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Report: Chris Evans In Talks To Return To MCU As Captain America

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BY February 11, 2021

In the world of comic book movies, never say “never.” After the release of Avengers: Endgame, the original six Avengers seemed poised to bow out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yet, comic book fans have a hard time letting go. Chris Hemsworth will return as Thor. Mark Ruffalo will return as the Hulk. Jeremy Renner will return as Hawkeye for a Disney+ series. And fans have been awaiting Scarlett Johansson’s solo outing as Natasha Romanov in Black Widow. There are even rumblings that Robert Downey Jr. will return in some way for the new MCU projects announced on Disney Investor’s Day. Now, a new report says that Chris Evans is close to a deal that will have him return to the MCU as Captain America. Marvel had no comment on the report.

The end of the last Avengers film saw Steve Rogers getting his happily ever after with Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter. He also returned to the “present” to give his iconic shield to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson. (The story of whether or not he adopts the Captain America identity is a big part of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.) So, it’s unclear whether or not he’s coming back for an appearance in the MCU’s past or if he’ll be back as young Cap in future projects.

The report says that Evans is not expected to star in a fourth Captain America movie. Rather, he will likely appear in smaller roles in a number of projects. This is similar to the deal Marvel Studios struck with Robert Downey Jr. after Iron Man 3. He appeared in the third Captain America film, the Spider-Man film, and two Avengers movies.

Update: Chris Evans Speaks Tweets!

A few hours after this report hit, Chris Evans took to Twitter to comment…by not directly commenting. He tweeted “news to me,” suggesting that he isn’t actively in talks with Marvel Studios right now. This could mean that this report is a mistake. However, countless actors in high-profile projects have had to deny these reports. Soon-to-be She-Hulk Tatiana Maslany flatly denied the discussions, only to be announced in the role some weeks later. Also, Ewan McGregor frequently had to lie when asked if he’d return as Obi-Wan Kenobi, because he wasn’t allowed to announce it. Captain America coming back would be a huge deal, one they’d want to announce in a way to maximize its impact. (Perhaps at Comic-Con 2021 or the D23 Fan Expo, if they happen.)

What do you think? Are you happy Chris Evans might return to the MCU as Captain America? Do you think he’ll be “our” Cap or from some other corner of the multiverse? Share your thoughts below.

Featured image via Marvel Studios

h/t Deadline.


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.

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