While on the press tour for Pixar’s upcoming film Lightyear, star Chris Evans has discussed a wide variety of topics about the film and his career. Naturally, his time within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain America would be a talking point. This is especially the case with rumors that have long been circulated that Evans has already signed on to return as Steve Rogers for at least one more future project, even after his send-off in Avengers: Endgame. However, in an interview with Phase Zero, Chris Evans has seemingly shot down those rumors as he discussed the potential personal risks of returning to the role.
I don’t want to disappoint anybody, but I just don’t know…it’s tough, it was such a good run and I’m so happy with it and you know, it’s so precious to me. It would have to be perfect. It would just be scary to rattle something that is so dear to me. And that role means so much to me, so to revisit it would be a tall order.Chris Evans
The concerns from Evans are certainly valid as Steve Rogers had one of the most successful runs as a character across the board as Captain America throughout his near decade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To make a return would run the risk of at least slightly spoiling his immaculate seven film run. Though if there is any film studio that could best handle the gravitas of Captain America, it would be Marvel Studios. They’ve successfully shown this the skill to handle irreverent returning characters from other cinematic franchises within the past year between Patrick Stewart returning as a variant of his ever-popular portrayal as Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their respective versions of Spider-Man to mass creative, critical, and commercial success in Spider-Man: No Way Home. If Marvel Studios has been able to find this success with legacy franchises, one could certainly think it’ll land with returning legends from the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself.
Ultimately, time will tell on if Chris Evans will indeed return as Captain America and the full story on when it may have been agreed upon.
Source: Phase Zero