Chris Evans has seemingly shot down reports he could play Captain America again after rumours swirled on Friday morning.
Deadline first reported the news after a source told the industry publication that Evans could reprise the role in “some form”.
According to the report, Evans wouldn’t film a new Captain America movie, but appear in other Marvel films like how Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) featured in Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man films.
For what it’s worth, Evans has indirectly addressed the report.
“News to me,” he tweeted on Friday morning with a shrug emoji.
News to me????????♂️
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 14, 2021
He could be acting coy, he could genuinely mean it. Anything could happen, it’s Disney.
In Evans’ last appearance as the beloved superhero in Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers passed on his shield to Anthony Mackie‘s Sam Wilson, thereby bringing an end to the character’s storyline in the MCU.
During a 2019 instalment of Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Scarlett Johansson, who starred as Black Widow in the MCU, asked Evans if he would ever return to the role.
“You never say never,” he answered. “I love the character. I don’t know.”
Pressed further, Evans added: “It’s not a hard no, but it’s not an eager yes either.”
The actor also praised Captain America’s ending in Endgame, saying that it allowed his character to complete his journey.
“If you’re going to revisit it, it can’t be a cash grab,” he told Johansson. “It can’t be just because the audience wants to be excited. What are we revealing? What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together.”
Extremely fair point.
Evans aside, there’s still a lot to look forward to as Marvel continues working on Phase Four of the MCU.
WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, is set to premiere on Disney+ on Friday evening (tonight).
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, starring Mackie and Sebastian Stan in the title roles, will premiere March 19, after being delayed a whole bunch due to the coronavirus.
In May, Loki will make its debut on the streaming service, starring Tom Hiddleston as the god of mischief.
Then, you have the films slated for release this year.
Black Widow, starring Johansson and Florence Pugh, will premiere April 29, followed by Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings come June 8.
Simu Liu, best known for his role in Kim’s Convenience, will make his debut as Shang-Chi in the film, co-starring Awkwafina and Benedict Wong.
Last but not least, Marvel will release Eternals, set after the events of Endgame. The film will follow a group of very, very old aliens who have been secretly living on Earth for thousands of years, but are forced to come out of the shadows and reunite against their ancient enemy, the Deviants.
The film stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, the now-buff Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, and Kit Harrington.
Marvel’s current collection of films are available to stream on Disney+ now.