What MCU Movie Will Chris Evans Be in Next?
Marvel, secretive as ever, is not expected to announce its next slate of movies until after Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters in July. Entertainment websites aplenty have played an elaborate guessing game about what Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has up his sleeve — so much so that every list of guesswork is different.
While we don’t know for sure what Marvel is planning, we can safely assume that Chris Evans, much like his character, has fulfilled his duty and is happy to go home and be a mensch. Still, that doesn’t stop fans from wondering how Evans could return.
How Chris Evans could be coaxed back
If you’re one of the small numbers of people who haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet, go ahead and skip over this spoiler section.
At the end of Endgame, Captain America goes back in time to replace the Infinity Stones that had caused so much trouble. The other Avengers seem to have trouble bringing him back, but only a couple minutes later, they spot an old man sitting on a bench nearby. That old man is Steve Rogers, who explains his mission was successful, but he declines to share details of what he did. He hands over his shield to Sam/Falcon and says farewell to his very longtime friend Bucky.
The movie’s very last scene takes place in the 1940s, as the camera moves into a house. We see that Steve has chosen to spend his life with Peggy Carter, finally sharing that dance he promised her.
Since we don’t see Captain America’s exploits in returning the Infinity Stones, it’s possible that could be material for future/past adventures, but we doubt we’ll get one movie, much less a series of them. The best we can probably hope for would come from Disney+, which is planning a series about Loki’s mischief. One of those episodes could show how Steve Rogers gets the tesseract/space stone back, and Evans might be game for that.
It’s also possible that Evans could pop up in Spider-Man: Far From Home, just as he did in Homecoming with one of his hilariously earnest public service announcements. Having cracked that joke already, though, Marvel seems unlikely to repeat itself and land in creative detention.
Few of the many lists of upcoming Marvel movies show a Captain America movie of any kind, not even for his successor Sam. Sequels to Black Panther and Captain Marvel are foregone conclusions at this point, and we know there’s a Black Widow solo movie ready to roll, but Marvel’s intent seems to be to retire most of its established characters and introduce a crop of new ones. Besides, like Steve Rogers, Evans seems content to ride off into the sunset, at least as far as Marvel is concerned.
Looking back at Captain America’s journey
Since Evans is unlikely to return, it might be best to look back rather than forward and appreciate Captain America’s arc.
Captain America: The First Avenger: Evans’ MCU debut eight (!) years ago came across as maybe a little too quaint at the time. The movie was fun but didn’t have the kick of Iron Man. The best scene was a bond rally theme song composed by Disney legend Alan Menken. Yet what Evans was doing was trickier than he got credit for. He basically had the Superman/Clark Kent problem, in that he was a boy scout, and boy scouts can make for dull heroes. Evans didn’t have a secret identity to play as Christopher Reeve did. Yet beneath all that square earnestness was a steely resolve that became stronger and more interesting as time went on.
The Avengers: Captain America/Evans didn’t have much of a solo story here, as this movie was, by design, a team effort. But check out Evans obscuring his face in the famous shawarma scene at the very end. That’s because he was trying to hide the beard he had grown for the film Snowpiercer. This was before superhero movies were in the habit of digitally removing unwanted facial hair.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: This was the movie where the captain truly fell into place. Considered by some to be not only Captain America’s best movie but one of the best Marvel movies period, it’s just as much a political thriller as it is a superhero adventure, with Steve Rogers grappling with some very believable 21st-century concerns about the cost of freedom. Honest Trailers was so impressed with this movie they declared, “Captain America: He’s cool now!”
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Again, not a ton for Evans here, but notice the scene where they all try to lift the hammer. That’ll pay off later.
Captain America: Civil War: An Avengers movie in all but name, this one obviously gives Evans the spotlight as his steadfast belief in doing what’s right no matter what the cost clashes with Tony Stark’s desire to regulate the Avengers, blowing the team apart. Evans and Robert Downey Jr. sell their points so well that both could be right.
Avengers: Infinity War: No hiding the beard this time.
Avengers: Endgame: How fitting that the first Avenger gets the final perfect shot.