Chris Evans on Why He Doesn't Think He'll Be Returning to the Role of Captain America

Chris Evans weighs in on why he doesn't think he'll return to the role of Captain America.
Chris Evans weighs in on why he doesn't think he'll return to the role of Captain America. | Jerod Harris/Getty Images

It's been over a year since I openly wept in a movie theater when Chris Evans made his final appearance as Captain America in Avengers: Endgame. The superhero's arc concluded with him going back in time to live out his life with lost love Peggy Carter and handing off the mantle of Captain America to Sam Wilson. It was a pretty satisfying ending for a character who fans saw transform from a man plagued with various health problems into a super-soldier who never backed down from a fight. Chris Evans was the perfect choice for the role, bringing humanity, nuance, and strength to his performance as America's hero. Even though Evans' portrayal is much-loved by Marvel fans, DigitalSpy reports that the actor doubts he will return to the MCU.

Speaking on the May 29 episode of The Graham Norton Show, Evans was asked if it really is the end of the line for Steve Rogers. "Yes – I think it is,” he answered. "It was a great run and we went out on such a high note that it would be risky to revisit it in my opinion. It was such a good experience and I think it's better left that way." Evans has previously stated that he would leave the role of Steve Rogers behind once his contract with Marvel Studios concluded. "It's not a hard no, but it's not an eager yes either," he replied. "I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey."

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Even if he did return, Evans insists that it must be authentic to the character. "If you're going to revisit it, it can't be a cash grab," he said. "It can't be just because the audience wants to be excited. What are we revealing? What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together." If you're itching for a Steve Rogers fix, you can watch all of the installments of the Captain America franchise, as well as Avengers: Endgame, on Disney+ with a subscription here.