Captain America no more – Chris Evans leaves blockbuster role

American actor Chris Evans, who took on the role of iconic comic book hero since the character hit screens in 2011, announced on social media he will not be returning as the fictional World War II hero again.

"Playing the role over the last eight years has been an honor," the actor stated. "Thank you for the memories!"

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Evans played the Captain in the character‘s films, as well as films about the Avengers, a fictional team lead by Captain America, and other movies he makes short cameos in that take part in the fictional Marvel universe.

Captain America isn‘t the only Marvel superhero Evans played; he additionally played the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four films.

While less noticeable than the Avenger films or the Captain America films which were embraced by fans around the world, the Fantastic Four films were not as successful at the box office. However, Evans was able to play a much more light-hearted role as the Human Torch, who is playful, boyish, and slightly egoistical – everything that Captain America is not.

Evans wrapped up his involvement in The Avengers 4 film, which is due to be released in 2019.

Rumors among fans claim that his character is killed or replaced by another hero. However, it is also possible Evans did not want to play Captain America anymore, not unlike Australian actor Hugh Jackman, who decided not to resume the role of the mutant Wolverine in the X-men movies in 2017, yet another Marvel Comics franchise.

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Created by Jewish-American writer Joe Simon and Jewish-American artist Jack Kirby, Captain America took on . Being a very weak young man, he joins the US army to fight the Nazis in World War II, where he is given superpowers thanks to a serum developed by his scientist friend. The character becomes both powerful and ethical, representing a highly idealistic version of American values which is respected by all the other characters in the fictional Marvel universe.

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