EXCLUSIVE: In a move that is sure to rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sources tell Deadline that Chris Evans is cleaning the dust off his Captain America attire as he is expected reprise the role in the MCU in some form.
It’s still vague whether the deal is closed, but insiders say it’s headed in that direction for Evans to return as Steve Rogers aka Captain America in at least one Marvel property, with the door open for a second film. Sources add it’s unlikely to be a new Captain America installment and more likely to be like what Robert Downey Jr. did after Iron Man 3, appearing in such films as Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Marvel had no comment.
Evans had been very public that he would be hanging up the shield after Avengers: Endgame, with Marvel going as far as having the character hand the shield to Anthony Mackie’s character at the end of the film in torch-passing type of moment. Things had changed in recent months as the idea was floated of Evans returning to the MCU as Rogers to see if there was any interest; as the weeks went by, Evans became more game to the idea, with the two sides coming to agreement at the top of the year.
How he might return is unclear and being worked out, but the options are unlimited. Over the years, even after a character’s film franchises have come to an end, Marvel has found way to insert them into the MCU in other properties, and the addition of new Disney+ limited series adds even more properties in which he could make his return if it’s not his own film.
Whatever that path may be, fans are sure to be invigorated by knowing they would be seeing the return of a character they’d assumed wouldn’t be back anytime soon.