Is this the end of Captain America?!

When “Captain America: The First Avenger” hit the big screen in 2011, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was not the box office juggernaut that it would become. The previous films had all been successful, but the game was truly changed soon thereafter when heroes and villains converged in “The Avengers”. Then, with rapid fervor, the MCU began to expand in all directions, transforming the standard comic book blockbuster into something new. Finally able to deliver stories much greater than the sum of their parts, Marvel Studios championed unique voices and grew a tremendous audience eager to listen. Now, nearly a decade after he helped define a universe, Chris Evans hints that perhaps his fearful trip is done.

While he doesn’t specifically say that he’s turning in the shield after next year’s still untitled “Avengers: Infinity War” followup, it sounds like the 2019 release could very easily by Cap’s last gleaming. Whether that means death, retirement or something else altogether for Steve Rogers remains to be seen, but it’s safe to say that, whenever Evans leaves the franchise, he will be greatly missed.

Evans was no stranger to Marvel when he joined the MCU. He had previously starred as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, in both “Fantastic Four” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”. Evans’ comic book credits don’t end there, either. In fact, next year’s “Avengers” will mark his 15th big screen comic book movie, including nine MCU entries and adaptations like “The Losers,” “Snowpiercer” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”.

Very little is known about the fourth “Avengers” outside of the fact that it will hit the big screen May 3, 2019, but check back for details as they become available.

Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.


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