Chris Evans may not be ready to hang up Captain America’s shield after contract expires

Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and Chris Hemsworth Avengers picsLooks like Chris Evans may not be as ready to move on from the Avengers franchise just yet.

Earlier last year there were rumblings that Evans wouldn’t be re-upping his Marvel Studios’ contract and retiring from work in front of the camera to focus more on directing. Lately though, Evans sounds pretty excited about future Marvel projects.

Avengers-Age of Ultron promo pictureEvans’ six-film contract is good for two more films — ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and at least one of the two ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ films, but in a recent interview, Evans sounds like a man not quite ready to hang up his shield.

I think it’s almost like high school. You’re kind of always looking ahead, about when you’ll graduate, but then when graduation day arrives you kind of don’t want to leave. I AM gonna try and focus on directing a bit more, but by no means am I done acting. And if they’d have me back, yeah, I’d probably consider it.

IGN asked Evans about the recently-returned to the fold Spider-Man and Evans had an interesting take on Captain America’s role with Spidey.

“I like seeing Cap play mentor to anybody, you know what I mean?” Evans said. “He’s been through so much, and I think he’s a good man, so anytime he can take anybody under his wing I think would be great. I hope Marvel pulls that off.”

It probably doesn’t hurt that Marvel Studios is subtly making sure Evans knows how important he (and Captain America) are to the Avengers’ franchise.Pay attention to the latest ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ promotional material and you’ll notice a greater emphasis on Captain America being front and center. That spot had been occupied by Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, but Captain America is certainly the focal point for this film. And if you miss the visual cues, the third trailer specifically starting off with Iron Man saying Captain America is the boss.

Avengers-Age of Ultron promo posterEvans’ friendship with fellow Marvel superhero actor Chris Pratt of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ increases the likelihood of Evans returning for more films if we don’t see an Avengers/Guardians team up in ‘Infinity War.’

I’m excited to hear about the possibility of Evans returning for more Avengers films. What do you think?