Captain America Hangs Up His Shield

Discussing Chris Evans retiring from his comic book alter ego.

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Chris Evans announced via Twitter that the next Avengers movie will be the last time he dons the stars and stripes as Captain America.

It is a sad day for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Evans completely captured the role and made it his own.

In Captain America: The First Avenger, when he jumps on the grenade, willing to sacrifice himself to keep the others safe, you knew he was a hero before he ever received the super soldier serum.

Then came the first Avengers movie. Steve Rogers steps in his role as leader brilliantly. Among the heroes, there is a billionaire in a flying tank, a rage monster, a super spy, and a literal god. They defer to Rogers, and the viewer buys it. He commands respect, and Evans embodied the stoic man in charge perfectly. You believe the man from a simpler time is capable of giving orders to Earth’s mightiest heroes.

But, there’s another moment that cemented Cap as my favorite hero, and one of my favorite characters on the big screen.

It comes in The Winter Soldier. Cap, feeling disillusioned, visits Agent Peggy Carter in her nursing home. The scene is sad enough, with Steve looking at pictures of Peggy’s husband and realizing the life he could have had. But then this happens. There’s a momentary shift in Peggy’s demeanor and we get this.

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She’s suffering from dementia and has forgotten the conversation that they having previously.

And Chris Evan’s as Steve Rogers reacts perfectly.

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He smiles, but you can see the pain. He stays strong, because he doesn’t want to upset the woman he loves.

It’s maybe his most heroic moment, and perfectly encapsulates the man who does what’s right no matter what.

And, I’m sorry to see him go, but I hope Chris Evans enjoys his new projects.

Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories.

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