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.
And who better to start with that the first hero, Robert Downey, Jr. who has played Tony Stark/Iron Man in nine movies, so far, with ‘Endgame’ marking his tenth? But believe it or not, while making 2008’s ‘Iron Man’, the star wasn’t sure that the MCU would have legs.
“There’ve always been two tracks, at least for me. One is the sky is falling, the other is the sky is the limit. I’m reminded now I was talking a lot of smack, like ‘Wait ‘til you see where this goes.’ 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 not to drop the ball.”
But after ‘Iron Man’ was warmly embraced by the public, it was off to the races. As Downey puts it, the MCU is “the coolest relay race in the history of entertainment.” And that isn’t hyperbole. Ticket presales were so intense that many ticket sites crashed from the high volume of traffic and some opening day tickets are listed online for thousands of dollars!
Well, hopefully, you have your tickets, as ‘Avengers: Endgame’ assembles in theaters on April 26.
Source: Entertainment Weekly