While audiences regrouped and processed the fact that half of their beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe characters were gone, the filmmakers were carving out the highly anticipated next installment of the Avengers —“Avengers: Endgame.” From its inception, the filmmakers made the decision to keep the two films and stories independent of each other.
Kevin Feige was really adamant that these two films should feel like two separate films in story and tone, – explains executive producer Trinh Tran.
Fun Fact about Avengers: Endgame
While there were two distinctive beginnings and endings for the two films, one of the biggest challenges for the filmmakers was that they had to develop and shoot “Avengers: Endgame” months before “Avengers: Infinity War” would be completed and in theaters. Here’s what Anthony Russo said about this process:
Normally we complete a film and then we turn our thoughts to how to move forward having digested what that film is, which in turn really informs our movement forward. This was very, very different. We basically had to conceive both films at the same time concurrently with one another. While we always thought about them as two distinct movies, in the bigger picture they were also sort of one coherent expression in our brains.
I would say that all the MCU films share an interconnection, and for us there’s continuity from ‘The Winter Soldier’ to ‘Civil War,’ which is also interconnected to ‘Infinity War.
Making the two movies at once was a tall order and a complicated order. Only a seasoned team like the ones we have at Marvel and on our production allowed us to pull something like this off, because the stories are so complex and the scale of production is so large that it took a very well-tuned machine to be able to handle two films at the same time.
While the remaining Avengers are at the compound regrouping, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has his own issues on Titan to deal with and is also grappling with a vision of destruction that has been looming in the shadows for a long time.
Scarlet Johansson on Her Character Development
Like Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson has been able to grow her character throughout the years, going all the way back to Black Widow’s introduction in 2010’s “Iron Man 2.”
When we shot ‘Iron Man 2,’ I didn’t know if the fans and the audience would accept my interpretation of the character. I knew there were many different dramatic directions that we could go, but it was just an introduction to the character as an idea, and it wasn’t until the first ‘Avengers’ that I got to really work on this characterization and develop the depth of this character’s back story in what we wanted to be her truth.
For Renner, getting to play a completely new side of his character this deep into the franchise was a real treat. “It was really exciting, and it was something I always kind of dreamed of for a long time. There were a lot of physical challenges and there were many more emotional challenges in this one than there were in past ones. I think it’s a great way to end this kind of journey thus far for the character where he’s kind of transgressed, grown and formed relationships within the team.”
Renner and the Black Widow Relationship
The actor continues and speaks to his character’s close relationship and long history with Black Widow. “There’s a big connection with his storyline and history with Black Widow,” says Renner.
In ‘Endgame,’ it continues to deepen, which was really wonderful, because that’s kind of where their relationship started. The Hawkeye/Widow relationship is one of the most important among the Avengers for Clint. There’s a lot of humanity to Clint in general, just because he’s a boots-on-the-ground kind of guy and doesn’t have any superpowers. He just has a very strong will and a high skill set.
And there’s a wonderful grounding relationship with Black Widow that finally gets expressed, and it’s really quite beautiful.
Chris Evans about his character Steve Rogers
At the beginning of this film we see a lot of broken people. That’s what Marvel’s great at doing.They’ve truly leveled us, not just literally, but morally and emotionally. The good thing is, it’s always easier to build people back up after they’ve been broken down, but you just have a lot of incomplete characters.
Steve still has his back turned on things as a result of ‘Civil War,’ but after Thanos snaps and we lose all these people, he’s really trying to jumpstart that optimism and rediscover that loyalty to conventions bigger than himself to somehow stay afloat. Otherwise, it’s so easy to just give up, but that’s not in his nature. I think he knows that, so it’s just a matter of how, in the face of the worst possible outcome, do you still be a leader?
Nebula Character Played by Karen Gillan Is In Emotional Havoc
While Thanos has succeeded in defeating the Avengers, it came at a steep price, as he had to kill Gamora, thus creating a deeper rift with Nebula (Karen Gillan).
Explaining where the character is after the events of “Avengers: Infinity War,” Karen Gillan says:
Nebula’s always had a very turbulent relationship with Thanos. It’s something that’s very complicated, because it’s essentially an abusive relationship with her father. It’s a mixture of absolute fury and hate and resentment but also the absolute desire to please him and get his approval. That’s a really strange mix of emotions that she is constantly dealing with, and I think she’s torn in different directions at times.
Coming out of the last film and starting ‘Endgame,’ Nebula is not in the best place emotionally. She had just started to form a connection with her sister, which is something she had wanted her whole life. The beginning of it was finally happening, and then her sister was taken away from her by Thanos. It was her only real family, so she is feeling alone and completely lost and helpless.
The Ever-changing Nebula Character
For Karen Gillan as an actress, that character has been one of her favorites to play despite the very long hair and makeup process to transform into Nebula.
It’s incredibly satisfying to be able to explore and uncover parts of this character through multiple films and franchises.
Usually you would have that kind of arc in one movie. But with Nebula, it’s just over many movies now, and that just keeps it really interesting for me as an actor, because she’s changing every time and I never feel like I’m repeating myself.
It’s like we’re learning something new about her every single time. I feel like she started off as this stone-cold character. And we’re starting to learn just how vulnerable she really is and how much she yearns to have family in her life.
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