What this mean’s for the thematic guts of the upcoming “Infinity War”, I don’t know, and quite frankly, I don’t want to know – there’s nothing worse than going into a film knowing what to expect and anticipating each beat (it could be why I’ve stopped reading scripts) because you’re top-to-toe familiar with the source material; fresh eyes all the way, now – but it sounds like Chris Evans is about to hang up his star-spangled underoos soon… in fact, very soon.
Foolishly (has he not heard of this new contraption called the internet? What about that new breed of online journalist whose primary goal is to find scoops within the few words actors say in interviews? Marvel can’t be happy with Evans’ retort here, that’s for sure) Evans is telling one of the major broadsheets that after he finishes the two-part “Avengers : Infinity War” movie saga, his tenure as Captain America is up. No, his contract isn’t up and its negotiation time, no, no, this is Evans himself saying he’s given notice.
In a lengthy New York Times profile, the ex-Johnny Storm let slip that after the two “Avengers : Infinity War” movies, he’s done. The article states that “For now, he has no plans to return to the franchise” and quotes the actor as saying: “You want to get off the train before they push you off.”
The interview suggests that Evans, 34, who has headlined two solo “Captain America” movies before joining forces with his Super friends for the team-up movies, is looking for new challenges.
“When I think about the times that I’m happiest, it’s not on a movie set. I’ve stopped thinking about my trajectory, or my oeuvre, or whatever pretentious word you want to use. I’m just following whatever I feel creatively hungry for.”
Hmmm. Personally, I’ll be bummed to see Evans leave the Shield behind – for whoever is next in line to yield it, be it Anthony Mackie’s Falcon or Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier – but he has paid his dues, as have a lot of his “Avengers” teammates. So while the current Captain America might be headed for the exit door at Marvel soon, let’s not assume Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man or Chris Hemsworth’s Thor aren’t also on the way out – after all, besides having paid their dues too, contract negotiations are coming up.
Joe & Anthony Russo’s “The Avengers : Infinity War” releases April 27.