Chris Evans announced that he is officially putting down his shield after eight years of playing Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The actor first played Steve Rogers aka Captain America in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. He would go on to participate in other Marvel films such as in The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), as well as several cameos in other Marvel films.

“Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor,” the actor expressed.

Chris Evans previously hinted to everyone that he will be retiring the character during an interview with the The New York Times. He jokingly said, “You want to get off the train before they push you off.”

People are expressing their emotions with tributes, loving messages, as well as replies from familiar personalities such as Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Chris Evans shall make his final appearance as Captain America in the currently untitled Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.