ABC/Lou RoccoAnthony Mackie may be all smiles now, but when he first learned about the final scene of Avengers: Endgame where he is given the Captain America mantle, the winged Avenger admits he was definitely in tears.
In an interview with The IMDb Show, Mackie reveals that it was actually Chris Evans who told him what happens in the final scene in Endgame.
“I didn’t even know it was happening,” Mackie said, referring to Evans’ Cap passing the torch to his character Falcon. “We were at his [Evans’] house and he goes, ‘You excited?’ And I go, ‘What are you talking about?’ and he goes, ‘You don’t know?’ He jumps up, runs out of the room and comes back with the script. He’s like, ‘Read it!’ And I read the scene and I’m like, ‘Whoa,’ and he goes, ‘Yesss!’.”
“We cried. We drank, we laughed,” Mackie continued. “I am very happy I got that moment with Chris, for him to not only pass me the shield but to tell me it was happening in the script.”
While it felt good to have his friend and co-star share his character’s official endgame, Mackie adds that the scene was also extremely meaningful to him as man of color.
“It means a lot for my sons to be able to see Captain America as a black dude. It means a lot to me. And for me to be that dude to my sons,” he said. “So that thank you, that moment was not just about, ‘Hey, we’re acting.’ It was more of a thing. “
“And then they cut and I cried, and Chris cried and the Russos cried and everybody cried,” he added. “It was an emotional day.”
Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters.
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