It seems that fans eagerly awaiting the sequel to this summer's patriotic box-office blockbuster, Captain America: The First Avenger may have to bide their time until 2014.
In an interview with indieWIRE, star, Chris Evans discussed the terms of his three-film contract with Marvel, in which next summer's The Avengers will count as the second film. Thus, the studio will need to use the character sparingly, not having him make Samuel L. Jackson-like cameos in the growing number of Avengers-related films.
The actor also gives a candid response to some of the Internet feedback over his look in leaked Avengers set photos.
Is the actor taking it well?
Marvel recently announced that they've allocated slots for May 16, 2014 and June 27, 2014. Since Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 are set for close releases in summer 2013, it's a safe bet that Captain America takes one of those slots, closely alongside a new project. (Ant-Man and Doctor Strange have been among the rumored projects.)
On the Captain America sequel, Evans comments:
“They may wait until 2014 until they release the next Cap. Marvel has a lot of balls in the air, they aren’t going to cannibalize their films.” Adding: “Out of those six films, if I pop up in one of those [other films], it counts as part of the deal. So if they needed me in a third Cap, and I say, ‘F**k you, give me $30 million,’ well…they want to avoid that.”
So, much like copper during Cap's World War II heyday, Marvel will ration him to make the most out of his contract.
Also, those "balls" that Marvel has in the air will undoubtedly bring the danger of superhero ennui at the box-office and having a Captain America sequel too soon after his returning role in The Avengers next year would be ill-conceived. So, yes, a 2014 release date is hardly surprising news.
Commenting on his costume in The Avengers, Evans openly says that "you always look so horrible in those pictures" and that "there's no way to look good in those photos," which prompted him to stop looking altogether. However, he kind of passes the buck to director, Joss Whedon on his character's look this time around.:
“The first one was a 1940s look, very utilitarian, something that would serve a purpose on the battlefield,” says Evans. “But in ‘The Avengers,’ Joss just had a certain vision in his mind about what he wanted Cap to look like. That’s what he wanted to see. It’s so nice working on these movies and the director’s a fan. He’s the dude at Comic-Con that we’re terrified of pissing off. If Joss is happy, I’m happy.”
Marvel has definitely found themselves deeply committed into this enormous superhero tent-pole, for better or worse. Hopefully, the big brass are moving forward with full awareness of the value of timing and the perils of overexposure.