Chris Evans passed the torch to Anthony Mackie in his own special way…or he gave away a huge spoiler; it just depends on how you look at it.
ComicBook.com reports that Captain America actor Chris Evans recently stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote his upcoming film, Knives Out. During the interview, Fallon asks the 38-year-old actor if The Falcon actor, Anthony Mackie knew that he would be given the Cap’s shield in Avengers: Endgame. Evans explains in the video below that it was actually a “funny story" how Mackie found out. He reveals:
“While we were filming in Atlanta, I had a few people over to watch football or something, and Mackie was the first one to show up. I didn’t know he didn’t know what was going to happen. I say, ‘Hey, man, isn’t that scene fantastic?’ and he said, ‘What scene?’ And I said, ‘The scene where I give you the shield!’ And he said, ‘You’re giving me the shield? And I said ‘Oh no.'"
“So I ran to my room and I got the scene and gave it to him, and I got to watch him read the scene for the first time where he’s getting the shield. And he was so happy and you immediately feel like, ‘Man, maybe I robbed this moment, maybe Kevin Feige deserved this.’ But it was so nice to share it with him. He was so happy and so deserving. It was a nice way to have — just between us — the transition of characters.”
Mackie had a similar story when he attended Celebrity Fan Fest this past June, recalling the incident on a panel and noting that, “It was a cool moment that I got to learn it from one of my dear friends, instead of somebody else.”
While Evans might need to review the rules of spoiler alerts, it is nice the two Marvel heroes were able to share a special moment together.