Why killing off Chris Evans’ Captain America may be the best move for Marvel Studios

In an interview with Glamour magazine, Captain America star Chris Evans said he’s taking a break from acting once his current Marvel Studios contract ends to go behind the camera as a director.

‘This process [directing], you’re involved in every single decision. If I hadn’t done it, I’d be really kicking myself. At the time, it was a daunting task for a number of reasons, but in hindsight it was the right move,’ Evans said. ‘With acting, you’re one piece in a very big puzzle. It’s like you helped buy a gift but you don’t know what the gift is, so you come back and see the movie. Sometimes it’s nice, sometimes it’s tragic.’

Hopefully the tragic part doesn’t involve his roles for Marvel.

Photo credit: Jay Maidment / Marvel Studios Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers and Hayley Atwell plays Peggy Carter in

Evans signed a six-picture deal with Marvel Studios and we’re at the halfway point in that contract after Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World. This year of course we’re getting Captain America: The Winter Soldier and next year the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron.

That just leaves us with two more Evans’ Captain America appearance with two obvious sequels to come – Avengers 3, the expected Infinity Gauntlet adaptation and Captain America 3. The cameo in Thor: The Dark World thankfully didn’t count.

Marvel reportedly has been so thrilled with Winter Solider, that directors Joe and Anthony Russo are already locked in for Captain America 3 so that seems like a given, but getting Evans to sign off for more than the contracted two movies may not be an option, especially since he turned down an initial nine-film offer.

Sebastian-Stan-as Bucky in Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier

The possible solution is for one of the numerous villains in Ultron, (maybe Baron Von Strucker?) to kill Cap at the end of the sequel and in a nod to rival DC Comics’ Crisis on Infinite Earths, have The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) take up his friend’s identity and star as Captain America in the third film allowing another Cap installment to be made and saving Evans for Avengers 3. BTW, Stan has a six-picture deal signed with Marvel Studios as well so he may become the new face of Cap for awhile.

Ultron Director Joss Whedon spoke with EW about possibly killing off an Avenger:

‘I’m always joking about that. Um…maybe?’ he said. ‘But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’ You go to the movies to see people you love suffer-that’s why you go to the movies.’

Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures [From left] Captain America (Chris Evans), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)

Of the main Avengers cast, Evans is probably the easiest to replace — it’s not like there’s a shortage of blond actors in Hollywood, but Evans successfully went from being a terrific Johnny Storm in the somewhat decent Fantastic Four films to making you forget all about that role to become an excellent Captain America and is my favorite of the team.

At this point, it’s just an interesting rumor, but what do you think? With one picture left on his deal, where do you want to see Evans appear for his final Marvel film?

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