Not that ‘Avengers: Endgame’ needs publicity– ticket pre-sales were so intense that sales sites crashed, with some now selling for thousands online– but Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Jon Favreau, who helmed ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Iron Man 2’, and portrays Happy Hogan in various films, and most of the cast of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ assembled for the official press conference, for what looks to easily be the biggest movie event in memory. In an amusing touch, the creators and actors were scattered on stage amid an equal number of empty chairs meant to symbolize the absence of those that were turned to dust at the end of ‘Infinity War’.
While, as expected, nothing significant was revealed about ‘Endgame’– which is probably in keeping with fans’ wishes– each actor was given the spotlight to discuss their character and their place within the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Avenger with the fewest lines was suitably sparing with his words. When asked how it felt to be back for ‘Endgame’ after sitting out ‘Infinity War’, Jeremy Renner, who plays Clint Barton, the ace archer Hawkeye, replied:
As was explained in ‘Infinity War’, Barton and Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) took plea deals and were under house arrest between the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Infinity War’. While Lang’s exploits were on display in last year’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, fans still don’t know what Hawkeye was up to.
In one of the trailers for ‘Endgame’, Barton is shown to be teaching archery to his daughter, but later, we discover that he has turned his back on his past, and adopted the new masked identity of Ronin. Fans have assumed that this means that Clint’s family got dusted by Thanos’ snap, driving him over the edge and sending him down a deadly path.
But we won’t know for certain what has befallen the stoic archer, until ‘Avengers: Endgame’ hits theaters on April 26.
Source: Entertainment Weekly