THE END OFA MAR­VEL

AF­TER 11 YEARS AND 22 FILMS, ALL GOOD THINGS MUST FIN­ISH – WELL

Life & Style Weekend - - SCREENLIFE - WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN

When Iron Man hit cine­mas 11 years ago, no one could have pre­dicted it was the start of a new block­buster dy­nasty. Now, 22 films later, Mar­vel’s Cin­e­matic Uni­verse reaches its cli­max in Avengers: Endgame. And one man, pro­ducer Kevin Feige, has been along for the en­tire ride. “We hired a great direc­tor to do the first film in the MCU, and then we hired a great ac­tor. And we had fun mak­ing that first movie,” Feige said at the re­cent Avengers: Endgame me­dia con­fer­ence in Los Angeles. “The bar for suc­cess was pretty low. It felt high at the time, but it was not that high. It was com­par­a­tive to other Mar­vel films that had been out in that gen­eral area, which is what we wanted to com­pete with. But as we were mak­ing the movie and as we were look­ing at dailies and as we were look­ing at ef­fects tests com­ing in, we re­alised that this was re­ally go­ing to be spe­cial and even per­haps more spe­cial than we thought.” Avengers: Endgame re­unites long-time MCU stars Robert Downey Jr (as Tony Stark/iron Man, pic­tured above), Chris Evans (Cap­tain Amer­ica), Scar­lett Jo­hans­son (Black Wi­dow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, pic­tured right) and Mark Ruf­falo (Bruce Ban­ner/hulk), with more re­cent ad­di­tions in­clud­ing Karen Gil­lan (Ne­bula), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Tom Hol­land (Spi­der-man), Paul Rudd (Ant-man) and Brie Lar­son, who only re­cently made her big-screen de­but as

Cap­tain Mar­vel. “I came at just the most mag­i­cal time I think,” Lar­son said. “To come ex­actly at this 10-year an­niver­sary and re­ally my first in­tro­duc­tion to ev­ery­one was the 10-year photo, which was a re­ally re­mark­able and spe­cial day. And su­per sur­real and also like not al­lowed to talk about it. So the whole thing has al­ways felt like a dream. And this film will al­ways be per­son­ally dear to me be­cause it was my first time play­ing Cap­tain Mar­vel. “We shot this first. So I had to stum­ble and try to fig­ure out who this char­ac­ter was with no script for this and no script for Cap­tain Mar­vel ei­ther, and per­form for the first time in front of le­gends. But it was in­cred­i­ble. “There is no other word I can de­scribe it as other than sur­real, and I’m su­per ex­cited for this to come out. Mostly just so that I can talk about it. I want to be able to talk about my ex­pe­ri­ence. Which I haven’t been able to do for a very long time.” Af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing events of Avengers: In­fin­ity War, in which Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half the life in the uni­verse, the re­main­ing Avengers and their al­lies must as­sem­ble to do what is nec­es­sary to undo the Mad Ti­tan’s deed. Endgame will be the fi­nal stand in Mar­vel’s grand con­clu­sion to the 22 films. Feige says it will be a de­fin­i­tive end­ing to the saga. “Well, what’s spe­cial is all the ac­tors,” he said. “And the fam­ily that has come to­gether this decade plus. And the fact that Robert said it so well in the trailer – part of the jour­ney is the end. And about four or five years ago, we all started talk­ing about do­ing some­thing at ev­ery turn in­clud­ing the first Iron Man film. We talked about how can we do some­thing that’s never been done be­fore. “What if a su­per­hero outs his iden­tity at the very last shot of the movie? We can’t do that? No one does that. You can’t do that. What would we do next time? I don’t know. Let’s do it. Four or five years ago, we talked about what haven’t we seen in films based on comic char­ac­ters. We haven’t seen an end­ing – a de­fin­i­tive con­clu­sion to an over­all saga. So that’s why it’s called Endgame and why I think it’s very, very, very spe­cial.” Avengers: Endgame opens on Wed­nes­day.

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