MCU in a few years. In the meantime, Captain America: Civil War will serve as the completion of the Captain America trilogy, so says Marvel Studios boss and producer Kevin Feige last night while promoting the in-home release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“It’s very much, in a certain way, the completion of a Captain America trilogy. I think one day you’ll look back and watch — Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War — and it’ll be one of the most unique and different trilogies ever around a single character.”
Despite the massive ensemble of heroes (and potentially, villains) Civil War will feature, Feige assured the crowd in attendance that Captain America 3 “is very much a sequel to Winter Soldier.”
Of course, this “trilogy” is specific to Steve Rogers and his story, but as we know from the comics, Captain America is a mantle, a symbol that can and probably will live on in other characters in the films as it does in the source material. Bucky Barnes a.k.a. The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson a.k.a. Falcon (Anthony Mackie) could both potentially pickup the shield and suit up a star-spangled outfit to help lead The Avengers in future movies as the roster continues to evolve and rotate. Mackie says that’s not necessary in interviews while Stan seems excited at the idea of playing Captain America himself (and he has a 9-picture deal with the studio).
Captain America: Civil War may round out a trilogy of movies based around Steve Rogers and his role in the world, and Marvel may focus mainly on only using solo character movies to introduce new characters going forward, but we can easily envision Captain America 4 featuring an ensemble with another characters serving as the titular lead.
The question now is whether or not he films will follow the comics in that Steve Rogers could “die” at some point and later return. Evans is game. What would you like to see in a fourth Captain America in Phase 4?
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man– July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.