It should come to no one’s surprise that Evans thought that Robert Downey Jr. was more likely to retire from the super hero scene before Evans. It’s already known that Evan’s contract with Marvel comes to an end with the fourth installment of the Avengers. However, some time last year, Evans said that if Marvel ever asked him to come back, that he would. But in an interview promoting his new movie, Gifted, Evans reflected on the inevitability of having to leave the role of Steve Rogers behind.
“I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be hard for me. But the passing of time and the passing of torches is part of the experience. Nothing lasts forever. There’s a beauty in that departure, even if it can be sad at times. It’s also joyful…I’ve had a great run. Superheroes are reinventable entities, like Batman or even James Bond. These movies find new incarnations and new ways to tell the story. I am all for it. However they want to proceed after Avengers 4, it’s really up to them. I walk away with no regrets and endlessly thankful.”
As it is with Jackman, it would be hard to imagine another actor playing the role of Steve Rogers. Granted, he hasn’t been playing the character as long as Jackman played Wolverine, the feeling would still be the same. Here is what Evans had to say about Downey Jr. and him leaving the MCU. His contract also expires at the same time as Evans’ does.
“Downey is far closer to reaching that point where he may walk away. And I don’t know how you replace Downey as Tony Stark. I don’t know who else can touch that.”
Agreed. When Robery Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark, no role could have suited him any better. It was a match made in heaven. And when he decides to hang up the costume, it will definitely be a sad day indeed in the comic book movie industry. Sadly, nothing lasts forever, and fans will eventually have to deal with these issues. Until then, take it all in, and, whether you love them or not, appreciate the actors for their hard work and dedication.