‘Endgame’ is 2nd Marvel ef­fort for Val­ley res­i­dent

The Morning Call - - MOVIES - By Amy Longs­dorf

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.

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“Avengers: Endgame” was re­cently re­leased on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD.

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