It’s been nearly two months since Chris Evans posted a melodramatic tweet about Avengers 4, writing that he had officially wrapped his work on the future blockbuster. “It was an emotional day to say the least,” he wrote, a melancholic note that many fans assumed was Evans’s way of saying that his time playing Captain America had come to an end. He later had to double back and address fervent fan speculation after his message went viral: “I know it had a ripple effect, but I am neither confirming nor denying anything,” he said, cagily. So fan speculation resumed, with the popular consensus being that Evans would most likely put down Cap’s shield after Avengers 4.
But now, we have a wrench in the form of the film’s co-director Joe Russo, who has helmed the last two Captain America movies and Avengers: Infinity War with his brother, Anthony. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Russo weighed in on Evans’s tweet. But instead of brushing it off or playing it down, he made the whole affair even more confusing.
“I think it was more emotional for him than us only because, you know, he’s not done yet,” Russo said, with a little laugh. In that small laugh is an entire universe of spoilery knowledge. O.K., but: how could the wrap-up of Avengers 4 be more emotional for the actor if Evans is not, in fact, finished with the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Naturally, Russo anticipated that query as well—so he continued: “I won’t explain what that means, but the audience will soon understand what I’m talking about.”
Well, that’s a beautiful pile of nothing. Soon, we will all be enlightened—but for now, Russo is going to enjoy playing little mind games.
The director also spoke a little bit about the upcoming film, saying that it’s halfway through the editing process and currently stands at about three hours long. He also talked a bit about Disney’s recent $52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, which now makes it possible for characters like Deadpool, which were owned by the rival studio, to pop up in the main Marvel movies, though that process might take some time. “It seems like—I haven’t talked directly to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios head] about it, so I don’t know what his plans are—but my guess would be that there’d be a little bit of time to integrate some of the other characters,” Russo said. Which is nice, because we will need more stars to fill up the space left behind by Captain America if, or when, or if he goes.