‘Captain America’ actor Chris Evans backtracks on retirement hints

Marvel star says reports are 'silly'

Captain America star Chris Evans has backtracked on recent comments he made which suggested he planned on quitting acting.

In a recent interview with Variety, Evans hinted that he saw his future behind the camera and, once his contract with Marvel had expired, he would leave acting behind to focus on a career as a director.

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

However, speaking to Good Morning America yesterday (March 31), Evans clarified: “I said that I directed last year. I really responded to it. I really enjoyed it. I’d love to focus a little bit more on that.

“By no means am I planning on retiring,” he added. “It’s kind of a silly statement. But I certainly am going to try to focus a bit more on directing at this point.”

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.