Chris Evans may have to pick up his Captain America shield at least one more time. The actor emotionally reflected on what sounded like his last day as Steve Rogers after finishing additional photography on Avengers 4 early last month. According to director Joe Russo, however, it’s a little premature to start planning the retirement party.
“I think it was more emotional for him than us, only because he’s not done yet,” Russo tells the Associated Press. “And I won’t explain what that means, but the audience will soon understand what I’m talking about.”
Avengers 4 is still five months away, so we’ll just go ahead and speculate on what Russo’s comments mean. The most obvious point is that Steve Rogers, while ranked highest on most Avengers 4 dead pools, may actually survive the film. Cap could live to fight another day and in another film, if Chris Evans has signed (or will sign) a new contract with Marvel Studios.
Before getting too excited, though, remember that Russo may only be referring to another round of additional photography or reshoots for Avengers 4. Yes, Joe and his brother/directing partner, Anthony, already called a wrap A4 additional photography last month, but that does not necessarily mean cameras will not roll again.
A4‘s additional photography was a little different (and much bigger) than what we usually see from Marvel Studios. Marvel always plans to go back and shoot more footage, but it’s often a relatively small operation that lasts two or three weeks. A4 underwent more of what I’d call a delayed production period as opposed to “additional photography” because it was as if the film was intentionally left unfinished during principal photography, which ended in January of this year.
That the Russos publicly announced a wrap on additional photography suggests it was more than that. After all, they were shooting for a month, which is double the time of the usual reshoot period for a Marvel movie.
This is a long way of getting to the point that A4 may still undergo a more typical round of additional photography. Marvel often schedules that round for just a few months before a film’s release (Captain Marvel is in the middle of that process now). Evans could be part of the plans for an upcoming round of (even more) additional photography on A4 that would likely take place in January (like we saw with Avengers: Infinity War last year).
Evans may have more work to do, but don’t cross Cap off of your dead pool just yet.
Avengers 4 is currently scheduled for release on May 3, 2019.