“Would you come back?” Johansson asks. At first, Evans seems to be somewhat uncertain with his reply: “You never say never. I love the character. I don’t know.” However, the actor follows it up with:
“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 act 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 other words, while Evans doesn’t say “never!” to this idea, he makes it pretty clear that there would have to be a really good reason for Cap to return.
Avengers: Endgame writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus are less hesitant to voice their displeasure with the idea. Speaking with Screen Rant, the duos stated they felt that bringing back Cap would cheapen his final moments in Endgame. “I love writing for Cap, I love Evans,” Markus says. “But I really feel, much like Tony, we got them to a place where they don’t need to do it anymore. I’d hate to gin up something hokey to get them back.”
Warning: Hopefully, you’ve seen Avengers: Endgame by now because spoilers will be found below.
Prior to Chris Evans’ formal exit from the MCU - and passing of the shield by an aged Steve Rogers to Sam Wilson’s Falcon in Avengers: Endgame - the actor dodged plenty of questions on the subject, which felt like a poorly kept secret. This was actually something that he danced around for years before finally confirming his plan to the New York Times right before Infinity War hit theaters in 2018. Now that he’s out, can Marvel Studios pull him back in? Evans will reprise his role in voice form for Disney+’s What If…? animated TV series, but as far as physically returning to the role, you’d think that he’d be completely done. Well, not so fast … maybe.
Evans sat down with Variety to co-headline along with Scarlett Johansson the outlet’s Actors on Actors series’ latest season, and they’re both talking about their MCU exits. Of course, they also touch on the whole Scorsese-vs-Marvel conflict they’re each equally diplomatic, but the most standout aspect involves Evans admitting that he’s not 100% closed-off to revisiting Cap someday:
“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[tain America] had such a tricky act 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.”
When Johansson expresses her belief that Cap received a “beautiful cathartic ending,” Evans adds that he’d be “a shame to sour that … I’m very protective of it.” He adds that it might be best “to let this one sit,” but there’s an admittedly silly counterpoint to be made about this. Evans’ final line after nearly a decade of playing Steve Rogers was the “America’s Ass” bit. He called this “really stupid” and sounded like he was doing so in a good-natured way, but there must be a grain of truth to commenting upon said stupidity. In other words, I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if this would be why he revisited Cap, maybe in a decade or so, in a non-glib way, but yeah, it’s gonna be awhile. Also, Evans is currently busy portraying “America’s A**hole” in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.
We still might get a nice little parting gift from Evans and friends, though. He mentions to Variety that he’s trying to rally the group of actors for an “ Avengers vacation.” If that ever happens, the Instagrams are going to be amazing.
Unlike Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America survived the events of “Avengers: Endgame” and thus the door has been left open for the actor to return in the future as his iconic superhero character. But is that what Evans wants? The question was posed by Evans’ longtime Marvel co-star Scarlett Johansson during their video interview for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series. “You never say never,” Evans responded. “I love the character. I don't know.”
“It's not a hard no, but it's not an eager yes either,” Evans added. “There are other things that I'm working on right now. I think Cap had such a tricky act 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.”
Evans maintained that where Steve ends up following the event of “Endgame” is such a perfect closure for the character that “it'd be a shame to sour that.” “Endgame” concluded with Steve deciding to stay in the past so he could spend his life with love interest Peggy Carter.
“I'm very protective of it,” Evans said about playing Captain America. “It was such a precious time, and jumping onto the movie was a terrifying prospect to me. I said no a bunch of times, and there's a million and one ways it could have gone wrong. It almost feels like maybe we should let this one sit.”
Johansson’s Black Widow and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Solider were integral to Evans’ “Captain America” franchise, and both characters are getting their own projects in the upcoming fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The “Black Widow” standalone film opens May 1, 2020, while the Disney+ television series “The Falcon and the Winter Solider” is now in production. Evans is not expected to be reprising Captain America in either project, although some believe he might pop up in “Black Widow” because it’s a prequel film.
Please enjoy this new Lionsgate-issued image of Chris Evans as Ransom “Trust Fund Playboy” Drysdale from Rian Johnson’s upcoming Knives Out. Yes, that’s right. His name is Ransom Drysdale, like this is a new season of freaking Fargo or something. It’s wonderful, and even though I hope that Edi Patterson ends up being the culprit of this whodunnit, Evans looks like he’s got a few tricks up his scarve sleeve. Ransom is also apparently not a nice person at all, as the Knives Out Twitter account suggested while playing upon the MCU’s pseudo-rebranding of Captain America as “America’s Ass.”
Beyond this new clip - with a tweet that reads, “As far as I’m concerned, that’s America’s ass***e” - that shows Evans kicking away some eager canines upon his arrival at the home base of his eccentric family.
As far as I’m concerned, that’s America’s asshole. #KnivesOut pic.twitter.com/wnvDTeEXit
— Knives Out @KnivesOut November 6, 2019
Evans, a noted dog lover, is having none of this. He tweeted an explanation for why those dogs were leaping at him. “Those dogs were amazing and so sweet!” he semi-protested to illustrate why he’s definitely not an a-hole. “I had their toys hidden in my pockets. Nothing was more satisfying than handing them over once they yelled ‘cut.'”
