With a movie that has been kept under wraps like Avengers: Endgame, it’s hard to know what to ask any of the actors. So the press conference for the film consisted mostly of everyone looking back on the franchise with love and affection.
It all began ten years ago with Iron Man. Twenty-two movies later, comes the grand conclusion. In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half the universe, including many of the Avengers, leaving the remaining superheroes to take one final stand.
The cast of Avengers: Endgame, namely Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, and Brie Larson came together in Los Angeles. Also present were directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and producer Kevin Feige. They had all come to meet with journalists to try and talk about their epic finale that opens on April 26th, 2019.
Robert, when you did Iron Man, could you imagine how successful the franchise would be?
Robert Downey Jr: I’ve been thinking about this recently. There are always two tracks at least in my mind. One is the sky is falling and the other is the sky is the limit. And as we had those many discussions in the high desert and shooting the film, I’m reminded now 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 making good scenes and getting good stuff in the can. I just wanted to not drop the ball.
Chris, what do you remember about the first time you played Thor?
Chris Hemsworth: I (was) straight out of high school and watching Iron Man 1, and thinking, oh my God, I wish I could be a part of that world.
Then a few years on, getting cast in it as Thor, and having the opportunity to embark on this (journey), and at the time I thought, was this film even going to make it past DVD? Or make to the cinemas? Or was I going to be recast? It’s been a pretty remarkable journey.
Chris, Captain America is a classic hero with an unshakeable moral code. What has it meant to you to play him, especially in this film?
Chris Evans: I can’t really talk about that. Well, I guess I can give broad strokes. I think just the completion of the arc. That’s safe to say, right? This movie does provide an ending to a lot of the… (buzzer sound goes off) Really? No dice?
He’s been through so much. There (have) been so many wonderful elements of working on this movie. Not to seem like a safe answer, but honestly, the friendships and connections I’ve made over these ten years now, it truly has become a family.
Scarlett, you’ve been part of this since Iron Man 2. And your character has always represented women as strong and equal. What has it been like playing Black Widow?
Scarlett Johannson: Initially, the character really started as a sexy secretary with a skill set on the side. I certainly didn’t know how the audience would react to my interpretation of the character, (who was) obviously very beloved for a long time.
I feel, the next time that we saw her in Avengers, she was one of the boys for better or worse. And that made sense then. I think the fans and the audiences have really pushed, certainly Marvel, but pushed all the studios and filmmakers to really throw up on the screen what represents what’s going on in the zeitgeist. (They want) to see diverse films and casts that represents their own aspirations and how they feel. I feel the character has grown in reaction to that. And the movies have really grown in reaction to that kind of fan encouragement.
Mark, this cast has met up many times now.
Mark Ruffalo: Unless you’re in several franchises, this is the closest thing you have to continuity and friendships. Watching people grow up and have children and get married and then get divorced and then get remarried.
Scarlett: All right. You don’t have to just direct that at me. Like very tacky! (she laughs)
Robert, do you like Chris Evans as Captain America with or without a beard?
Chris Evans: I prefer bearded Cap.
Robert: I’m going with neither. I like Chris Evans with a beard with prosthesis over it, when Joss Whedon asked him to come do the tag for the first Avengers.
Could you explain that?
Robert: Go back and watch that tag. He had a beard he couldn’t shave.
Chris Evans: I was in the middle of shooting Snowpiercer. I couldn’t shave the beard. They were like oh, it’s okay. We’ll do prosthetics. (It looked like I had) a billion bee stings.
Robert: What was that, Snowpiercer? Was it worth it, buddy? Think about it.
Chris Evans: Yeah. Snowpiercer is great. I love that movie.
Brie, everyone is waiting to see Captain Marvel in action with the Avengers. How does it feel to be in your first Avengers’ movie?
Brie Larson: Stressful, now that you put it like that. Now I’m scared.
I came at just the most magical time, I think. To come exactly at this ten year anniversary and really my first introduction to everyone was the ten-year photo, which was a really remarkable and special day. And super surreal, (because we were) not allowed to talk about it. So the whole thing has always felt like a dream.
This film [Avengers: Endgame] will always be personally dear to me because it was my first time playing Captain Marvel. We shot this first. So I had to stumble and try to figure out who this character was with no script for this and no script for Captain Marvel either. And perform for the first time in front of legends. But it was incredible.
Avengers: Endgame Press Conference Videobytes
Here are our Avengers: Endgame ten choice team members choice videobytes from the Marvel’s Global Press Conference.
10. Robert Downey Jr aka Iron Man @ 0:18
9. Danai Gurira aka Okoye @ 0:40
8. Chris Hemsworth aka Thor @ 1:22
7. Scarlett Johannson aka Black Widow @ 2:53
6. Karen Gillan aka Nebula @ 3:52
5. Paul Rudd aka Ant-Man @ 4:28
4. Don Cheadle aka War Machine @ 5:52
3. Mark Ruffalo aka Bruce / Hulk @ 7:17
2. Director Anthony Russo @ 8:02
1. Chris Evans aka Captain America @9:33