Of all the sights and sounds that make me yearn for the world we knew before the pandemic, people collectively losing their shit at a communal event — whether it be after a late go-ahead touchdown or celebrating the election of a President — that cut the deepest. And as a quote-unquote “movie guy”, those massively viral videos of audiences reacting to the battle against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame are the epitome of those moments.
The magic of those collective experiences isn’t only reserved for the consumers, as those involved with the making of these global pieces of art were also swept away by the majesty of it all, including Captain America himself, Chris Evans.
For their recent “The Greatest Cinema Moments Ever” issue, Empire Magazine gathered together some of the biggest names in Hollywood — Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, J.J. Abrams, Spike Lee, Bong Joon-Ho, Jordan Peele, Chris Evans, and more — to reflect on the medium’s watershed moments, with Evans revealing how he felt the first time he saw Captain America lift Thor’s godly hammer Mjolnir.
“The first time I saw Endgame was at the premiere. Normally I see the films I work on well in advance, and I rarely sit through premieres(too much anxiety),” Evans began.
But being the last installment of a ten-year journey, I wanted to experience this final film the same way the audience would. When Cap lifts Mjolnir, our theater went absolutely beserk. Even though I knew the moment was comings, I still got emotional. In the following weeks, friends and family would send my clips from theaters around the world losing their collective shit at this moment.
Seeing those reactions, and knowing that I was lucky enough to be part of those memories for those people, made me feel a sense of pride and gratitude that I’ll never be able to properly express. In those moments, I’m not an actor, or even an adult; I’m a little kid again completely captivated by the power and magic that movies can wield. Damn it… I’m getting choked up.”
Chris Evans on seeing Captain America lift Mjolnir 🇺🇸⚡
"In those moments, I'm not an actor, or even an adult; I'm a little kid again completely captivated by the power and magic that movies can wield."
— Post Cred Pod (@PostCredPod) January 19, 2021
Who knows, with recent rumors that Evans is circling a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, maybe he’ll provide movie fans with another iconic Captain America moment that we’ll all be able to enjoy together, in theaters, once again.