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Why Captain America's Big Avengers: Endgame Scene Made Chris Evans Cry

Just like Thor, we knew it. Ever since Mjölnir made a move in the hands of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," fans had been waiting to see him give it a swing. They finally got their wish in "Avengers: Endgame," and if you think we got emotional about it, imagine how the hero himself felt. Speaking to Empire about the scene for their World's Greatest Cinema Moments Ever issue, Evans recalled the first time he saw Captain America put the hammer down on the Mad Titan, Thanos (Josh Brolin), which had taken a decade to arrive.

The experience was a rarity for the star-spangled star, who usually doesn't attend screenings with a general audience. "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)," he admitted. "But being the last installment of a 10-year journey, I wanted to experience this final film the same way the audience would." Naturally, they reacted like every other Marvel fan did when it became hammer time for Steve. "When Cap lifts Mjölnir, our theater went absolutely berserk. Even though I knew the moment was coming, I still got emotional." Understandably so. Years later, that's still one of the MCU's most iconic moments. It was lightning in a bottle that continued to be opened time and time again, which, for Evans, made it that much sweeter.

The audience reaction never got old for Chris Evans

Following the film's release, the outpouring of immense joy and positive reactions for a moment that had been teased for so long was the gift that kept giving for Chris Evans. If he ever forgot, those close to him provided plenty of reminders. "In the following weeks, friends and family would send me clips from theaters around the world losing their collective s— at this moment," Evans explained. Because of this, the line between star and fan is understandably blurred. "Seeing those reactions and knowing that I was lucky enough to be a 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."

It's hardly a surprise. Even now, the chills still come when Mjölnir rises and zips off camera. Even Evans couldn't deny he was playing a child-like game of hero with an extra expensive budget. "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," Evans said. "Damn it ... I'm getting choked up." It's hard not to. Even after all this time, we could view this all day.