Chris Evans Says Goodbye to Captain America as he Wraps Avengers 4
You can’t say he didn’t warn us. Chris Evans, who has played Steve Rogers since 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, has officially laid down his shield on Twitter. The actor announced that he’s wrapped his work on Avengers 4 and gave us what sounds like not only a heartfelt goodbye, but perhaps a nod to his iconic character’s fate.
While Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 (it’ll get an official title eventually) were shot back-to-back, many of the actors, including Jeremy Renner and Tessa Thompson (yay!), have been doing re-shoots, and clearly Evans’ tweet suggests that not only he’s not only just finished filming his last scenes as Cap, but there’s a better than decent chance that Steve Rogers will be making the ultimate sacrifice in order to save his friends—and the universe—in the final film in Marvel’s Phase 3.
Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 4, 2018
Evans has had an incredible run as Cap, giving Marvel’s most seemingly patriotic character the shading that was there all along in the comics. Captain America, in both the comics and in Marvel Studios and Evans’ hands, has always been a far more nuanced figure than you might assume from the name, the shield, and the costume. Evans has embodied both Cap’s love of country and unbendable belief in standing up for the little guy (he was, after all, originally a little guy himself) and a deep-seated sense of confusion and conflict over what was the best way to advance America’s founding spirit without being corrupted in the process. It’s not for nothing that in Captain America: Civil War, it was Steve Rogers, not the usually go-it-alone Tony Stark, who decided to ignore government authorities over what he thought was a misguided attempt to curtail the Avengers free-wheeling protection.
It’s easy to read into Evans’ tweet and imagine that he’s not only grateful for his epic run in one of the most successful and game-changing franchises in history but offering a eulogy for a character that has been a part of his life for nearly a decade. If you weren’t already well aware that Avengers 4 was going to be wild and potentially heart-breaking, you are now.
You’ll be able to see Evans’ last turn as Captain America in Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.
Featured image: Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). Photo: Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2018