Captain America is a lot of things to a lot of people, but for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s the First Avenger – the beating heart and moral compass of this wildly successful franchise.
This, coupled with those leaked set pics of the hero dressed in his Phase One attire, have fueled all sorts of debate online, as curious fans try to solve Avengers 4 and its use of time travel. Surely it’s the only way Earth’s Mightiest Heroes can defeat Thanos? Who knows, but Evans himself damn near broke the internet this afternoon by announcing that he’d now wrapped filming on the hugely anticipated sequel.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote:
Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.
Of course, fans have been rocked hard by the actor’s tweet, thinking it means that Cap’s about to meet his maker. And down below, you’ll find just a sampling of the reactions that’ve been pouring out onto the web.
Why did you just spoil your death pic.twitter.com/PNFND20KzF
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) October 4, 2018
This sounds like a very final tweet. I'm not ready to say goodbye to Cap yet, I wish you could keep playing the role for the rest of your life lol. I'm praying that Steve has a happy ending and doesn't die, that would be too hard to watch. You're amazing Chris. ?? xx
— Siobhan #SaveTimeless ?? (@slinehan1) October 4, 2018
please don’t tell me cap is dead do NOT
— court misses niall || SM 11 (@spideyshxlland) October 4, 2018
damn so captain america really dead huh
— serg (@discolizard_) October 4, 2018
you will be missed Chris pic.twitter.com/utAQjAYOeJ
— Nikky Violetta ?? (@violamad79) October 4, 2018
Marvel: Okay, guys, Avengers 4 is big, so you’ve got to do your best from spoiling it.
Chris Evans: Hold up. I’m tweeting my emotional goodbye from the role of Captain America.
Marvel: Wait, what?
Evans: and send tweet
— Walt (@UberKryptonian) October 4, 2018
HOLY SH*T. y’all do realize that we’re going to have to watch steve or thor or tony, or all, die in avengers 4. we will never see some of them again. we’re actually going to watch our favs DIE. like,, forreal. dead. gone. forever. wtf?????
— mari (@hemsthorth) October 4, 2018
This finna be all of us in Avengers 4…
Don't leave us Cap ? pic.twitter.com/YSj6BgPA89
— Nicole ☀️At Sunrise (@alamanecer) October 4, 2018
Rest in peace, Captain America.
With Chris Evans' tweet, he is clearly set to die in next year's 'Avengers 4'. pic.twitter.com/Gaz8WyEGoa
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) October 4, 2018
you're gonna die in Avengers 4 pic.twitter.com/uEWDnB2o5H
— Spooky Dan Casey (@DanCasey) October 4, 2018
Chris Evans has wrapped filming of ‘Avengers 4,’ and sounds like he’s saying goodbye forever ? pic.twitter.com/fryfXVW7Or
— Marvel Facts & News (@MarveIFacts) October 4, 2018
Chris Evans has wrapped filming of ‘Avengers 4’ ?? pic.twitter.com/4uExcof1fK
— Culture Crave ? (@CultureCrave) October 4, 2018
Congrats to Chris Evans for spoiling Avengers 4, mad respect
— ? Goredon ? (@Gewgs) October 4, 2018
i'm REALLY emotional about chris evans, avengers 4, and that being the last time we'll see him as captain america. i need to take a personal day from work for the rest of the day and tomorrow
— melyssa (@melyssawithay) October 4, 2018
lmao chris’s tweet?? nah fam i’ve just decided i will not be watching avengers 4. im not ready to have an mcu that doesn’t have chris evans/steve rogers.
— mari (@hemsthorth) October 4, 2018
Given Marvel Studios’ stated desire to introduce new characters in the next phase of the MCU, together with Rogers’ inherently self-sacrificing nature, it’s understandable why so many fans feel that it’s unlikely he’s going to make it through Avengers 4. Now, Evans’ tweet has only added more fuel to the fire and whether he’s hinting at Cap’s death or not, it’s pretty clear that the upcoming sequel will be the last time we see him on screen.
On May 3rd, 2019, the untitled Avengers 4 will shake Marvel’s cinematic universe down to its very foundations, before the likes of Spider-Man: Far From Home and the inevitable sequels to Doctor Strange and Black Panther forge a new legacy in 2020 and beyond.