Friday, May 24, 2024

Chris Evans Laughs Off Rumors He’ll Return to Marvel Studios as Captain America: “News to me”


At the end of “Avengers: Endgame,” Chris Evans retires as Captain America and hands his famed shield to Anthony Mackie. Evans goes on to a much loved performance as the playboy son and maybe murderer in “Knives Out,” and makes cable knit sweaters popular again.

Today a wild rumor went through the entertainment press that Evans was returning to Marvel Studios as Captain America in some form. The story flew from site to site, with wild speculation and no facts.

Finally, around 5pm Eastern, Evans responded on Twitter: “News to me.” A minute later, he wrote: “Some of the gif responses are priceless good work, everyone”

Earlier in the day I asked my insider expert on these matters. They responded: “Probably a flashback thing or some kind of appearance. Doesn’t affect Mackie.”

And that is probably right. As much as everyone loves a Marvel “leak,” these people are trained to deflect, obfuscate, and actually lie when secrets seem to have been divulged. It’s all orchestrated, and designed to create renewed interest in the films.

In all likelihood, Evans turns up for a cameo in the upcoming six part miniseries, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” starring Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, which will show Wilson/Falcon’s transition to Captain America. The miniseries airs on Disney Plus sometime this year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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