There were plenty of emotional moments in Avengers: Endgame, but none more so than Captain America’s final bittersweet scene, in which a much older version of the character passed on his iconic shield to Sam “Falcon” Wilson. Chris Evans, who has played Steve Rogers since 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, portrayed Cap’s aged self under very convincing makeup with the appropriate amount of dignity and gravitas, given this was his farewell to the MCU. But in between takes, it looks like Evans also managed to have a lot of fun in his old man getup.
In a behind-the-scenes video shared to social media by the directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, Evans can be seen joking around on the set of Endgame, throwing an imaginary football into the lake behind Tony Stark’s cabin. “Don’t sleep on Old Cap in your next Fantasy draft,” the Russo brothers wrote.
According to the Russo brothers, the Old Man Cap look was achieved largely through makeup. “We did a lot of practical effects, so it was a very elaborate makeup job that was then augmented with CG, because there’s certain things that you can’t do with makeup in order to make Cap credibly that age,” said Anthony Russo.
The appearance of “Old Man Cap,” as some are calling him, came as a huge final twist in a truly labyrinthine movie, and it was one that both surprised and delighted fans, who had been rooting for Steve Rogers to get a happy ending ever since he first went into the ice in The First Avenger.