Chris Evans has played Marvel Studios' Captain America since 2011, but the way he is now talking, 2019's fourth Avengers film could be his last. Although in the past the actor has gone back-and-forth about his long-term prospects for reprising the role of Steve Rogers, in a new interview with USA Today the 35-year-old Bostonian says that it could become a role with interchangeable actors a la James Bond or Batman.
"I’ve had a great run. Superheroes are reinventable entities, like Batman or even James Bond. These movies find new incarnations and new ways to tell the story. I am all for it," said Evans. "However they want to proceed after Avengers 4, it’s really up to them. I walk away with no regrets and endlessly thankful."
Although not quoted directly, USA Today says that Marvel hasn't even approached Evans to extend his contract after the fourth Avengers movie, which is currently filming now in conjunction with its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War.
"I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be hard for me," said Evans. "But the passing of time and the passing of torches is part of the experience. Nothing lasts forever. There’s a beauty in that departure, even if it can be sad at times. It’s also joyful."
Evans will be 37 when the fourth Avengers film is scheduled to be released, and says that age - not only of him, but his co-star Robert Downey Jr. - could preclude him from carrying on their roles any longer.
"When you’re creeping on 36, working out is a little bit harder. Not impossible, but it just gets a little bit more daunting," said Evans, who laughs about how he'll look post-Captain America. "Downey is far closer to reaching that point where he may walk away. And I don’t know how you replace Downey as Tony Stark. I don’t know who else can touch that."
Prior to extending his deal as Iron Man before Captain America: Civil War, Downey also talked extensively about hanging up the Iron Man costume once and for all.