In the run-up to Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, fans all over the world are hoping for any hints as to what we can expect when Avengers: Endgame opens on April 26. That’s why I was among the journalists at the Avengers: Endgame Global Press Event on Sunday, fingers crossed and listening for any hints as to what we may see when the remaining members of the team (it hurts me to type that) get ready to go after Thanos and save the world.
While I’ll admit that Marvel did an excellent job during this press event of not letting anything slip, it was still great to see so many of the actors together again on one stage.
Iron-Man director (and Happy Hogan himself) Jon Favreau moderated the panel with stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Danai Gurira and Karen Gillan, along with producer Kevin Feige and directors Anthony and Joe Russo for a global audience along with a roomful of journalists — including Hypable.
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There’s something amusing about watching a stage full of actors talk about a movie they can’t say anything about, but it did allow for both fun little moments along with larger discussions of what it was like to be a part of this universe, whether it was from the beginning like Robert Downey Jr. as Iron-Man or newer characters coming in like Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.
Producer Kevin Feige explained that part of what they’ve always tried to do within the universe is keep pushing what’s possible. “How do we do something that’s never been done before?” Feige said. “What if the superhero outs his identity at the very last shot of the movie?”
In that same vein, Feige went on to say that four or five years ago, they asked themselves what they hadn’t seen in films about comic book characters. “We haven’t seen an ending. A definitive conclusion to an overall saga,” Feige shared. “So that is why it’s called Endgame and why I think it’s very, very, very special.”
That same sentiment was shared by many of the actors. Chris Hemsworth talked about seeing Thor grow over the years and how the collaborations with everyone have “been a pretty remarkable journey.” Chris Evans talked about how this group “truly…has become a family.” For her part, Scarlett Johansson talked about her character’s arc from the first film to this one. She highlighted the influx of female characters and how that’s been a welcome new change and a reflection of the commitment to increased diversity as the franchise goes on.
Paul Rudd said being a part of the Avengers is a bit like being asked to join The Beatles, but went on to explain with real emotion how “surreal and incredible it is to be a part of it.”
When Brie Larson was asked about joining the cast, she talked about how Endgame was her first chance to play Captain Marvel because Endgame was shot first, which was amazing. She also used the word “surreal.”
I’d say there’s a trend. Everyone’s having a really good time and this has been an experience like no other.
Of course, there were also light moments, and for my money, they were the best part of this event. For example, Favreau asked Jeremy Renner how he feels about being back and taking up his bow again. Renner joked, “I feel good. Feel rested…stressed out. Had some coffee. Ready to rock,” which had RDJ laughing his ass off in the second row.
Chris Evans was asked what made this film so special and ran into a little trouble when he replied, “This movie does provide a kind of an ending…of sorts,” and Favreau suddenly made a loud buzzer noise. Chris tried again, “It’s a 22-film arc that’s coming to an end,” and then the laughs started as everyone tried to shush him.
RDJ sassed Evans for not being able to make it to Paul Rudd’s birthday the night before, and suddenly everyone was talking about who was and wasn’t there. Poor Favreau. It was like herding adorable cats.
Rudd was basically “terrified to say anything” out of fear of spoiling, but it was hilarious to watch him try not to stick his foot in it.
However, if you really want to know what got them the most excited during this press conference, it was Boggle. They play. Apparently, they play a lot. Brie’s sure she’s the top player, but consensus amongst the panel suggested it was Don Cheadle who’s the best. Interestingly enough, he found “Avengers” on the board one day.
One thing’s for sure: Everyone really, really likes each other in this group.
— Oğuz Karabıçak (@OguzKarabicak) April 7, 2019
RDJ hugging Chris Evans is all of us. pic.twitter.com/bzBpbp4d5R
— Victor Mitroff (@VictorMirnoff) April 7, 2019
Also: Danai Gurira left me starstruck.
— Geek "I have nothing to prove to you."Girl Diva (@geekgirldiva) April 7, 2019
Personally, I’m most delighted by these behind the scenes shots.
If you want to know more, check out the actual press conference! Maybe you’ll catch a few hints we missed: