It would appear that we might have a hint that Captain America will be the big casualty in Avengers: Infinity War.
Actor Chris Evans - who famously took some convincing to take the role in the first place - has all but confirmed that he's moving on from playing Cap when his contract runs out. Despite Marvel seeking a nine picture deal, his refusal and subsequent six film slate means that end point comes with the second part of the Avengers: Infinity War event.
That hunt comes courtesy of a new Esquire profile on the actor, which reveals the news in a very telling passage:
"Settling in on the couch, he groans. Evans explains that he’s hurting all over because he just started his workout routine the day before to get in shape for the next two Captain America films. The movies will be shot back to back beginning in April. After that, no more red- white-and-blue costume for the thirty-five-year-old. He will have fulfilled his contract."
The profile paints a picture of the requirements of being one of the MCU's flag-bearers - a relentless marketing schedule, rigorous preparation and training and generally no time to do anything else.
Evans has a passion for directing, and right now it's not something he's able to consider, let alone taking on other acting gigs.
This wouldn't be the first time an important actor said they were leaving a major franchise only to be convinced otherwise (just ask Robert Downey Jr) so there's no guarantee he's definitely away.
But the most worrying thing for Evans fans should be that his death in Infinity War or Avengers 4 makes a lot of sense. He's currently already heading towards martyrdom thanks to his rejection of the governmental Accords and him dying to save superheroisk as an ideological concept would be a fitting, poetic end.
That doesn't mean it wouldn't still be pretty devastating. Even with Bucky or Sam left to take on the mantle as they did in the comics.
What do you think?