Avengers: Endgame has proven to be a commercial and critical success since its release in April, and for good reason--it provides a meaningful conclusion to the past 11 years of stories, and plants the seeds for years to come. One of the most satisfying moments came at the film’s conclusion, where an aged Captain America (Chris Evans) gives Falcon (Anthony Mackie) his shield, passing along the identity to him--and recently, Mackie revealed that Evans was the first to tell him about the scene.
According to ComicBook.com, Mackie explained at a panel at Celebrity Fan Fest this past weekend that the revelation came when several of the cast members were visiting Evans' house in Atlanta to watch football after a shoot. It began, Mackie said, when Evans took him to his basement and asked if he was “excited.”
“I'm like, 'I mean yeah...I love football, I watch football every week, but I didn't know you were this into it.'” Mackie recalled. “And he's like, 'No, about the script. You haven't read the scene?'...So he jumps up, runs out of the room and back in with the script and hits me with the script. He's like 'Page 85! Read it! Read it!' And he sits there like a kid watching.”
Mackie added that while such a reveal might normally be given by a studio executive such as Kevin Feige, “It was a cool moment that I got to learn it from one of my dear friends, instead of somebody else.”
It remains to be seen what Mackie's Captain America will look like, as Marvel Studios has been tight-lipped on future Captain America films. Per ComicBook.com, Mackie himself clarified that “a lot of people are going to expect me to be Chris Evans in the same suit, but a black dude. And that's definitely not gonna happen.”
As for us, we’re glad to see that Mackie will have a continuing presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as he’s one of its best fixtures--and, if his enthusiasm about Evans’ reveal is any indication, we’d wager that he’s enjoying it, too.