While we know almost nothing about Avengers: Endgame, all involved have made it very clear that this is a culmination event for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What began in 2008 as a risky gamble called Iron Man is now one of the most successful and consistently popular film franchises in history. But a decade on, it appears we’re due for a changing of the guards of sorts.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has made clear that it’s no coincidence that the dusting at the end of Avengers: Infinity War left us with the original Avengers surviving: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). There’s been a lot of change in this team dynamic over the years, but to bring their friends back, they’ll have to put the past behind them and work together again, just like they did in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.
In anticipation of Avengers: Endgame, the aforementioned actors participated in a terrific, insightful roundtable interview with EW’s Anthony Breznican. They were joined by Feige as well, and instead of trying to dig for Endgame scoops, Breznican wisely kept the conversation focused on the past. The actors discuss how they’ve changed over the course of making these movies, taking more ownership of their characters, how Ruffalo continues to spoil these movies, and in a particularly emotional moment, they each recall the first time they met Stan Lee.
The roundtable is 24 minutes long but I would honestly watch a full two hours of this. The actors really seem to let loose here, and towards the end of the conversation it turns sentimental as they talk about the impressive feat that Feige has accomplished while Fegie admits he’s only just now getting over his intimidation of being in these actors’ presence. Hopefully there’s a more lengthy, similar piece like this on the Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray.
For now, watch this roundtable below.