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Chris Evans says farewell to Captain America as he completes Avengers 4 filming

Captain America once promised to be there until the end of the line, and for Chris Evans, that end appears to have arrived.

Evans tweeted Thursday that he has just finished filming his last scenes for Avengers 4, seeming to confirm that he is officially done portraying the iconic superhero. "Playing this role over the last eight years has been an honor," he writes, also thanking fans for the memories. This comes after Evans previously suggested he might be finished with the Marvel film franchise in a March interview with The New York Times, saying, "You want to get off the train before they push you off."

At the time of that interview, Evans said he expected his last hurrah to be the Avengers 4 reshoots, which he is done with now. Evans previously signed a contract with Marvel that expires with Avengers 4, the mysterious (and still untitled) sequel to Avengers: Infinity War that opens next summer. It remains to be seen whether Captain America might die or retire in that film, but Evans' tweet sure makes it sound like he gets a definitive ending.

Steve Rogers probably won't be the only one saying goodbye, though. The era that began in 2008 with Iron Man ends in 2019 with Avengers 4, and several characters' storylines will come to an end, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. With Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., also talking about wanting to retire sooner rather than later, let's just say you may want to have tissues at the ready when Avengers 4 opens on May 3, 2019.