“You Want to get off the train before they push you off.”
After playing the American hero for a better part of a decade, Chris Evans is finally hanging up his star-spangled helmet.
In a profile in The New York Times, Evans confirmed his departure from the Avengers. Evans, who plays Steve Rogers, a.k.a., superhero Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has recently wrapped filming for the final two Avengers films he was contracted for. Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to debut next month and the still untitled Avengers 4 is planned for 2019. With his contract up, Evans has no current plans to return to the franchise. He said, “You want to get off the train before they push you off.”
It is not much of a surprise that Evans is leaving the Cinematic Universe. Fans of the Marvel films have been expecting major changes to the franchise to be revealed after the upcoming Avengers: Infinity Wars. It was only plausible that some of the original Avengers like Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, or The Incredible Hulk may move away from the spotlight. Evans has been playing Captain America for 8 years. In Marvel Comics, Captain America is a symbol of hope, portrayed by many soldiers including The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, both of whom have been introduced in the franchise already. In the comics, there are many more Captain Americas. Perhaps with Evans leaving, another Captain America will emerge on to the silver screen to take his place.