Chris Evans May Have Just Dropped a Huge Spoiler About ‘Avengers 4’
Avengers: Infinity War has set the stage for Avengers 4 to dramatically shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That sequel, which opens in May 2019, looks like it will be a total game changer, even more than Infinity War was. And in recent interviews, Chris Evans has been giving us a pretty good indication of what might happen in that film.
Here’s what Evans has revealed about his MCU future. Warning: This article will contain spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers 4 is to be the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it
Avengers: Infinity War was marketed as the finale of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But that wasn’t entirely the case seeing as it ended on a massive cliffhanger.
However, it looks like it’s really Avengers 4 that is the conclusion many were expecting Infinity War to be.
While speaking to Vanity Fair last fall, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige described Avengers 4 as a “finale.” He also said that it will usher in a new era for the MCU.
Next: This is why Avengers 4 seems like it’s going to be such a huge deal.
At least one character will likely die in the film
A bunch of major characters died in Infinity War, but obviously, many of those deaths are going to be reversed. However, it does sound like in Avengers 4, at least one of the original Avengers will die, and that death will be permanent.
During a Vanity Fair cover story from a few months ago, Chris Hemsworth was hanging out with the cast, and he said that this would be the last time they’d all be together on set. He seemed to be implying that this version of the lineup won’t be seen after Avengers 4. In addition, James Gunn, who knows what happens in Avengers 4, told Vanity Fair that Marvel needs “to start allowing characters to die.”
Additionally, when the Russo Brothers were directly asked whether deaths are coming, they talked about how stakes are important in blockbuster movies. Later, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige flat out said that there would be permanent deaths on the way. Then, the Russo Brothers said in an interview after Infinity War opened that in their universe, remarkable things only happen at a high cost; it sounds like they’re saying that when the deaths are reversed in Avengers 4, sacrifices will need to be made to achieve that.
Next: The movie will bring these two characters back together.
Tony and Steve will reunite
Steve Rogers and Tony Stark aren’t on speaking terms after Captain America: Civil War. Fans thought they the threat of Thanos would force them to put aside their differences in Infinity War.
But actually, Tony and Steve never even cross paths in the movie; their storylines remain completely separate. So we now know that the reunion of Captian America and Iron Man won’t happen until Avengers 4.
Because the Russo Brothers have been building to this for so long, it will likely be one of the big, emotional moments of Avengers 4, a film that will focus heavily on these classic characters’ relationships before putting them out to pasture and moving on to the next phase of the MCU.
Next: Why these characters seem most likely to die.
Fans have speculated that either Iron Man or Captain America will die
So if Avengers 4 is going to kill off one or more of the original heroes, who will it be?
The most likely candidates seem to be Iron Man and Captain America. Tony Stark dying would definitely signal the end of an era as Feige talked about; Iron Man launched the MCU, after all. On the other hand, Captain America is essentially the moral center of the Avengers, and him dying would certainly be the gut punch Marvel wants. Tony Stark is also planning to settle down and start a family, so it makes more sense for Steve, who has no real attachments, to die.
Amid all of that speculation, Chris Evans has been giving some pretty interesting quotes.
Next: The revealing quote Evans gave in an interview.
Chris Evans has suggested he won’t return after Avengers 4
During an interview with The New York Times, Evans suggested we won’t see him play Captain America again after Avengers 4.
The key section of the Times article reads, “For now, he has no plans to return to the franchise (‘You want to get off the train before they push you off,’ he said), and expects that planned reshoots in the fall will mark the end of his tenure in the familiar red, white and blue super suit.”
Evans later spoke with Entertainment Tonight, and he made a similar comment, saying, “Well, you know, my contract is over, so that’s as far as I know.”
Next: This is one possible interpretation of Evans’ quote.
Captain America could sacrifice himself in Avengers 4
The most obvious thing that Evans’ quote might suggest is that Captain America dies in Avengers 4.
In terms of how the Infinity War deaths will be reversed, some fans have speculated that all of the characters who “died” after Thanos snapped his finger are actually just trapped in Soul World, another dimension that the Soul Stone can banish people to. The Russo Brothers have confirmed that this world exists in the MCU and that this is where Thanos is at the end when he speaks to young Gamora.
So one fan theory is that to get the characters out of Soul World, another sacrifice will be required, and Tony will need to kill Captain America. Steve Rogers will willingly submit to this, giving up his life heroically for the greater good.
Next: He may not be the only one to sacrifice himself.
7. Could all of the original Avengers die?
We already outlined why it’s possible Captain America and Iron Man will die, but there are also some who think that every single original Avenger is actually going to die in Avengers 4.
Is it just a coincidence, after all, that there are six original Avengers and six Infinity Stones? Or could it be that in order to bring back everyone who disappeared, six sacrifices will be necessary? Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, The Hulk, Thor, and Hawkeye could all die in order to save half of the universe.
While that might seem a little dark, it’s definitely possible, especially because we don’t know that any of those characters will appear in movies after Avengers 4. A Black Widow movie is in the early stages of development, but it could always be a prequel. Meanwhile, The Hulk, Thor, and Hawkeye have not been confirmed for any more movies.
Next: Another explanation for what could happen to Captain America.
Steve could also retire and have Sam Wilson take over
Evans only said that he won’t be playing Captain America again. Most people interpreted that as meaning his character will die, but there’s another option: Steve Rogers just won’t be Captain America anymore.
There are a few possible ways this could happen. One would be that Steve is seriously injured but not killed by Thanos, and he’s therefore taken out of action. He could also just decide to retire and pass the torch to someone else after successfully taking Thanos down.
If this were to happen, Marvel would probably follow in the footsteps of the comic books by letting someone new become Captain America. The most realistic option would seem to be Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, who did once become Captain America in the comics. Another option is Bucky, but he now has the new identity of White Wolf, so that seems less likely. Both of these characters disappeared in the snap, but obviously, they’ll both be back in Avengers 4.
Next: This interesting theory would involve Captain America leaving but not retiring or dying.
Steve could end up back in time
There’s another crazy theory going around about what happens to Steve Rogers: he’s sent back in time in Avengers 4. The idea is that for some reason or another, Steve is sent back to the 1940s, maybe because of the Time Stone; he would remain there and can live out the rest of his days in his original time period. This would explain why we don’t see him again, but it would mean that he doesn’t have to die.
Based on leaked set photos, there’s evidence that there’s some time travel shenanigans going on in the movie. In fact, at one point during filming, a set photo leaked featuring 1940s vehicles, and Chris Evans was on set.
Next: Then again, this could still happen, too.
Evans could just change his mind and sign back on for more movies
Of course, we shouldn’t take Evans’ comments as 100% confirmation of the fact that we’ll never see Captain America again. After all, it’s entirely possible that Marvel will just come back to Evans with a new contract, offering him a lot of money to stay on, and Evans will change his mind.
Evans has previously expressed a desire to take a break, and he told The Times he now only wants to star in one movie a year. But maybe Marvel could reel him back in with a contract that would allow him to have less of a starring role. Evans also suggested last year that after his contract is up, “I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘No more.'” But that was before Avengers 4 was filmed.
For now, though, based on a combination of Evans’ comments about not playing Captain America anymore, the Russo Brothers comments’ about killing off characters, and Kevin Feige’s comments about Avengers 4 being the end of an era, the death of Steve Rogers seems more likely than ever.
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