It's been eight years since Chris Evans first picked up Captain America's infamous red, white and blue shield to play the Marvel Cinematic Universe's First Avenger. In that time, it has felt like Evans and Cap have become synonymous with one another, two peas in a superhero pod. Imagining a world without Evans as Cap is tough, even unthinkable for some fans, and yet that time has finally come. On Thursday, Evans announced on Twitter that he had shot his final scenes as Captain America, sending his fans into a very sad place.
"Officially wrapped on Avengers 4,” Evans wrote. “It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful."
Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 4, 2018
There has been a great deal of speculation that the fourth, as-yet-unnamed Avengers film would be Evans' last. Evans has already been signing on to other projects, like the upcoming Apple TV drama Defending Jacob, and he's mentioned in the past that he wasn't really married to the idea of playing Captain America indefinitely. In fact, in March, Evans told Variety, “You want to get off the train before they push you off" — which, it seems, Evans has.
An important thing to remember, too, was that the actor was also no longer under contract. When Evans started his tenure as Steve Rogers/Captain America, he had signed on for a six-film deal — and last April's Avengers: Infinity War was his sixth film.
Of course, that doesn't mean fans are happy. In fact, many are very upset.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 4, 2018
Ok I know I should be concentrating on my song right now but I’m so sad that @ChrisEvans isn’t playing captain America anymore 🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️
— Liam (@LiamPayne) October 5, 2018
i need to call in sick today…it's an emergency…chris evans isn't playing captain america anymore and i need seven business days to recover
— gabi (@harleivy) October 5, 2018
IM SUCH AN EMOTIONAL MESS THE 8 YEARS HE HAS PORTRAYED STEVE ROGERS WAS MAGNIFICENT. GOING TO MISS SEEING HIM PLAYING CAPTAIN AMERICA ON THE BIG SCREENS pic.twitter.com/oaeuB2SbDh
— ✨Maria✨ (@quacksonqueen) October 5, 2018
— Crypto Wolf (@TheCryptoWolf69) October 5, 2018
Chris Evans. thank you for being Captain America in front and behind the camera. You are a true hero and we will never forget you. pic.twitter.com/Bo4FmwoKpY
— hannah (@lillseb) October 4, 2018
I am an adult with grown up problemes, but I am currently crying because @ChrisEvans portrayal of Captain America meant so much for me. Just like for these kids. He is Cap. Thank you Cap. 😭#ThankYouChrisEvans pic.twitter.com/m79irqrG1O
— honestF (@HonestFata) October 4, 2018
So…you’re crying because Chris Evans is done playing Captain America pic.twitter.com/xk8tSiQ0GA
— 〽️ari (@GucciGuwopJr) October 5, 2018
And who can blame them? I mean, Evans is Captain America.
That said, there is one bit of good news: We still have one more chance to see Evans as Cap in Avengers 4. But grab your tissues on May 3, because we have a feeling this one will be a doozy.