MCU star Chris Evans has at last — to the dismay of fans surrounding the globe — relinquished the Rogers mantle, passing on Cap’s shield to Falcon. For nearly a decade, Evans played the righteous, heroic, and upstanding savior, Captain America; thus, it should come as no surprise that he grew intimately tied to the admirable protagonist. Fans, as we speak, are drawing connections between the actor and his Marvel counterpart.
Though Chris Evans may be best known for his turn as Captain America, for it placed him on a quickly ascending ladder to A-list status, he is determined to show the world he is capable of more. Evans is set to star in Knives Out — as a snot with a fondness for swear words and condescension — and Jekyll, as a descendant of the infamous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
However, if you take a look at Evans’ IMDb profile, unlike some of his fellow Avengers, you will realize that it is not stacked with a ton of upcoming movies — or some impending five-year career destiny. Chris Evans recently appeared in The Red Sea Diving Resort, and according to IMDb, only has three projects on the horizon: the two mentioned above and the TV series Defending Jacob. So, why the limited roles? Is this a choice? Are casting directors looking at other actors instead?
Why Chris Evans is only set to star in 3 upcoming movies following his MCU run
During a recent interview with The New York Times, Chris Evans discussed his life as an MCU actor, what his plans are moving forward, and why he enjoys spending time in his home state of Massachusetts. Evans told The Times:
When I think about the times that I’m happiest, it’s not on a movie set…I’ve stopped thinking about my trajectory, or my oeuvre, or whatever pretentious word you want to use. I’m just following whatever I feel creatively hungry for.
Chris Evans, following what his heart tells him to do, explained to The Times that he plans to spend less time on sets; thus, he revealed to The New York Times that he intends to only film one movie per year, which is the likely explanation behind the shortlist of upcoming roles on his IMDb profile.
If Evans only intends to film one movie per year, he will likely be choosing his pictures and TV shows carefully, as to show range and spread his creative wings. In Defending Jacob, he will portray a detective forced to come to terms with the possibility that his son is a murderer. Talk about family drama.
If Chris Evans upholds this promise to himself, it will be interesting to see the roles he chooses moving forward, as fans will come to expect his on-screen presence less frequently and, as a result, will likely hold his work to a higher standard (as is the case with Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis). However, Chris Evans does not seem to desire entry into a different category of actors; based on his interview, he just wants to spend more time at home, with his family and friends.