The Avengers assembled for their last red carpet as a superhero collective on Monday night in Hollywood and the list of attendees was as impressive as they come. Of course, if any red carpet was going to be packed with stars it would be the climax for a cinematic universe comprising dozens of characters and 21 films worth of build up.
Among the attendees, in no particular order: Robert Downey Jr.; Chris Evans; Mark Ruffalo; Scarlett Johansson and “SNL” performer Colin Jost; Matt Damon; Chris Pratt and fianceé Katherine Schwarzenegger; Chris Hemsworth; Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth; Bradley Cooper; Brie Larson; Danai Gurira; Gwyneth Paltrow; Evangeline Lilly; actor and director Jon Favreau; Natalie Portman…
(Takes a deep breath)
…Thandie Newton; Josh Brolin; Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam; Don Cheadle; Sebastian Stan; Paul Rudd; Tessa Thompson; Jeremy Renner; Benedict Cumberbatch; Letitia Wright; Vin Diesel; Pom Klementieff; Karen Gillan; Laurence Fishburne; Linda Cardellini; Elizabeth Olsen; and Anthony Mackie.
The movie will mark the final appearance in the Marvel world for some characters and actors, while others are just getting started. (We’re looking at you, Black Panther and Captain Marvel.) Our guess is as good as yours who will fall into each column by film’s end, but answers are just days away.
The film’s directors are hoping the details of the conclusion stay sealed until the opening day – and even a little later than that. Last week, Anthony and Joseph Russo wrote an open letter to Marvel fans, asking them to keep the film’s secrets until more people get a chance to see the movie.
“Because so many of you have invested your time, your hearts, and your souls into these stories, we’re once again asking for your help,” the Russo Brothers said. “When you see Endgame in the coming weeks, please don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you.”
At the star-studded premiere on Monday night, Chris Hemsworth spoke to the crowd telling them he “cried, I think, more than six times,” according to a video filmed by a member of the audience. “This opportunity has…changed all our lives,” he said. “I love you all. This was an incredible experience.”
After Monday’s premiere, the six original Avengers celebrated the end of the road Tuesday at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) assembled for a final time with Feige at the TCL Chinese Theatre, where they signed blocks of cement and marked them with handprints.
“It’s been an amazing ride,” Ruffalo – who attempted a handstand while waiting for the cement to set – said of the 10-year project. The 21 preceding films have earned about US$19 billion globally and though “Endgame” marks the end of the current narrative arc, Marvel Studios is far from through.
Avengers: Endgame arrives in theatres Friday.
Sources: CNN, AFP