Even though Captain America: Civil War isn't officially in theaters yet, Chris Evans is already looking ahead to his future as Steve Rogers. While he's not sure exactly what the future holds, Evans says he's "ready" for more time behind the shield.
"In the beginning, it’s so terrifying, and now you’re almost scared to walk away. I’m scared to not have one of these coming," Evans told Collider. "For the past six years, it’s always been, ‘Next year, we start that one.’ And it’s been wonderful, especially because the movies are so good. When you make good movies, who wants to stop doing that? So I don’t know. We’ll see."
Evans went on to explain that he's willing to do what's best for Captain America, even if it means passing on the mantle to someone else, as Steve Rogers has done several times in comic books.
"I know in the comic books that the shield gets passed off, and what you do know, more than anything else, in this process, meeting fans, doing these junkets, meeting people who love the character, is the character is bigger than you. And whatever the character needs, whatever Marvel needs for that arc, I’m willing to do. So if that is me passing it off, I’ll pass it off. But if they wanna make more, I’m ready."
In 2014, the actor told Collider that his deal with Marvel was for six movies as Captain America, with brief cameos like Thor: The Dark World not counting towards that. Captain America: Civil War would be Evans' fifth substantial appearance as Captain America, putting any future appearance - such as Avengers: Infinity War, Part One - as the final one of the actor's original contract. From the actor's statements this week however, he looks to be open to renewing that contact, though he says "There's no re-upping yet."
Two possible candidates who have wielded the shield in comic books, Winter Soldier and Falcon, both appear in Civil War.
Thinking about the next generation of Marvel heroes, Evans also spoke about meeting Tom Holland, the new Spider-Man, for the first time, when Holland showed off his already famous spider-like acrobatics.
"I got to do a couple of test screenings with potential Spider-Mans, and even the first time we read with Tom [Holland], the scene we read says ‘Spider-Man flips into the scene.’ So I read with a couple guys and then Tom was the last one to go. And Tom said before they rolled, ‘Do you want me to flip in?’ And everyone from Marvel said, ‘No!’ like they didn’t want him to get hurt, and the Russos were like, ‘Yes!’ And sure enough, this kid just absolutely Spider-Man’d into the scene and landed in the most superhero pose, and nailed the scene. It really felt like ‘Wow, this is Spider-Man.’"
Finally, looking ahead to Avengers: Infinity War, Evans says he knows what directors the Russo Brothers have planned, and he "doesn't envy" the films writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley.
"They told me everything. And I don’t envy Markus and McFeeley. Those guys have a big task in front of them."
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6.