Earlier this month, the actor clarified that he currently has a six-picture deal with Marvel, which includes Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel's The Avengers and next month's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He is also returning as Cap in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America 3, which has been set for release on May 6, 2016, leaving one more movie left in his contract, which will likely be The Avengers 3. When asked how long the actor plans on playing Steve Rogers, he had this to say.
"We can do this out loud, Avengers: Age of Ultron will shoot till August. I wouldn't be surprised if for all of 2015, we didn't do a movie. I bet that by 2017, I'll be done. That seems so far away."
His comments regarding 2015 are interesting, though, since that is likely when Captain America 3 will go into production, unless Marvel plans on shooting later this year. Marvel hasn't issued a release date for The Avengers 3 yet, so it's possible that both Captain America 3 and The Avengers 3 could be shot over the next three years, with the actor fulfilling his Marvel obligations by the year 2017.
The actor revealed earlier this month that he wants to take a break from acting once his Marvel deal has expired, which he reiterated in this new interview.
"If I'm acting at all, it's going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing. I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do."
The actor has already shot his directorial debut, Before We Go a directing career without these Marvel movies.
"Without these movies, I wouldn't be directing. They gave me enough overseas recognition to greenlight a movie. And if I'm speaking extremely candidly, it's going to continue to do that for as long as the Marvel contract runs."
Chris Evans also spoke about how he initially turned down the chance to play Steve Rogers, because Marvel wanted him to sign a nine-movie contract, which was eventually reduced down to six.
"The problem was initially, it was a nine-movie contract. And they said, if these movies take off and do very well, and my life changes and I don't respond well, I don't have the opportunity to say, listen, I need a fucking break. That just scared me. They called back and they tweaked the deal. It went from nine (films) to six. I said no again. My family was even going, 'Are you sure you're making the right decisions?' It started to feel like maybe this is what I'm supposed to do."