In a new interview with his fellow Avenger actor Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans clarifies if he’d ever return to play the character of Captain America again. To be clear, there is no rumor or even hint that Marvel Studios wants his version of Cap back in the films. It’s also not really a definitive answer to the question that likely every interviewer will ask Chris Evans from now until he’s as old as his character is. Still, fans of comic book stories love to dream and thrive on hope. And Chris Evans gives that them in his answer.
The last few moments of Avengers: Endgame were bittersweet for Captain America fans. It showed that their favorite hero survived the events of the film, but it also definitively ended his story. Still, thanks to time-travel shenanigans, there is about 80 or so years of Cap’s life that remain unexamined. It seemed that he got a happy ending to his story. Yet the character established over the course of seven films doesn’t seem like one to rest on his laurels. Even if he was happy and content with the love of his life, it seems unlikely he’d ever give up the fight to do good. Surely, these are the questions that writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and directors, Joe and Anthony, Russo wanted fans to ask. Still, it gives Marvel, Evans, and any ambitious storyteller the room to tell another Cap story.
Chris Evans Might Return as Captain America, But He’s Hesitant
The conversation between Chris Evans and Scarlet Johansson comes from Variety, as part of their “Actors on Actors” series. The two are old friends. They first worked together more than 20 years ago on the film The Perfect Score. Since then, they’ve worked together a number of times, most famously as Captain America and the Black Widow. Johansson is not yet done with Marvel, her solo film comes out next year, but Evans is, essentially, through. So, it makes sense that Johansson would ask if Chris Evans would ever return as Captain America. Both because she’s a fan of the character and likes working with her friend. In fact, that she asked the question is probably why Evans gives what appears to be an unpolished answer.
“You never say never. I love the character. I don’t know…. It’s not a hard ‘no,’ but it’s not an eager ‘yes’ either. There are other things that I’m working on right now. I think Cap had such a tricky arc to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey. If you’re going to revisit it, it can’t be a cash grab. 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.”
In the interview, which you can watch in full above, Evans talked about how excited he was to try his hand at a new character after playing Cap for almost ten years. He also expresses his interest in doing more directing. What’s holding him back from that, he said, is that he has trouble writing. (Surely, Evans will now be inundated with scripts from many hopeful writers, including probably the entire writing staff of Comic Years.)
What’s most impressive about Evans’ answer, however, is his commitment to story. He expressly says that he wouldn’t return just as a “cash grab.” Marvel Studios would likely back up a Brinks truck full of cash in order to entice back a franchise star. Yet, even if his successive projects fail, he seems only concerned about returning to Marvel if the story is right. Which begs the question if Chris Evans should return as Captain America at all.
Should Chris Evans Return as Captain America?
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Chris Evans mentioned that one reason he remained hesitant to return as Captain America is that he didn’t want to “stay too long” at the party. Evans is satisfied with Cap’s arc. He thinks there may not be any more quality story to tell. He may be right. Cap fought for the system and then against it. He formed a fellowship, rebelled against it, and then reunited with them to save the universe. He sacrificed his chance at a normal life, then gets a second shot at it. There is also an argument to be made that if the MCU is to stay relevant, it has to evolve. They can’t keep returning to the same actors or characters. By not returning as Captain America, Chris Evans will make room for the next generation of Marvel stars.
On the other hand, plenty of people feel like we need Captain America more than ever. Currently, the country that is the character’s namesake is embroiled in political turmoil. Those on opposite political sides feel almost no kinship with one another. In fact, they see their fellow Americans as the enemy. Not since another Chris (Reeve) dressed up in a blue and red costume has a character that’s a “boy scout” so captured the attention of the populace. If stories have the power to inspire real-world action, then perhaps we need Chris Evans to return as Captain America. It’s a great character, and the actor is perfect in the role. For a generation of kids, this Cap is their Luke Skywalker. He’s an idealistic, moral, and pure hero fans can draw inspiration from.
What do you think? Should Chris Evans return as Captain America? Tell us why you think he should or shouldn’t in the comments below.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.