The Captain America star passed the shield to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson and aims to explore other roles as he moves on.
Chris Evans started his career with a bevy of projects, but he’s now cemented in pop culture as Captain America thanks to his run as the Star-Spangled Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starting in 2011 with Captain America: The First Avenger and ending in 2019 with Avengers: Endgame. Evans can be seen in the upcoming Netflix film, Pain Hustlers, which co-stars Emily Blunt, and the actor has recently been profiled by GQ magazine reflecting on his career.
Although Anthony Mackie is set to take up the mantle, fans would assuredly miss Steve Rogers as the OG Cap. Variety reports on Evans’ response to the inevitable question of if he’ll ever return to the Marvel universe. He replies, “I’ll never say never, just because it was such a wonderful experience. But I’m also very precious with it. It’s something that I am very proud of. And like I said, sometimes I can’t believe it even happened. And I wouldn’t want the black eye if it felt like a cash grab or if it didn’t live up to expectations or if it just felt like it wasn’t connected to that original thing. So, no time soon.”
Evans continued, “And ultimately, I really hope to just maybe act a little bit less in my life. I have a lot of other interests. Look, by no means have I climbed any sort of a mountain in this field. I have no Oscars and I’m not lumped with other names that are at the top of the mountain in any way. But I also feel very satisfied.”
In the profile, the Snowpiercer star brought up Quentin Tarantino’s assessment that there aren’t movie stars so much as there are character stars in movies now, and Evans agreed with his statement. “That was the beauty of working on Marvel films. You never really had to be front and center. Even in your own films sometimes. Quentin Tarantino said it recently and I was like, you know, he’s right. The character is the star. You’re there, but you don’t feel the burden of it.”
Although Evans sides with The Movie Critic director, the MCU’s Kevin Feige doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the point of view, “I think it’s something [Chris] was telling himself, and I think it’s something many of the Avengers, including Robert, would tell themselves, which actually was very helpful to the process. But in certain cases, including Chris’, it’s not entirely true.”
Originally published at https://www.joblo.com/chris-evans-mcu-tarantino/