Chris Evans says farewell to Captain America and Twitter gets emotional
Presented by: Rich Sands
Emotions on Twitter ran higher that usual on Thursday. The world of fandom — specifically Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom — was sent reeling thanks to a heartfelt tweet from Chris Evans, marking his final day filming in the role of Steve Rogers, aka Captain America.
"Officially wrapped on Avengers 4," he wrote, in reference to next year's follow up to Infinity War. "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."
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.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 4, 2018
Evans, who has played the role in mutliple MCU films since 2011's Capatin America: The First Avenger, had previously implied that this would likely be his final time donning Cap's star-spangled uniform, telling the New York Times in March, "You want to get off the train before they push you off."
Perhaps some fans either didn't hear about that, or assumed he would have a change of heart. But clearly, many were not prepared to say goodbye to their fearless hero. By Thursday evening, the tweet had more than 180,000 retweets, 700,000 favorites, and a staggering 35,000 replies. In addition, the hashtag #ThankYouChrisEvans elicited a bounty of stirring messages throughout the day.
There's a reason why this is trending #ThankYouChrisEvans
You made us love Steve Rogers so much that letting him go is something we don't want to do. You put your heart and soul into this role and we can't thank you enough for it. You will always be our #CaptainAmerica ♥️ pic.twitter.com/b3W9ryOtuy
— Kira Figs (@KiraFigs) October 4, 2018
#ThankYouChrisEvans for showing me that it’s okay to be bold. thank you for providing that being good isn’t a weakness. thank you for always standing up for the people you love, even if it means leaving everything you know behind. thank you for steve rogers. 💖 pic.twitter.com/uUSSptKSNA
— clown (@onhisleft) October 4, 2018
#ThankYouChrisEvans for being to Captain America what Christopher Reeve was to Superman. There will never be anyone who approaches a role like this with as much care and love as you do, and I am forever grateful we got to witness it. We're with you til the end of the line, Cap. pic.twitter.com/KdXfom9j5c
— becka* (@captain__evans) October 4, 2018
— lyk hate club president (@ghostofthor) October 4, 2018
#ThankYouChrisEvans for making me fall in love with a character in a universe that will forever mean so much to me. Thank you for the happiness your movies brought me. The MCU means so much to me & as broken as my heart is I appreciate it all so much. I 💙 you @ChrisEvans pic.twitter.com/irctcRAONR
— mykie ✨ (@mysticmich) October 5, 2018
Thank you for your service Captain, thank you....for everything. pic.twitter.com/3ZdTmCThkP
— ⚡Mustafa Prime⚡ (@Mustafa_Zidi) October 5, 2018
Your return the the marvel universe as Steve has been one of the greatest gifts we fans could have received. Thank you for bringing him to life Chris. It’s been a privilege to be in your audience.
— Eric Campbell (@16BitEric) October 4, 2018
The yet-to-be-titled fourth Avengers movie doesn't come out until May 4, 2019, so Evans has some time to reconsider this apparent decision. Clearly his fans hope he does.