Avengers star Chris Evans has told RTÉ Entertainment that he does not know if he would be interested in reprising his superhero role as Captain America ten years down the line for a gritty movie in the vein of Hugh Jackman's recent X-Men spin-off Logan.
Evans, who is back on Irish cinema screens from this weekend in the family drama Gifted, is due to finish up his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the two-part Avengers: Infinity War in April 2018 and April 2019.
Asked by RTÉ Entertainment if returning as an older, wearier Captain America was part of his career plan, Evans admitted that it was "tough to say for sure".
"I mean, I love the character," he continued. "I love my time in the Marvel world. And Marvel is certainly the 'Midas touch machine' - everything they do is quality.
"So I would never question whether or not it would be of a calibre that I would be interested in. My creative appetites kind of change with the tides, so who knows what I'll be feeling down the road."
Gifted has been described as Kramer-vs-Kramer-meets-Good Will Hunting and follows Evans' odd job man Frank as he battles to raise pint-sized genius Mary (Mckenna Grace) as a normal child.
When put to Evans that the film feels very much like an actor looking to life after Marvel, he replied: "That's never the intention. I don't really approach my career in terms of how I'm perceived or what people will expect of me. I follow my creative appetite - whatever I feel like pursuing that's what I pursue."
The 36-year-old went on to say that Gifted was simply "a story that I connected to".
"It was a film I probably would've seen even if I weren't [sic] a part of it," he explained.
"I like family dramas. I like relationships where adults speak to children as peers - I think there's a really nice dynamic there. I was interested to see who we would get to play this little girl. It's such a meaty role for a young actor and McKenna just knocked it out of the park."
Gifted is in cinemas now. Read our review here.
Evans will next be seen as Captain America in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opens on July 5.