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.
For her part, Scarlett Johansson discussed her character’s evolution, saying “Initially, the character really started as a sort of sexy secretary with a skill set on the side.”
“Posing as,” Favreau interjected.
“Posing as, thank you,” Johansson said.
Johansson was glad as more female characters joined the film universe, and she credits the fans with her upcoming ‘Black Widow’ solo movie.
“Then when we saw her in The Avengers, she was one of the boys — for better or worse. That made sense then, but I think as the fans and the audiences have pushed Marvel and all the studios and filmmakers to throw up on the screen what’s going on in the zeitgeist, and wanting to see diverse films and casts, I think the character has grown in reaction to that.”
“The movies have grown in reaction to that fan encouragement. Honestly, I have to say when Lizzy [Elizabeth Olsen] signed on and Cobie [Smulders] was there, and we were all clinging to each other. I felt like I had been in this testosterone fest for so long. It was so nice to see other female cast members, and now with Brie [Larson] coming on and Karen [Gillan] and Danai [Gurira]. I feel like I’m amongst so many strong actors.”
Fans will get to see all of these “strong actors” when ‘Avengers: Endgame’ assembles in theaters on April 26. Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ solo film will film this year to be released in 2020.
Source: Entertainment Weekly