Chris Evans Taking a Break from Acting Once Marvel Contract Expires

The actor wants to transition to the director’s chair, and reveals more details about ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.
The actor wants to transition to the directors chair, and reveals more details about Captain America The Winter Soldier.

While doing press for next month's highly-anticipated superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans revealed he's ready to take a break from acting after his Marvel contract expires, so that he can focus on directing. He's already shot his directorial debut, Before We Go, where he stars alongside Alice Eve, though it isn't known when this drama may hit theaters.

Here's what he had to say in an interview with Glamour Magazine about taking an acting hiatus.

"I think when I'm done with this Marvel contract, I'll take a little break from acting. 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. This process [directing], you're involved in every single decision."

After Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the actor will return for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it isn't known if his contract extends beyond that Marvel Phase Two sequel. We'll have to wait and see if this will affect any plans for a sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The actor didn't originally think he was right for the role of Steve Rogers when he was first approached to star in Captain America: The First Avenger. Here's what he had to say about why he's glad he decided to take on the role.

"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."

He also spoke briefly about next month's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and how this character differs from other superheroes.

"He doesn't have demons. He's not Batman, he doesn't struggle with inner turmoil. The nature of this character is that he puts himself last and helps the common good. So he could easily slip into a world of boredom. The blessing and curse of Captain America is that he doesn't have that fancy an ability. He doesn't live in another world, or turn green. He doesn't have bells and whistles, he doesn't shoot missiles. He punches and kicks."

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released April 4th, 2014 and stars Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon.

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  1. Sean

    @shuabert Well, Who ever they cast to replace Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans in the their Iron Man and Captain America roles, I hope that does not happen for a long time until during sometime in the far future.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. Josh


    @themoviefanatic Right, now. But that's only because he's the one you've come to accept in the role. The same could be said for Iron Man and Wolverine, but no one was clamouring for Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. or Hugh Jackman BEFORE those roles were cast. In fact, a lot of fans reacted negatively to those casting announcements. It's only because the actors have had a chance to prove themselves in the roles that we now think they're "perfect" for them. There are any number of actors who could conceivably play a great Captain America, especially if it's a different character than Steve Rogers. Hell, if they keep Bucky around after The Winter Soldier, then Sebastian Stan could be a great option to take over the role. Otherwise they could do a take on Isaiah Bradley. Will Smith was rumoured for Captain America a few years ago. Would he still want to do it? I'd rather see a smaller rising star do the Bradley role if they went that route, and that seems to be more Marvel's style anyway: cast someone like Michael B. Jordan or even someone more established like Tyrese or Chiwetel Ejiofor (though I'd rather see him as Black Panther).

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  3. Sean

    @shuabert I cannot picture anyone else playing Captain America except for Chris Evans.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. Josh

    Death of Cap story. Captain America is bigger than Steve Rogers, and this is a chance to do something really interesting with the MCU.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  5. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 I hope you're right!

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. Sean

    @therealGoku I'm just saying it would be crazy to replace Captain America so soon, because it was only 3 years ago that Chris Evans was brought in to the movie universe to play Captain America in 2011 !

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic phase III is planning many movies its gonna take a while

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  8. undeadslayer4

    @bellandedward1 why theres still avengers 3

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  9. Bellandedward1

    From what I know so far and if what's going to happen to cap at the end of Avengers 2 then there is where his contract will end

    1 year agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  10. thedude-abides

    Only on MW is Captain America going on sabbatical more newsworthy than Leo or Ryan Gosling.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  11. The Real Goku

    @themoviefanatic I'm sure he will eventually. They've been making batman movies since the 80s... Still at it. Are u saying this will be the only generation to get captain America movies? I doubt it

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  12. Sean

    @thedude1 Well, I hope that they won't do it until a long time after phase 3 of the marvel movies is over.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. Alan Michael Parker

    It's obvious he's be typecast in the superhero genre so I think he knows after Captain America his career will drop down to straight to video roles or the occasional rom-com, so maybe he's leaving while he's at the top to try to keep his career alive.

    1 year agoby @Alan-Michael-ParkerFlag

  14. TheDude1

    @themoviefanatic He likely would be just as RDJ will be replaced somewhere down the line. The prouder of these films has already confirmed that is what they will do.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  15. Sean

    @thedude1 I doubt he'll be replaced.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. WongFu

    So what if he wants to take a break, I would too.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  17. The Real Goku

    Too bad he sold his soul to marvel. 38 more movies and he can take a break lol.

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  18. TheDude1

    No!! Evans is amazing as Captain America. Would hate to see him replaced so early on.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

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