A joke Chris Evans delivered playing Captain America in the record-breaking film, Avengers: Endgame — learn five box office records the movie broke here — became part of the Marvel movie thanks to reshoots. Continue reading to learn what popular line audiences witnessed in the final cut that wasn’t originally in the script.
Evans’s Captain America had plenty of screen time in the three-hour-and-two-minute movie. The 38-year-old appeared in 66 minutes of the blockbuster.
In a little more than an hour, the superhero made a major decision about his love life — Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) forever — fought Thanos (Josh Brolin) alongside other Avengers such as Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man to name a few. In between saving the world, Captain America was the subject of one of the film’s most popular — and one of the most controversial — jokes in the movie.
The line delivered by Ant-Man — “That’s America’s a**” — came after Captain America fought himself. While viewers loved it, we recently learned the joke evolved over time thanks to Christopher Markus who co-wrote Avengers: Endgame with Stephen McFeely.
Markus told Syfy Wire how the line started with Iron Man.
“It sort of grew on its own. The first thing that was there was Tony looking at Cap’s terrible Avengers outfit and going, ‘That suit does nothing for your a**.’ That stood on its own for a while, and then Ant-Man was added to the scene, and he said, ‘I think that’s America’s a**.’ And that was the joke for a while,” he explained.
McFeely said Captain America became part of the joke at a much later point in the filmmaking process.
“We redid the Cap on Cap fight, the ending of it, and that helped us tremendously. And then we needed to get out of that scene a little differently, and there [2012 Cap] was, slumped on the ground with his butt in the air,” he said.
Then the writers asked themselves, “‘Can we put another ass in the movie?’” according to Markus. The answer was “yes” and the normally serious character became the subject of one of the film’s most popular humorous moments.
Why Chris Evans liked the joke
In an earlier interview, McFeely explained that Evans liked the lighter moment for Captain America and that it had to do with the actor and his costume.
“It’s a little meta. Chris Evans has never been comfortable with that outfit from the first Avengers movie,” the writer said. “And so in the rearview, it’s a little way to wink at how that was then, and this is now. And then it sort of just built from there. By the time we got to the fight scene where he defeated himself, his butt is on the ground and he was just sitting there for a callback.”
Captain America ended the epic superhero movie by choosing to — spoiler — go back in time to live the rest of his life with Peggy. Learn why the writers really sent him back in time here. The character handed his shield off to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon leaving fans to wonder whether or not Cap hung up his shield for good.