Chris Evans Opens Up About Leaving The MCU’s Captain America Role

Chris Evans Opens Up About Leaving The MCU's Captain America Role

More than three years after exiting the MCU in Avengers: Endgame, Chris Evans opens up about walking away from the Captain America role.

Chris Evans has opened up about exiting the MCU and leaving the Captain America role. The actor is currently busy promoting his new film, Pixar’s Lightyear, in which he plays the human character that Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear is based on. Despite this, and several other acclaimed roles since his last MCU performance in 2019 through Avengers: Endgame, the actor continues to be somewhat synonymous with Marvel after playing Steve Rogers/Captain America for almost a decade.

Endgame marked the ending of the Infinity Saga and also functioned as the swan song for some of the franchise’s founding heroes. Like Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Evans’ Captain America ended his MCU story in the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed film, passing the mantle on to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson/Falcon. Since then, Evans has been busy pursuing other endeavors outside the comic book sandbox with films like Knives Out and the upcoming The Gray Man. Amidst all this, Evans has admitted that there are certain aspects of playing the Star-Spangled Avenger that he still misses.

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Speaking with Kevin Polowy as part of the press junkets for Lightyear, Evans spoke about the process of leaving the Captain America role and the MCU in general. The actor reminisced about how his life had been in the decade that he was involved with Marvel Studios. Evans said that, while it may be tedious at times, there are things that he misses about the franchise, because of his deep investment in Captain America and his love for his fellow MCU stars. Read his full quote below:

“You know, it’s different. It’s different. For ten years, you always have a movie around the corner. For ten years- it’s always, you finish one and your life is scheduled by, ‘Okay, six months, we have press. Six more months, we start up on the next movie.’ To kind of have open waters, there’s parts of it that are nice and there are parts of it that I really, really miss, because it was a role that meant a lot to me. And I love those people and, you know, it’ll be the best ten years of my professional life without any question forever.”

Steve Rogers in Captain America the First Avenger

Evans’ reflection on playing Captain America is fascinating considering that initially didn’t even want the job. When Marvel Studios was looking for an actor to play Steve Rogers, they were set on bringing him in for the role, but the actor wasn’t interested. He turned Marvel boss Kevin Feige and his team down multiple times, not wanting to be locked into a contract if the movies were unsuccessful. Given his experience with Fox’s critically panned Fantastic Four movie in 2005, these worries are understandable. Ultimately, however, Evans accepted the job as Captain America following some convincing from both his mom and Robert Downey Jr., who was already cast as Iron Man. A decade later, Evans’ Captain America has firmly been established as one of the most beloved characters in the franchise.

Aside from the fact that he was praised in the role as Captain America, Evans sees the central upside of playing the MCU hero as making some now very close friends. It’s no secret that the original six Avengers have a strong bond even off-camera, to the point that many of them even got matching tattoos (bar Mark Ruffalo). In any case, while the MCU already has a new Captain America in Sam Wilson, Evans’ comments calling his time as the iconic character the best of his career speaks to his deep love for the role, which is just one of the many reasons that audiences will never forget his iteration.

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Source: Kevin Polowy/Twitter

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