Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Producer Kevin Feige, and the actors of the remaining Avengers met today to answer press questions about the upcoming sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War”.
One of the most highly-anticipated films of 2019 is “Avengers: Endgame”, a conclusion of ten years and 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Today marked the second and final Press Day for the stars of the film before its April 26 release date. Here is a highlight of the most important questions asked and answered by the directors, producer, and stars of the upcoming blockbuster film.
Disclaimer: Some of the responses provided by the cast could allude to spoilers for the future of their characters. Continue at your own risk.
The press conference was led by John Favreau, director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and who portrays Happy Hoggin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Favreau set the stage by unapologetically expressing how happy he was to be the moderator for the panel. A curtain that covered the stage with the Avengers logo dropped, revealing the remaining Avengers after the events of Thanos’ decimating snap at the end of Infinity War. The seats were empty, referencing the fallen Avengers.
The complete panel consisted of Robert Downey Jr. (who portrays Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Don Cheadle (Sgt. Rhodes/War Machine), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Danai Guerrara (Okoye), Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and Marvel Cinematic Universe mastermind Kevin Feige.
The first set of questions were asked by John Favreau, with the disclaimer that the responses the actors provided must remain spoiler-free. Favreau began by asking Robert Downey Jr. how he viewed the growth of the Iron Man character over the course of ten years. “I’ve been thinking about this recently,” Downey said, “There’s always two tracks, at least in my mind. One is ‘the sky is falling’ and the other is ‘the sky is the limit’. As we had those many discussions in the high desert, and shooting the film. I’m reminded that I was talking a lot of smack, saying ‘wait until you see where this goes’, but in the moment I was just hoping, day to day, we were getting good scenes in the can and the usual gobblygook.”
Favreau shifted the questions to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios and the visionary for the past ten (nearly eleven) years of the MCU, asking about when the moment was that Feige realized the immense success and the profound impact the films had had on moviegoers. “Well, big is relative…we hired a great director to do the first movie in the MCU and then we hired a great actor. And we had fun making [Iron Man] as you all recall, and it was sort of the success of it was pretty low. It felt high at the time, but it was pretty low in comparison to other Marvel films that had been out in that general area,” Feige said, “But as we were making the movie, and as we were looking at dailys…we realize this was really going to be special.” John Favreau proceeded to ask Kevin Feige what made “Avengers: Endgame” so special, in which he responded “What’s special about this is all the actors that are on stage, all the actors who were on this stage, and as [Robert Downey Jr.] said earlier, the family that has come together in a decade plus. Robert said it so well in the trailer, ‘part of the journey is the end’, and as we began discussion 4 or 5 years ago, doing something, at every turn…4-5 years ago we asked what haven’t we seen in a movie based on comic book characters: we haven’t seen an ending. A definitive conclusion to an overall saga. So that’s why it’s called Endgame and why I think it’s very, very, very special.”
When turning the questions to the brother directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, John Favreau compared the role of a director in the MCU to running a relay race and thanked the brothers for taking the arc to its conclusion. After thanking Favreau for beginning the journey, Anthony Russo proceeded to describe Endgame as being “very committed to the end of [Avengers: Infinity War]. Stories lose their meaning and relevancy and resonance unless there are real stakes.” In a follow-up question from an audience member, Joe Russo described “Avengers: Endgame” as powerful and cathartic.
Of all the questions provided, two of the responses (as we will dive in momentarily) have piqued our interest in regards to the events that will transpire throughout this 182-minute long movie. John Favreau asked Chris Evans (who portrays Captain America) about what he likes best about playing Captain America in this film. “In this film? Well, I guess I can give some broad strokes. I think just the completion of the arc,” Evans said, “This movie does kinda provide an ending to a lot of these–” in which Joe Russo made a vocal alarm noise to cut off the actor. Could this be our first confirmation that like many Marvel fans speculate, “Avengers: Endgame” will see the death of Captain America?
The second response that we found the most interesting was from Karen Gillan. John Favreau asked the Scottish actress how excited she was to bring back the character of Nebula for the sequel. “I think it’s maybe safe to say that she suffers from some daddy issues,” Gillan said, “because her dad is Thanos, and who wouldn’t? I think I’m excited for her to finally face the source of this abuse. This has been building through multiple movies, and she’s talked about how she wants to inflict revenge, um, so we all know about that.” Then in a quick cover up to her statement, Gillan adds “I would like to see that, I don’t know if she will, maybe she won’t? I’m not saying anything I just got really nervous that I gave something away, so I’m gonna stop.” This comment, in addition with clips from the trailer that pose Nebula in an ash-covered planet, can only mean one thing: Thanos will die at the hands of Nebula! Or not…
Another notable moment of the panel was Brie Larson’s response to John Favreau’s question regarding how it felt to be thrown into this universe. “We actually filmed [Avengers: Endgame] before filming Captain Marvel,” Larson said, “so it was all new to me”. Will we be seeing a different version of Captain Marvel in Endgame? Chronologically, it would make sense as there are more than 20 years between the events of Captain Marvel and this upcoming film.
A notable trend among the actors’ responses with how much they felt like a family after nearly 11 years of filmmaking. “I remember seeing the first Iron Man….straight out of high school,” Chris Hemsworth said, “and I wanted to be part of that.” Jeremy Renner also expressed his excitement for having the bow and quiver again. The panel showed how these actors are more than co-stars but genuinely care about one another. From Robert Downey Jr.’s comments to Chris Evans, to Don Cheadle’s allusion to a previous taller version of his character, it is safe to say that this conclusion will be bittersweet for both the fans and the actors.
See the thrilling conclusion of the MCU’s ten-year history on April 26, 2019. Tickets are on sale now!