Chris Evans Has Changed His Mind About Leaving Marvel

Captain America might be sticking around for a while.

Back when Chris Evans was first cast, I had my doubts about him. Who didn’t? All I had seen him do was play The Human Torch, a Marvel hero that could not be more different from Captain America, and yet in 2011, he proved to be perfect for the role, and he’s continued to prove it time and time-again. Now, he’s finally spoken about wanting to continue on as Steve Rogers. Hallelujah.

Thus far, his intended future at Marvel seemed pretty shaky. It was less than six months ago that he said wanted to leave acting behind in order to focus on directing (his debut feature Before We Go opens today), and it seemed pretty certain that he’d be done with Captain America after Avengers: Infinity War Part II in 2019, a re-negotiated seventh appearance on his six-film contract. But now, he seems to have re-thought that decision.

“Listen, if Marvel wants me they got me.”

He goes on to talk about how Marvel consistently makes great movies, and all the stuff you’re used to hearing actors say about the people who employ them, but it’s with a renewed enthusiasm, and that opening statement, delivered with gusto and confidence, is the important part. It’s the first time he’s spoken publicly about extending his contract beyond 2019, and what a time for him to mention it! This past Monday, we got word that Kevin Feige had managed to get Marvel out from under vice grip of Ike Perlmutter. On Wednesday morning, Devin posted some details on the dissolution of the supposed blockade known as the Marvel Creative Committee. This interview was held later that same day.

I don’t think this is a coincidence. Whether Evans became aware of the restructuring through the press or whether he was privy to it beforehand, it’s clear that he’s changed his mind about his future working relationship with Marvel. Many, including myself, had just sort of assumed that with the end of Phase III we would also see the end of Kevin Feige’s time as President, as well as the departure of Evans’ Steve Rogers, the heart and soul of the MCU. Now I’m not so sure.

What a week for Marvel.