Chris Evans recently reflected on his final appearance as the MCU’s Captain America in Avengers: Endgame, reflecting on the filming of Cap’s most iconic line.
“Avengers assemble!” has been the battle cry of Earth’s mightiest heroes ever since their inception. When Marvel’s premier superhero team first made their way to the big screen in 2012’s The Avengers, many fans were hoping to hear Chris Evans’ Captain America give the iconic call to action. However, they would have to wait until the character’s final appearance in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame to hear the line finally spoken.
Some fans questioned Chris Evans’ delivery of the line. The film’s climactic scene sees Captain America yell “Avengers!” and then, as the camera dramatically dollies in, he almost whispers “Assemble.” While some have questioned why Cap would utter the word too quietly for the gathered mass of heroes to hear, Evans has revealed there was a good reason the line was delivered this way.
Captain America’s Assembly Line
While speaking to MTV News to promote his new film, Lightyear, Chris Evans was inevitably asked about his tenure in the MCU and getting to deliver Captain America’s iconic “Avengers assemble!” line. Evans revealed that he was originally going to shout the line on the first take, but in the moment, the more understated delivery felt more powerful:
“It almost feels like it should be shouted. And I was going to shout the first take, and then it just felt like I knew what the camera was doing and you know that people are waiting for it. And it almost felt like a nice juxtaposition to go underneath it and then have everyone around me scream. And we tried that the first take, and then the Russos just said, ‘That’s it, don’t even do the screaming one.’ And I actually don’t know if we ever even tried it. I mean, I had obviously tried it at my home, the night before!
“And again, it could have worked. But I like the fact that you almost have to lean in to get it… And I really love that, when I say it, [Thor actor, Chris] Hemsworth just lets out that primal roar. It would have been strange if I had screamed and everyone screamed. It almost felt better being more steely.”
Chris Evans makes an excellent point. Having Cap quietly deliver the word “assemble,” before the heroes surrounding him let out their own battle cries and charge against the forces of Thanos, gave the moment more power than if it had been one shout amongst many. Evans also admitted that he was more intimidated by speaking another iconic line in Lightyear – Buzz Lightyear’s beloved “To infinity and beyond!” The actor explained that “At least with ‘Avengers, assemble,’ no one had done it before. With this one, you know that someone else has kind of put their stamp on it.”
Chris Evans can be heard as the voice of Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear in Lightyear. Here is the synopsis:
The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.
Directed by Angus MacLane, the film features the voice talents of Chris Evans, Uzo Aduba, Peter Sohn, Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Efren Ramirez, and Keira Hairston.
Lightyear blasts off into theaters on June 17, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Chris Evans, the MCU and the upcoming Toy Story spinoff, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: MTV News