After filming in Atlanta and Germany, production wrapped last month on Captain America: Civil War, Marvel's first Phase Three movie, which hits theaters on May 6, 2016. Like most of Marvel's stars, Chris Evans signed a long-term deal with the studio, locking him in for six movies, but that deal is about to end, since Captain America: Civil War marks his fifth project under that pact. While promoting his directorial debut Before We Go, which hits theaters today, Chris Evans revealed the prospect of his Marvel deal expiring is "terrifying." And he'll stick around as long as Marvel wants him. Here's what the actor had to say to ET Online.
"It always feels so good to kind of wrap and just say, 'Alright, one more down.' But it's also kind of like high school in a sense. You keep looking to when you're going to be done, and we're almost done now, and you're not quite ready for it to be over. It's almost terrifying to think about these being done."
With just one movie left in his contract, some fans are wondering if he will only appear in just one installment of the two-part sequel Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II, set for release in 2018 and 2019, respectively. In another interview with Collider, he confirmed that he will appear in both of those movies, and even addressed the possibility of extending his deal with the studio. Here's what he had to say below.
"Listen, if Marvel wants me they got me. I've never had such a relationship where you have such-I mean look at my resume, I'm used to being on set being like, 'Ah is this movie gonna be terrible?' Marvel just can't stop making great movies, they do it in their sleep. It's wonderful directors and producers and actors and scripts, and it's like a playground as an actor."
It's well-known that the actor almost turned down the role of Steve Rogers in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. Four years and five years later, the role has propelled his career in a big way, even allowing him to make his directorial debut with Before We Go. While looking back on his reluctance to take on this role of a lifetime, Chris Evans had this to say.
"It's so mind-boggling that I was so tentative in the beginning to jump onboard. What an asshole I would be if I hadn't done this. I mean can you imagine? Kicking myself-I'd never forgive myself!"
The actor has also said in the past that he plans on focusing his career on directing after his Marvel contract expires. He had initially talked about "retiring" from acting altogether, but it doesn't seem that will happen anymore. When asked about balancing acting and directing after Marvel, the actor/director had this to say.
"I love acting and I'll always love acting. It's my first love. But I really enjoy [directing]. I'm kind of excited to take the knowledge I acquired during this process and apply it to the next one."
After Phase Three ends with Avengers: Infinity War - Part II, there is very little we know about the studio's plans for Phase Four and beyond. Do you hope Chris Evans does end up extending his contract with Marvel? Chime in with your thoughts and stay tuned for more updates about the future of the MCU.