Not that ‘Avengers: Endgame’ needs publicity– ticket pre-sales were so intense that sales sites crashed, with some now going 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.
While Chris Hemsworth, a.k.a. Thor, is now a major film star, even beyond the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was a fresh-faced kid when he landed the coveted role. But I don’t think anyone realized just how young he was at that time.
“I was sitting there, just straight out of high school, and watching [the first] Iron Man and thinking, ‘Oh my God, I wish I could be part of that world!’ A few years on, getting cast as Thor and having the opportunity to embark on this thing. At the time, I thought, ‘Is this film even going to make it past DVD, make it to the cinemas, or was I going to be recast?’”
Hemsworth indicated that there were a few years between him seeing ‘Iron Man’ in 2008, and getting cast, but there couldn’t have been that much time in between, as ‘Thor’ was released in 2011, meaning that filming would have taken place in 2010!
But Hemsworth was no average high school student. He worked extensively in his native Australia in various TV shows and movies before hitting it big in Hollywood. Even so, the idea of someone barely out of his teens being thrust into one of the most important roles in the biggest franchise in film is still mind-boggling.
Hemsworth’s Thor will strike again in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ on April 26.
Source: Entertainment Weekly