Marvel fans have long anticipated the end of the great era of modern superhero movies. When would these high-budget character arcs come to an end and when would these actors playing them eventually hang up their capes?
We've known for a few weeks that the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 would mark the end of a number of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most famous heroes. But who would die? The latest trailer showed Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor all in some sketchy situations.
All of these actors-Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Hemsworth-have contracts that are up after the next Avengers films. Now, we finally know at least one who will go: Evans as Captain America.
A profile of Evans in the New York Times posits that he is heading toward retirement as Captain America:
Last year, he filmed back-to-back the final two Marvel movies for which he is under contract - “Avengers: Infinity War,” due in April, and a sequel planned for next year. 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.
Of course, this doesn't mean the end of the Captain America franchise. In the comic books, there are other heroes who step in as Captain America. And many fans believe that Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes and Anthony Mackie's Falcon would both be worthy of picking up the shield.
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