When last we saw Steve Rogers, the hero known best as Captain America, the star-spangled Avenger was abandoning his post. Basically. Given the choice to register as a Super or walk away, Cap turned his back on the government — and on the Avengers — as Captain America: Civil War drew to a close. You might say he became… a nomad. When CinemaBlend ventured to the Atlanta set of Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War, we were stunned to see Chris Evans with the long hair and the beard. That’s not news anymore. But we also asked him and co-star Scarlett Johansson what their characters have been doing since the end of Civil War, and learned:
Chris Evans: I’ve dropped the shield essentially. I kind of went rogue, a little bit. But again, I think it’s in his nature to be of service, and I think to some degree, in order to maintain sanity, he had to kind of function within a system. That’s how his brain works. There has to be some kind of functioning factory that he can operate within. I think Black Widow kind of, to some degree, probably has a similar output, and I think we leaned on each other, especially in the face of that kind of loss coming off of Civil War. And so he’s been running these missions, answering to nobody, really. I mean, it really is the sign of a broken person. But yeah, that’s the wear and tear [on the suit].
Scarlett Johansson: Between the events of Civil War and now, Steve and Natasha have been together. That’s how we imagined it. And they’ve — I think they’ve kind of been sort of flying under the radar but still taking care of business in the way that they know how to do. When we find them in this film, as it was explained to us by Joe and Anthony, they are just a fine, well-oiled machine. They sort of have a seamless communication between them. But they’re more hardened, I think, and I think when you are working underground for such a long time and you don’t have – not that they need to have any sort of back-patting or recognition exactly, but I think when you’re sort of fighting for something that you know is important but is not being really recognized or supported by a larger organization or even like, society as a whole, I think that makes — it takes a certain toll, and you can get feelings about it in a way. So that’s kind of where we find them.
They’re burned out. They’ve been abandoned, by their people, and by their nation. And yet when the real stuff starts hitting the fan, they rise up and defend. Because that’s what heroes do.
The image that speaks to all of this, if you are going over the trailers, is Captain America emerging from the shadows as Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) tries to fend off the Black Order. Now, the trailer could be out of sequence from the movie. But the look on Witch’s face when she sees that Cap is back… yeah, that’s going to be a chill-inducing fan moment for audiences to experience together.
We have been bringing you all of our coverage from the set of Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War. But we pressed pause long enough to bring you the trailer. Coverage will continue into next week (and the week after) as we run up to the movie’s release on April 27. Are you excited?