The Marvel Cinematic Universe is undoubtedly the most successful movie franchise to date. Despite it’s grandeur in movie making; set pieces, costumes, memorable fight scenes and bringing so many iconic characters to life it also boasts a roster of immensely talented actors. Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Don Cheadle, Cate Blanchett and the list goes. Whether the actor is a mainstay or just a one off character, the talent that Kevin Feige and his team brings on is always impressive to say the least. But being hired into the MCU doesn’t come without its sacrifices. Most actors are required to sign a multi-picture contract that obligates them to appear in multiple MCU films. Some contracts end at three films while others can go for six films or more. That is a huge commitment to make, a commitment that actor Chris Evans has not been silent about being hesitant to make.
Evans plays the patriotic and good-hearted Captain America. He has starred in his characters three film story arc, two Avengers films and even had a cameo in Thor: The Dark World. That’s a lot of work especially when he is a much sought after actor in Hollywood and balances his duty as Captain America while starring in other films as well. In the past, Evans has expressed being anxious for his six picture contract deal with the MCU to end so that it can free up his time to do more with his career. His final appearance was slated to be in the third Avengers film Infinity War but with that movie being broken up into two different parts he had to make the hard decision to extend his contract into the untitled Avengers 4 film. During an interview with Telegraph, Chris Evans explained his hesitance to join the MCU;
“One of my biggest fears was that the movies were going to be good. Because if things worked out, I’d have to do all six of them. And at the time, that was the most terrifying aspect of it. That it was going to be so dominating, all-encompassing.”
Evans was right. Although a handful of MCU films have been a bit underwhelming, the franchise as a whole has continued to dominate and his take on Captain America is partly to thank for that. Evans went on to explain why he decided to extend his contract:
“I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done, but they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter. They said they had so many other characters to fit in — Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man — and couldn’t get them all into one movie.”
That was a very Steve Rogers thing to do Chris and we, the fans, are grateful. His contract was up but for the sake of the story he chose to stay and allow his character to potentially exit the franchise the right way. Kevin Feige has been vocal about the Avengers roster and the MCU looking “very different” once Phase Three of the MCU comes to an end. It’s a pretty vague statement but implies that some top tier characters might not be around with so many new characters being introduced. That could definitely be a huge possibility for Chris Evans’ Captain America. Only time will tell how that will play out. Are you glad Chris Evans extended his contract? How do you think the MCU will change after Phase Three? Let us know in the comments below.
Avengers: Infinity War soars into theaters May 4, 2018. The untitled Avengers 4 opens May 3, 2019.