“They actually wanted to cast an old dude to play Chris Evans,” Mackie revealed. “So they brought in like three actors. They’re like, none of these, like, this isn’t how Chris will look when he’s old. Like, he’s gonna [look] he’s like George Clooney. He’s going to be 95 and still like handsome, you know? So, they brought in a makeup team and prosthetics and makeup and made them into an old man. And how good of an actor Chris is, it actually worked. He pulled it off with his voice and everything. He did a great job.”
Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo wrapped up Steve’s MCU journey on a very definitive note, with Steve travelling back in time to return the Infinity Stones to their original places and then choosing to remain in the past to finally take up the dance that he promised Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger.
However, when he returns to the rest of our heroes, he is an old man. The Russos used a combination of facial prosthetics and CGI to transform Chris Evans into a senior citizen because they wanted to achieve the “perfect” look to make sure that they didn’t “undermine the emotional intention of the scene” between old man Steve and Sam Wilson aka Falcon.
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Mackie is reprising his role as Falcon in the upcoming Disney+ original series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, opposite Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes. The six-episode series is set to debut on Disney+ on March 19, as part of an ambitious new lineup of TV series’ designed to be more closely integrated with Marvel’s movies.
For more about the studio’s future slate of projects and releases, read our breakdown of the biggest and most noteworthy developments in the MCU, on Disney+ and in Marvel’s comics this year.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.