See Chris Evans transform into old Captain America using CGI and a body double in new Avengers: Endgame behind-the-scenes images. Now that Avengers: Endgame is available on home release, fans are discovering even more about how the penultimate Phase 3 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie came together. The film wrapped up the major story threads of Marvel Studios' Infinity Saga, continuing on from the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War. For its part, the Avengers: Endgame ending concluded the stories of Tony Stark aka. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers aka. Captain America (Evans). But while Iron Man died, Captain America had a different kind of ending.
After the Avengers used the Infinity Stones to restore everyone that had been wiped out by Thanos five years prior, Steve went back through time to replace the stones they'd stolen in the time heist. However, instead of returning to the present as he was meant to, Steve stayed in the 1940s to get his dance with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and live out his life as if he hadn't been frozen in ice. Steve's time as Captain America came to an end at the conclusion of Endgame when he passed on his shield and mantle to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), having become an old man. Now, fans can get a better look at how old man Cap was brought to life.
Visual effects publication Befores & Afters released new shots from Avengers: Endgame that showcase Evans in old Captain America makeup with CGI dots on his face, then the fully realized version of old man Cap in the movie. This was achieved using Evans' makeup transformation, CGI done by Lola VFX and a body double actor named Patrick Gorman. See the before and after shots of Evans as old Captain America below.
Previously, Evans himself shared a behind-the-scenes Avengers: Endgame photo of the old Captain America makeup he had to wear for the scene, though he wasn't yet in the Steve Rogers costume. The photo also didn't feature the wig of white hair that he eventually wears in the scene. So these new images offer a much better idea of how much old Captain America was created using practical effects, and how much was done using visual effects. Looking at these photos side by side, it becomes clear that Lola VFX made Evans' face and shoulders thinner, presumably replacing the actor's body with that of Gorman. It's not unlike the process Evans underwent to play Steve Rogers before his super soldier transformation in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Still, while fans now have a better idea of Evans' transformation into old Captain America in Avengers: Endgame, it's likely bittersweet to learn more about the end of Steve Rogers' story in the MCU. Though Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo have teased Evans may return to the MCU, it seems likely it won't be as young or old Steve Rogers as the character's story is done. However, with Evans diving into directing more in his career, he could potentially return to the MCU one day in a different kind of role. After all, fans would no doubt love to see Evans direct an MCU movie or TV show.
For now, fans can relive Avengers: Endgame in the comfort of their own homes thanks to it being available on home release, and look forward to seeing the new Captain America in the upcoming Disney+ TV show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Source: Befores & Afters
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