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We all shed a tear when Chris Evans' Captain America made his emotional exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the end of Avengers: Endgame (spoiler schmoiler, you've had nearly two years to watch it).
In January of this year, however, reports began to circulate that Evans would be returning to the role, despite the actor saying it was all news to him. Now Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has also gotten involved, and it looks like he's shutting down the rumours too.
Putting it simply, the 47-year-old explained that Evans himself has already had the final say.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Feige said: "I rarely answer no to anything anymore because things are always surprising me with what happens, but that rumour, I think, was dispelled rather quickly by the man himself."
Hmmm... still not a definite no, then?
He isn't the only person to speak about Evans' possible return (albeit a return that looks less likely by the second). Falcon actor Anthony Mackie also said he had 'no idea' what's going on with the 39-year-old actor.
Ahead of the release of his new Marvel show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Mackie said: "I was actually fishing [when the report came out]. When I came back in to get some shrimp, the dude at the dock was like, 'Hey, man! Did you see this s***?!'
"I've been going to the same guy to get my bait for like 20 years and all of a sudden now he's a fan. He had no idea who I was. Now he's a fan.
"Marvel's so secretive, and it's so ridiculous about what we know and what we don't know. I have no idea. The dude at the dock selling me shrimp knows more about what's going on with Marvel than I do."
News to me♂️
- Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 14, 2021
Sebastian Stan, who also returns as Bucky Barnes in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is in the same boat as Mackie, with seemingly no idea what's happening.
He told EW: "Anything is possible, right? I saw he tweeted something about it. So, I don't know. I feel like usually he knows what to say in those things, so I didn't know what to make of it. And I truly don't have any intel on that.
"I feel like you can't ever think of the words 'Captain America' without thinking about Chris Evans. He's done such an amazing job with it, and I feel like he's always going to have this presence. And he has a presence in our show."
Back in July 2020, Evans stated that he wouldn't be returning. We should have believed him then... if only everyone told the truth all the time, eh?
He was quizzed on The Graham Norton Show about his time as Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Norton asked Evans - who tuned in via video link - if it really was the end for his take on Captain America, to which the star responded: "Yes, I think it is.
"It was a great run and we went out on such a high note that it would be risky to revisit it in my opinion. It was such a good experience and I think it's better left that way."
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