‘Endgame’ is 2nd Marvel effort for Valley resident
It’s not every day that a Lehigh Valley resident makes his way into the Marvel Universe. But Joe Guest, who lives outside of Easton, has worked on two Marvel movies, including “Avengers: Endgame,” which was recently released on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD.
Directed by the Russo Brothers, the fourth “Avengers” installment and the culmination of 22 interconnected movies hits the sweet spot between emotion and action, humor and heroics, set-up and smack-downs.
The movie revolves around the Avengers (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlet Johansson, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo) as they travel back in time to locate the infinity stones in hopes of preventing Thanos (Josh Brolin) from wiping out half of the human population.
The highest-grossing movie of all time, “Endgame” is a salute to friendship, teamwork and the importance of setting aside differences for the greater good. It’s a home run.
“I’ve always loved action movies, so it was a thrill and an honor to be part of one of the biggest action movies ever,” says Guest, who toiled on the movie as a unit production manager. “Very proud of the work.”
Even if he hadn’t labored on the movie, Guest says he’d be a fan of Marvel’s most famous crime-fighters.
“[The Avengers] movies always bring the excitement,” says Guest, who previously worked on “Avengers: Infinity War.”
“Everyone involved is challenging themselves to make a really excellent movie. And the [movies] have a nice blend of comedy and thrills.”
As the film’s New York production manager, Guest handled a wealth of responsibilities. He organized the budget, hired the crew, coordinated logistics, and supervised equipment and vehicle rentals. He also arranged accommodations in Manhattan for everyone involved in the film.
“Generally, [I] make sure the filmmakers have the tools needed to get the job done,” he says.
Guest also worked as a liaison to home owners and apartment dwellers living near the filming locations. In New York, where countless movies and TV shows are shot, residents get weary of the constant interruptions to their daily life.
“It’s critically important to involve the neighborhood, to let them know in advance what you’d like to do,” says Guest. “Often, we need to secure cooperation from a lot of neighbors/property owners to make a shoot happen.
“We want to treat everyone with respect and make it a positive experience, so that we are welcomed back next time! It’s a benefit everyone to make sure it goes smoothly.”
Guest has nothing but good things to report about the cast and crew of “Endgame,” but he saves his highest praise for Chris Evans.
“Chris Evans went to school with a friend of mine and he’s a great guy, very down to earth, low profile,” says Guest. “You wouldn’t notice it was Captain America getting a coffee in front of you.”
Up next for Guest is “The Plot Against America,” an HBO limited series adaptation of the Phillip Roth novel, and “Woman In The Window,” a thriller starring Amy Adams. Both projects are due in 2020.
Amy Longsdorf is a contributing writer.
“Avengers: Endgame” was recently released on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD.