Avengers 4 will act as a point of demarcation for the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing its first ten-year chapter to a close — along with numerous contracts belonging to its biggest stars.
“The contract is done. A lot of our contracts are through,” Captain America star Chris Evans told Good Morning America when promoting Avengers: Infinity War, explaining his contract expires alongside longtime Iron Man and Thor stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth.
“Myself, Downey, Hemsworth, we all kind of started roughly at the same time, and I think we all, through Avengers 4, kind of wrap it up,” Evans said. “So at this point, I don’t know what’s next, but yeah, by 2019, that’s it.”
A November profile of Marvel Studios by Vanity Fair noted the contractual obligations of the big three are fulfilled in Avengers 4 alongside fellow franchise stars Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), who has already signed on to reprise her role as the deadly spy-turned-superhero in a standalone prequel set before the events of 2012’s The Avengers.
When asked what happens when the MCU’s stars choose to move on, Marvel Studios chief and master planner Kevin Feige said that’s something the studio “can look to in the comics.”