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
Zelda Williams, whose late father Robin Williams has restricted exploitation of his image, spoke out on the casting news on Twitter. "Publicity stunt or not, this is puppeteering the dead for their 'clout' alone and it sets such an awful precedent for the future of performance."
James Dean has been cast in a Vietnam era action-drama 64 years after his death, creating a social media uproar with those in the industry finding the casting "shameful" and setting "an awful precedent" for the future of film and visual effects.
Magic City Films announced Wednesday that the Rebel Without a Cause star, who died in a car crash in 1955 at the age of 24, would take the secondary lead role in their upcoming film Finding Jack.
The film, adapted by Maria Sova from Gareth Crocker's novel, focuses on the abandonment of more than 10,000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War. Dean, who died just before the start of the Vietnam War, would be portraying a character named Rogan.
Despite directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh obtaining the rights to use Dean's image from his family, reactions to the casting have been overwhelmingly negative.
"I have talked to friends about this for YEARS and no one ever believed me that the industry would stoop this low once tech got better," Zelda Williams, whose late father Robin Williams restricted exploitation of his image for 25 years following his death, wrote. "Publicity stunt or not, this is puppeteering the dead for their 'clout' alone and it sets such an awful precedent for the future of performance."
"This is awful," Knives Out actor Chris Evans wrote on Twitter. "Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso. Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes. The complete lack of understanding here is shameful."
Elijah Wood echoed Evans' criticism, tweeting "NOPE. this shouldn't be a thing."
Michelle Buchman, who runs social media for Star Wars, was one of several on social media who blasted the notion an actor who looked like James Dean could not be found and cast.
"There is literally a James Dean Festival held every year in Indiana where they have a look-alike contest so like if you really needed someone it's not that hard to find them," Buchman posted, referring to Fairmount, Indiana's annual festival dedicated to the late actor.
Ernst told THR that his team had "searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan" until deciding that Dean could portray the "extreme complex character arcs" of the role.
Preacher's Julie Ann Emery highlighted the concern over how the role would be credited, seeing as another actor will voice Dean's role and his performance will be constructed via "full body" CGI using actual footage and photos.
"That's not James Dean. It's his face on a motion capture performance and an 'anonymous' actor providing voice pattern and choices," Emery said on Twitter. "I'd like to know how it will be credited. How the real actors will be paid. And how little this team understands the acting craft."
Devon Sawa, who auditioned for another role in the film Finding Jack, also commented on the casting of a deceased actor, tweeting "They couldn't give this role to an actual human?"
Dean starred in three movies before he died at age 24: Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant. He received best acting Oscar nominations for the latter two. He died before he could finish filming Giant.
Pre-production for Finding Jack begins Nov. 17, with a goal for a worldwide release on Veterans Day 2020.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Magic City Films for comment.
Avengers: Endgame saw Chris Evans' Captain America leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind. The actor had hinted multiple times before the release of the last installment and Infinity War that he was preparing to leave. Robert Downey Jr. echoed the same sentiment in that both actors wanted to leave the party on their own before being asked to leave. In a new interview, Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely reveal that they don't think it would be wise to bring Evans back into the fold.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely started writing for the Steve Rogers character back in 2011 with Captain America: The First Avenger. Since then, they have been a part of nearly everything that the character has been in on the big screen, including Civil War, Winter Soldier, Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. When asked about a possible return to the MCU, Markus had this to say about Chris Evans never returning.
"I love writing for Cap, I love Evans. 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."
MCU fans already miss Chris Evans as Cap and would be thrilled to see him return in some capacity. However, it doesn't look like that will be the case, at least with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely still writing for Marvel Studios. Avengers: Endgame played with time travel and brought closure to a lot of storylines, including Cap's. Bringing him back could hurt all the good that the movie accomplished. McFeely explains.
"I do worry that if they do stuff like that, it'll ding Endgame in the rearview mirror. This is such an important and such an interesting moment in movies, because a very successful studio just put their tools down."
Chris Evans is now experiencing life outside of the MCU. He'll be seen next on the big screen in Rian Johnson's Knives Out. While there are a lot of potential storylines open for Steve Rogers in the MCU during the time travel of Avengers: Endgame, it doesn't look like it will happen. Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, and Evans all seem to be on the same page about this subject. With that being said, it doesn't mean that it couldn't happen at some point in the future.
