Chris Evans Is Rumored to Be Eyeing a Return to Marvel as Captain America (Report)

Chris Evans is reportedly preparing to take his Captain America shield out of retirement.

The actor is rumored to be eyeing a return to his role as the superhero in a new Marvel project, according to Deadline.

Marvel did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Hours after Deadline's report published, Evans tweeted: "News to me."

Evans has always been vocal about hanging up his shield, sending fans into a frenzy when he tweeted a heartwarming goodbye to Avengers: Endgame and his role in October 2018–signifying that the film could be his last time playing Steve Rogers.

"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," Evans wrote at the time.

In November 2019, Evans revealed he frequently considered retiring from acting in a conversation with his costar Scarlett Johansson as part of Variety's Actors on Actors series. 

"Every couple of months, I decide I'm done acting," he said. "This has been my thing for decades now. I'm always looking for a way out, but I do love it."

But Evans doesn't appear to be retiring any time soon. In December it was announced the actor would voice the original Buzz Lightyear in an upcoming Pixar film, Lightyear.

Set to hit theaters in two years on June 17, 2022, the movie "is the definitive story of the original Buzz Lightyear," who inspired the toy that was voiced by Tim Allen throughout four Toy Story films from 1995 to 2019.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, the Captain America star said, "I don't even have the words," alongside a short video teaser posted by Pixar of the film's title.

Evans also cleared up any misconceptions about his role in a tweet, writing, "Just to be clear, this isn't Buzz Lightyear the toy. This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on."

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