In honor of the film’s U.S. opening weekend, Mashable posted a humorous video to its Facebook page, in which Captain America actor Chris Evans recites a patriotic monologue about the Stars and Stripes-bedazzled, titular hero. You can watch the video, above.
“When Steve Rogers left Brooklyn to join the war effort,” Evans begins, “the ideals he clung to were under attack: a life of liberty, a life of freedom. And even after Steve Rogers became known as Captain America, he was granted some remarkable gifts that turned him into what many people called a ‘superhero.’”
As Evans speaks, several of his fellow Civil War and Marvel Cinematic Universe cast members join in, including Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), and Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), who underscore the rousing rhetoric by humming the melody to Battle Hymn of the Republic: the traditional, 1861-penned American ditty that hits on the triumph of good over evil in the context of the American Civil War.
“[Rogers] never lost sight of those ideals because those were the things that made Steve a hero. Not his powers, but it was his willingness to fight for what he believed in, and for the rights—the rights of every man, woman, and child in this country and around the world to live free—free from tyranny and free from oppression!”
Of course, the only person who doesn’t look very impressed is Bucky Barnes actor Sebastian Stan, who makes a brief appearance (so keep your eye on him during the video or you might miss him skulking by).
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Civil War is the third Captain America film, following 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Reuniting some of our favorite Avengers (and at the same time, introducing a few new key players to the MCU), the ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, and Emily VanCamp.
Captain America: Civil War is now playing in theaters. Doctor Strange arrives on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017;Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.