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Chris Evans has been rather vocal about the fact that he has little interest in returning as Captain America despite the mind-boggling success of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, but according to Deadline’s sources, the popular actor has had a change of heart and is interested in at least one additional payday from Marvel Studios.

While the chances of a new mainline Captain America installment starring Evans (e.g., The Winter Soldier) appear to be slim, the report seems to be confident that he’ll return in some capacity likened to Robert Downey Jr.’s supporting roles in MCU films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming.

“It’s still vague whether the deal is closed, but insiders say it’s headed in that direction for Evans to return as Steve Rogers aka Captain America in at least one Marvel property, with the door open for a second film,” Deadline wrote. “Sources add it’s unlikely to be a new Captain America installment and more likely to be like what Robert Downey Jr. did after Iron Man 3, appearing in such films as Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

The finale of Avengers: Endgame implied that Steve Rogers ended up living a happy albeit ordinary life with Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter, but with this being a superhero franchise involving time travel and multi-verses, there are infinite ways that Captain America can make a return. The character could even find his way into one of the many streaming series that Marvel has planned for Disney+.

Chris Evans has since denied the report on Twitter.

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