Marvel Studios is branching out and getting away from the main Avengers storyline with new characters. We have the Eternals movie on the way, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and a lot more, which will shift the focus. We also have the standalone Black Widow movie and Thor: Love and Thunder that will bring back some of the original members. Natasha Romanoff so the end of the line in Avengers: Endgame, so her story takes place in the past, which is something that could easily happen with Steve Rogers. It just doesn't look like it will happen at this point. The interview with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely was originally conducted by ScreenRant.
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The actor was also joined by his younger brother to play a game of "Know Your Bro" on Monday's episode of 'The Tonight Show.'
Avengers: Endgamespoilers were hard to avoid, even for the film's cast.
Chris Evans revealed that he accidentally spoiled a pivotal moment in the Marvel film for co-star Anthony Mackie. In the film, Evans' Captain America handed off his shield to Mackie's character, Falcon.
The actor told Jimmy Fallon on Monday's episode of The Tonight Show that the script was very secretive, though he was given the scene for the moment between his and Mackie's characters.
"While we were filming in Atlanta, I had already read the scene. I had a few people over to watch a football game or something and Mackie was the first one to show up," he said. "I didn't know he didn't know what was gonna happen. And he showed up first and I said, 'Hey man, isn't that scene fantastic?' and he said, 'What scene?' And I said, 'The scene when I give you the shield.' And he said, 'You're giving me the shield?'"
Once Evans realized that Mackie had not yet read the scene, he found a copy of the script for him to read. "I got to watch him read the scene for the first time where he's getting the shield and he was so happy and you immediately feel like, 'Man, maybe I robbed this moment from...maybe Kevin Feige deserved this,'" he said of Marvel's president.
"It was so nice to share it with him. He was so happy and so deserving," Evans continued. "It was a nice way to kind of have, just between us, the transition of characters. It was great."
Mackie previously opened up about how he learned about the scene in May.
"We were at his house and he goes, 'You excited?' And I go, 'What are you talking about?' and he goes, 'You don't know?' He jumps up, runs out of the room and comes back in with the script," Mackie said in an interview with IMDb. "We cried. We drank. We laughed. I am very happy I got that moment with Chris, for him to not only pass me the shield, but to tell me it was happening."
Evans was also joined by his brother Scott during the appearance to play a game of "Know Your Bro."
Fallon explained that one brother would wear noise-canceling headphones while the other answered questions. The brother wearing the headphones would then answer the same question to see if their stories matched.
Chris kicked off the game by saying which career Scott would pursue if he was not an actor. The older Evans brother said that Scott would do police work because he loves detective shows and murder scenes.
When Scott was asked the same question, he revealed that he would be a homicide detective or criminologist because he's "so into murder in not a creepy way."
Scott was next asked to reveal something that Chris did growing up that his parents never found out about. The younger brother shared that Chris pushed him into a coffee table when he was about 8 years old. "I cracked my head open. I ended up getting four stitches, but I remember he pushed me against the table," he recalled. "I had already cracked my head open once and I was like, 'No blood. No blood. No blood.' And my hand, it was like a murder scene."
"Chris was like, 'Please don't tell.' And I just said that I fell and I got stitches," he continued. "Mom, he pushed me."
Chris was then asked the same question. He began to tell a story about when he made Scott cut school and they "went and did a lot of bad things," though he was later told that Scott shared the story about Chris pushing Scott into the coffee table. Chris responded, "That was between us."
For the final round, Chris was asked to share Scott's most embarrassing childhood memory. After he shared that Scott had "bowel control issues" when he was younger, Chris said that a 5-year-old Scott pooped his pants while skiing on a family trip.
Chris recalled that his father cleaned Scott up before they returned to skiing, though Scott pooped his pants again. Following Scott's second accident, their father went to go get the car and the kids waited in the lodge. "He starts crying, saying it's gonna happen and me and my sister are like, 'Just hang on,'" he said. "He didn't make it."
After Scott took off his headphones, he said that his most embarrassing childhood memory was when he was driving home with his siblings and he had to go to the bathroom. "I begged my sister to pull over because I really had to go. She was like, 'Where are you going to go?' And I was like, 'On the street,'" he said. "She wouldn't pull over and I went in my pants."