Captain America star Chris Evans is ready to throw in the acting towel and retire. Chris Evans had previously hinted at retirement saying how he would like to explore behind the scenes work as a director. Chris started his career in some small TV movie roles, but it was the 2001 teen comedy film Not Another Teen Movie that was his real breakthrough role into Hollywood.
Since then Chris has stared in a variety of genre films, each one moving further away from his comedic start and focusing on more dramatic roles. Most recently the Captain America star played a notorious serial killer who froze the bodies of his victims after killing them in the 2012 film The Iceman, a definite departure of his early acting career and most definitely nothing like our heroic Captain America.
Chris Evans is no stranger to playing comic book characters, his first appearance as one was in the 2005 film Fantastic Four, where he played Johnny Storm. He also played him again in the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both early indications to his charismatic presence as a comic book hero on screen. Other memorable mentions of the Captain America star in comic book roles are in the 2007 film TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and also the 2010 film The Losers.
But fret not Captain America fans, while Chris Evans does plan on retiring, we will still be seeing much of him on the screen for the next few years in his red, white and blues. When Chris Evans first signed on to play Captain America with Marvel, he signed a multiple movie contract and therefore is obligated to return as Captain America for a few more times.
His first feature with Marvel was in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger, he later was in the 2012 film The Avengers. Chris Evans also showed up as Captain America in a small cameo in 2013 film Thor: The Dark World, and on April 4th 2014 his latest film under Marvel will be Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He is also already slated to return in the 2015 sequel film The Avengers: Age of Ultron and rumored to complete his stand alone trilogy in the yet to be titled 2016 Captain America film. It is no wonder why the actor is set on retiring after playing the heroic Captain America.
While the Captain America star does plan to retire from acting, Chris Evans does not want to step too far away from Hollywood as he plans on being in the film business as a director. His directorial debut will come out later this year with the release of the film 1:30 to Nowhere in which he also stars alongside actress Alice Eve. They will play strangers who meet in the dark under belly of New York one night where each of their own conflicts collide.
If Chris Evans directorial skills are reminiscent of that of his acting skills, then we should be in for a treat with his behind the camera work in the future. Till then, we can enjoy Chris Evans for a little while longer before he retires as our finest American hero, Captain America.
Opinion by Miguel A. Tamayo