Marvel star says he wants to work behind the camera

Chris Evans has hinted that he will quit acting once he has finished his stint playing Captain America.

Evans has three more films to run on his contract with Marvel and, according to Variety, he plans on focusing his attention on directing once his obligations are fulfilled. He recently finished work on his directorial debut, the low-budged film 1:30 Train.

“If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing,” he said of his future plans. “I can’t see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I’m contractually obligated to do.”

He also acknowledged that his portrayal of Captain America had given him the opportunity to explore a career as a filmmaker, adding: “Without these movies, I wouldn’t be directing. They gave me enough overseas recognition to greenlight a movie. And if I’m speaking extremely candidly, it’s going to continue to do that for as long as the Marvel contract runs.”

Evans will reprise his role as Captain America in the forthcoming sequel The Winter Soldier. He will be joined by Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury for the sequel, while Anthony Mackie plays a superhero called the Falcon who has the ability to fly and Robert Redford appears as a a senior official within government agency SHIELD.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in cinemas on April 4, 2014. Click below to watch a trailer.