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Watch Chris Evans Swear in Public, Then Reprimand Himself as Captain America

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His days of playing Captain America might be behind him, but it seems that Chris Evans took a bit of Cap’s moral code with him.

Evans appeared on a panel last weekend with fellow MCU actors Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser) and Karen Gillan (Nebula). He started to answer a question with the phrase “I was fuckin'” before realizing he was cursing and trailing off. He put up his hands sheepishly and gave the laughing audience what can only be called an embarrassed cringe.

Then, he hung his head and admonished himself by saying “Language!” twice into the mic. That is, of course, what Cap says to Tony Stark in Age of Ultron when the Stark lets out a swear that offends Cap’s genteel 1940s sensibilities. Steve’s unwillingness to curse becomes a running joke through the rest of the film, as word of his prudishness spreads and the good guys and girls mercilessly tease him. Because even the Avengers know roasting your friends is fun.

The moment was posted to Twitter by a serious Cap fan, where it hasn’t gone unnoticed. It’s garnered almost 15,000 retweets and 46,000 likes, a testament to how much fans — many of whom were half-dreading Endgame thanks to rumors of Steve Rogers’s death as Evans’s contract expired — enjoyed him in the role.

Anthonie Mackie certainly has big shoes to fill in Falcon & the Winter Soldier and beyond. His character, Sam, received Cap’s shield after all, and with Steve choosing to live out his days as a happily married man in his own era, he is left to carry on Cap’s legacy.

A good place to start? Making sure