Those dogs were amazing and so sweet! I had their toys hidden in my pockets. Nothing was more satisfying than handing them over once they yelled ‘cut’ https://t.co/hNw26ZNh9A
— Chris Evans @ChrisEvans November 8, 2019
That’s a good enough explanation for me, and this must have been the most difficult acting moment in Evans’ career thus far. Even moreso than the notorious “babies taste best” moment from Snowpiercer. Aaaaand here’s the full poster for Ransom Drysdale, playboy dog hater. Lionsgate
Not too long ago, Disney put up their awards consideration pages for the films they hope will land some nominations from the Oscars, Golden Globes and other important Hollywood organizations. When it came to Avengers: Endgame, the usual ambition was there for Best Picture, Best Director, and a slew of technical awards. But there was one surprising exclusion.
Robert Downey Jr. previously confirmed that he opted not to campaign for any acting awards for his farewell performance as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. This was surprising to fans since his final turn as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and superhero felt like a performance that may have been worthy of at least a nomination. It appears Disney agreed and whether or not Downey intends to campaign for an Oscar, they’re going to do it for him. Robert Downey Jr. is included in the addition of consideration for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories that feature several other Avengers: Endgame cast members too.
Here’s Disney’s updated list of hopeful nominees that will be up for awards consideration this season:
As you can see, none of the Avengers: Endgame cast members were put up in the lead actor or lead actress categories. That makes perfect sense since the ensemble cast is so big that they all have a pretty even amount of screentime. Plus, the competition will likely be less fierce in those categories. However, just because Disney is putting forth these names for nominations doesn’t mean that any of them have a good chance at landing a nomination. But let’s talk about which ones could possibly be contenders.
Not to be disrespectful to any of these actors and actresses, but right out of the gate, I don’t think there’s any chance that Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, or Gwyneth Paltrow will be getting nominations. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all great in their respective roles, and each has a solid emotional beat in the movie, but none of them feel like Oscar worthy performances as a whole. Plus, Ruffalo and Brolin have the disadvantage of playing motion capture characters, and the Academy still hasn’t figured out how to properly register those performances alongside traditional roles on film.
Somewhat more likely but still almost certainly not getting Oscar nominations are Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. Though the two share some of the most touching and heartwrenching moments in Endgame, Renner is currently dealing with some peculiar personal issues and likely won’t be at the forefront of any Oscar campaigning. Furthermore, if Scarlett Johansson is going to get any Oscar nominations this year, it will probably be for Jojo Rabbit or Marriage Story.
However, there are four Avengers: Endgame cast members that I could see being worthy of a nomination, even if they’re still unlikely to end up with one. Robert Downey Jr. is one of them for obvious reasons, but I think we’re all forgetting just how great Chris Hemsworth is in this movie. He shows an incredible range of emotion as a superhero suffering from PTSD, often turning his emotions on a dime, and I would be psyched if he ended up earning at least a nomination. Meanwhile, both Chris Evans and Karen Gillan turned in admirable performances. The latter has a surprisingly integral and emotional character arc in this movie, and the former continues to be the backbone of this entire franchise. Either one of them could have enough standout moments to land a nomination, but I’m not sure
Of course, the Oscars are very competitive, and they’re not always about who really gave the best performance. Furthermore, The Academy hasn’t fully embraced superhero movies as being award worthy just yet. That tradition wavered a bit for Black Panther, but that felt like a unique circumstance in which the achievement for bringing such a culturally diverse superhero movie to the table was likely what drew voters to support the movie.
Then again, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King ended up getting some awards love and sweeping every award it was nominated for, largely in support of the overall achievement of the entire trilogy from Peter Jackson. Perhaps something similar could happen here as a way of paying tribute to the success of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ll find out over the next few months.
Avengers: Endgame made a ton of money, but will it win a ton of awards?
Last month, we reported that Disney is pushing the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for multiple categories at the 2020 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. But conspicuously absent were any Best Actor/Supporting Actor and Best Actress/Supporting Actress submissions, especially for Robert Downey, Jr., who gave a “profound performance,” according to Joe Russo, and “if that doesn’t deserve an Oscar, I don’t know what does.” Disney has since updated Endgame‘s For Your Consideration page, and it includes RDJ, along with many of his co-stars:
Best Supporting Actor
Robert Downey, Jr. Chris Evans Mark Ruffalo Chris Hemsworth Jeremy Renner Josh Brolin Paul Rudd Don Cheadle
Best Supporting Actress
Scarlett Johansson Gwyneth Paltrow Zoe Saldana Karen Gillan Brie Larson
I saw 14,600,005 possible outcomes of the coming Oscars conflict; in only one is anyone listed above actually going to be nominated for an Oscar. But it’s fun to speculate nonetheless! It’s also fun to see who was left out. All the original Avengers are there, and Brie Larson and Josh Brolin make sense, but where’s Tom Holland? And Benedict Cumberbatch? They’re big names playing popular characters. My guess: Disney only included actors playing characters who weren’t “blipped.” That leaves out Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Bucky, Shuri, and Black Panther, among others.