It’s quite difficult for me to stop seeing certain actors as the superhero roles they once played. I can’t look at Christian Bale the same again. Don’t even get me started on Hugh Jackman. Now, with Chris Evans himself appearing to have wrapped up his work as the iconic Captain America, this is a theme that will go on for a long, long time. But this one was different for me. Hearing that Evans is (probably) no longer going to be Cap felt way, way worse, in terms of, for lack of a better word: heartache.
We didn’t see Nolan’s Gotham again after his Batman movies. We didn’t see Logan director James Mangold’s "future X-Men" timeline post-Wolverine. But we will see the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Captain America leaves it. Now, I don’t know the fate of the character. Whether he dies or not is up in the air. Whether it’s a proper sendoff with Steve Rogers having a bittersweet goodbye, or a meaningful death that’ll absolutely wreck us, is still unknown. But folks who had talked to and built relationships with Steve will still be around. Tom Holland as Peter Parker? Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther? Yup. They’re not going anywhere (despite what the latest installment may have you think).
With a character as pivotal as Cap, you’re going to continually face the question of where he is (that is, if he survives the next film). Whenever a new solo Marvel movie comes out, we usually get the “Well, where were the other Avengers to help out?” question. We always wonder about what the other heroes are doing. So, how exactly does this work, with a character who has been with us since the beginning? We’ll find out soon, not only with Evans, but with the other main-tier characters as well.
There’s not a character in this franchise whose moral compass is as dead-on as Steve’s.
It really sucks that it took this recent update on Evans wrapping to make me realize that Captain America is my favorite Avenger. He always knew what was right from wrong, from the very beginning. Nothing that had been said to him, or even done to him, over the span of these films had made him change his ideals. His character doesn’t have an arc whatsoever. Usually, this would be a criticism, but not here, as the film series still manages to give him layers. I say this because folks describe certain characters as “boring” when their moral compass can’t be changed. When they have an affinity for truth and justice. This is not one of those cases. This is the example of a Boy Scout role done right—particularly at a moment in time when we've needed a character like this to look up to.
When this is all said and done, I can’t wait to see what Evans is going to work on next. He’s a talented guy, and he’s going to have zero problem landing in projects as high-profile as this series. I’ll just … you know. Miss him, is all. Don’t tell him that, please. Don’t tell @ChrisEvans I said all of these incredibly positive things. Unrelated, but the guy looks really good with a beard. Oh, and a mustache. You guys see him with a mustache? My girlfriend broke up with me shortly after pictures of him having one came out. I don’t think that was a coincidence. Thanks a lot, Chris.