Captain America star Chris Evans has revealed that he does not want to pursue a career in acting.

The 32-year-old actor told Variety that he would prefer to work off-screen as a director once his Marvel contract is up.

He explained: "If I'm acting at all, it's going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing.

"I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do."

Evans recently made his directorial debut in 1:30 Train, which he also starred in and produced.

He said: "I've known for a while I wanted to direct. But [time] never really opens up. There's another movie to do, there's another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, 'You know what, I have to do this'."

The superhero star added that he recognised that playing Captain America in the Marvel series has given him the opportunity to further his career in directing.

He said: "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."

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released in cinemas on March 28.