Comicbook.com hosted an Avengers: Endgame watch party on April 27. The film’s directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, joined to share behind the scenes stories from the film. From their shared Twitter account, The Russo Brothers shared behind the scenes photos and videos of Chris Evans as Captain America, including one where he totally breaks character in one of the film’s most solemn moments.
[Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.]
Avengers: Endgame sent the Marvel superheroes back in time throughout the previous cinematic universe films. On Cap’s last trip, he stayed there until he became an old man. He went back to meet Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) at the moment they sent him back to return allthe Infinity Stones. But first, here are some more Chris Evans tidbits from the Russo Brothers.
The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ elevator scene was easier than ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
One of the most memorable scenes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier was an elevator fight scene between Cap and Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo)’s men. Avengers: Endgame found Evans in an elevator with the same people. Now that Cap knows they’re Hydra, he pretends to be on their side to get out of that elevator quickly.
Captain America was almost the Soul Stone
Perhaps the most difficult Infinity Stone to retrieve was the Soul Stone because it required a sacrifice. That was Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in Avengers: Infinity War and Natasha Romanoff in Endgame. The Russo Brothers shared they had a third option involving Evans, but it didn’t last long.
“Early on in development talks we considered making Cap the soul stone,” they tweeted. “But that idea fell away rather quickly.”
Chris Evans wielding Thor’s hammer brought the house down on opening night
The Russo Brothers often tell the story of sneaking into the Regency Village theater in Westwood, California on opening night to record the audience reaction to Avengers: Endgame. Cap’s moment with Thor’s hammer brought the house down.
“Sharing #Endgame for the first time last year, with each and every one of you, was the most thrilling and rewarding moment in our careers,” The Russos tweeted. “THANK YOU. We eagerly await the day that we can all be back together in a theater, sharing these experiences once again…”
Behind the scenes with Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr. and Paul Rudd in New York
The Russo Brothers shared a behind the scenes video of Evans, Robert Downey, Jr. and Pau Rudd in New York. The scene is when Steve Rogers and Tony Stark first execute the time traveling.
Captain America has the Russo Brothers’ favorite shot in ‘Avengers: Endgame’
When Avengers: Endgame concluded, The Russo Brothers revealed their favorite shot in the whole film. While they called the scene in Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell)’s office emotional, their favorite shot was the epilogue that reveals Steve and Peggy Carter dancing in the window.
“That long crane shot to find Cap and Peggy in the window… our favorite shot in the movie,” they tweeted.
Chris Evans doesn’t take old Cap too seriously
Steve Rogers waited decades to see Falcon and Winter Soldier again to explain to them his decision to remain in the past. Through the magic of makeup, Avengers: Endgame aged Evans up all those decades. The Russo Brothers’ behind the scenes video shows Evans didn’t stay in character between takes.
If the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t work out, Evans could always have a future in a Bad Grandpa style prank show.