Chris Evans Talks Moving On From Captain America And The Marvel Cinematic Universe

The role of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe made Chris Evans a global superstar and took his career to a level most actors can only dream of. Now that Avengers: Endgame has wrapped up his character’s storyline, it’s time for Evans to move on. Even though many fans are having a hard time saying goodbye to the beloved character, the actor says that his transition to his next project has been “pretty seamless.”

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From Captain America to suspect

Evans told The Hollywood Reporter that his next project is Knives Out, a murder mystery where he plays one of the suspects. The 38-year-old explained that the set of his newest film had the same family dynamic that he experienced in the MCU, but he’s playing a completely different character.

Evans says that in the Marvel movies he played a guy who’s selfless, and more taciturn, and in Knives Out, his character is a guy who’s “a little more vile.” Evans added that his daily routine remained pretty much the same, and working on the new project was “just as fun.”

“Everyone on this set, everyone’s just here to have a good time and everyone loves what they do. It’s a real blessing,” said Evans.

Director Joe Russo says that this big change in Evans’ career isn’t just about physically being on a new set and working with new people, but it’s also something he has to deal with emotionally.

“Chris is a very emotional person. I think, maybe it’s evident if you follow him on Twitter — because he does put his heart into what he says — but I feel like he has to close the door on things and emotionally move onto the next thing.”

Once again, Evans will be part of an ensemble cast, but there is no doubt that many Marvel fans will hit the theaters when the movie premieres just to see Captain America in the next phase of his career.

Chris Evans says it’s fun to play a “despicable” character

Evans spent years playing the most wholesome superhero in the universe who just so happened to have “America’s a**,” so fans might be a little surprised when they see the actor playing a character who’s fighting with his dysfunctional family and not afraid to use not-so-clean language.

In the Knives Out trailer, fans get their first look at Evans as Ransom Drysdale, a man who tells his entire family one by one: “Up your a**. Matter of fact, eat sh*t. How’s that? Eat sh*t. Eat sh*t. Eat sh*t. Definitely eat sh*t.”

Evans says it was “nice” and “fun” to play the role because he doesn’t usually get the chance to play someone “who’s so despicable.” He has also moved on from a group of superheroes to an entirely new ensemble cast which has amazing actors like Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, and Don Johnson.

The Knives Out director – Rian Johnson – has also made a similar transition. He went from writing and directing Star Wars: The Last Jedi to writing and directing a more intimate film that focuses on dialogue, and he appreciated the change.

Could Evans’ Captain America return to the MCU?

According to We Got This Covered, Marvel still has big plans for Captain America in the future, and we’re not talking about Sam Wilson AKA the Falcon. Yes, Steve Rogers handed over his shield to Wilson at the end of Avengers: Endgame, but that doesn’t mean Marvel is done with the original Captain America.

An insider says that Marvel would love to explore Steve Rogers’ Captain America’s journey as he returned the infinity stones, reunited with Red Skull, and then chose to spend his life with Peggy Carter. This could be done as a movie or TV series, and it appears that Evans is interested in this idea.

Even though Marvel has said absolutely nothing about this possibility – and would most likely deny it if someone asked – this particular insider has passed along very accurate intel in the past.

If this project were to happen, it would be years before it came together. But, there is still hope for Captain America fans who would love to see Steve Rogers in the MCU one more time.

Knives Out will hit theaters on November 27th.