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is still sweeping its way through the world, and while it hasn’t quite taken the No. 1 spot from yet, it’s taken the No. 1 spot in our hearts (or mine at least). Now that the movie has finally been seen by, like, trillions of people, longtime mysteries about are getting solved — including one involving Chris Evans’ last “dumb” line as Captain America.
Way back in October of 2018, Chris Evans was asked about what his last day on set was like and what the last line he ever recorded was. While the day itself was emotional for the actor, the last line he delivered was totally unmemorable. In fact, he said it “was something really stupid, it was something really dumb.”
The line happened during reshoots, which are meant to give the film whatever it’s missing. The line wasn’t substantial at all, and the only other detail Chris Evans gave was that he thought it was in reaction to something that Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man said.
Now that is finally out, it’s not too hard to see what’s the “stupid” line. It’s more than likely the now infamous “America’s ass” joke that got audiences laughing, but is pretty stupid on paper.
The scene happens about halfway through the film when Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, and Scott Lang have time-traveled to the Battle of New York in 2012. The group inevitably observe their past-selves, and Tony makes the comment that Captain America’s Avengers costume “didn’t do anything for your ass.”
Ant-Man replies that he thinks it looks fine and that it’s “America’s ass.” Later, 2023 Steve ends up fighting 2012 Captain America, and his younger self is left lying ass up on the ground. After a quick observation, 2023 Steve says, “That America’s ass.” End scene.
So, you can see why that’s not a super memorable way to end an almost decade-long run as Captain America, especially when Robert Downey Jr.’s last line was so fitting.
The “America’s ass” joke is Marvel having a bit of meta fun. co-writer Stephen McFeely previously said that the line was a reference to the Avengers Cap costume being the worst one, and it was meant to be a fun wink at how far the costumes have come. Captain America definitely got better outfits in later movies.
Maybe Steve said some other stupid lines to Scott in : , but this seems like the strongest contender. Maybe we’ll all just have to see for the fourth time, out in theaters right now. For everything else hitting theaters for the rest of the year, be sure to check out our 2019 movie release guide.