The arc of Chris Evans’ Captain America across the MCU Infinity Saga was one of the best of all the characters, with a moving yet emotionally satisfying conclusion to his journey. But this is the world of comics. Nobody is ever really gone, dead, retired, locked in an alternative reality or stranded in a multiverse timeline. Nothing is forever, especially when Captain America movies alone have made $2.2 billion at the box office.
There has been talk ever since Endgame of a potential return for Evans and Steve Rogers. However he doesn’t seem keen. Doing promo rounds for Pixar’s Lightyear, he was pretty reluctant when he spoke to Phase Zero CB:
“Yeah, that seems to be something that people would like to see. I don’t want to disappoint anybody, but I just don’t know if — you know, it’s tough. It was such a good run and I’m so happy with it, you know, it’s so precious to me. It would have to be perfect.
It just would be scary to, you know, addle something that is, again, so – oh, so dear to me, and that role means so much to me. So, to revisit it – it would be a tall order.”
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier eventually passed the mantel of Captain America to The Falcon. Anthony Mackie was set to star in a fourth Captain America movie with the showrunner from that Disney+ outing, Malcolm Spellman, developing the project.
Evans originally declined the role three times before signing a six-picture deal with Marvel, explaining that:
“At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f*cked. If the movie hits, I’m f—-ed!’ I was just scared. I realized my whole decision-making process was fear-based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear. I can’t believe I was almost too chicken to play Captain America.”