MARVEL and its Team are doing great credit to the process of promoting a movie. And, if you avoid nasty spoilers? Sit back, relax, enjoy and lap it up. It’s all part of an 11 year Journey reaching an epic conclusion..That ENDGAME is upon us!
So: one week left. That hype? That feeling of worldwide community gathering? It’s PART of the show. As important as simply watching the final, finished film on release and cherishing it ever after. I have to say I have been most impressed by the stage management on ENDGAME. Save one major leak of the spoiler variety? We all know very little going in. And yet Marvel and Disney played a blinder by keeping us entertained with assorted, cellular press conference events and interviews etc.
There is, of course, a somewhat bittersweet nature to it all. It’s a shame that there is a stress on this being the end of an era, especially when, despite the excellent micro-managed planning of each ‘phase’ in the series, there was also organic growth and evolution within each individual hero’s franchise journey.
Also: in the scheme of things, 11 years is long but not THAT long. Who can believe it’s been a decade? I can! Matters not helped by fact that we know little if anything about the next phase, save some minor details on sequels that frankly one could give or take, now we know that the Marvel ‘cinematic universe’ can integrate both X Men and Fantastic 4 yet are holding their fire there? Minor caveat. I had to stretch to find it. As in Reed Richards stretching (you get that reference?).
I genuinely hope and indeed, believe, that most of the major Avengers super-hero personnel characters survive ENDGAME and fight another day, albeit more in cameo capacities. Could Tony Stark become the Stan Lee successor? Cropping up every now and again for a reminder of the good times and as a rational, comedic yet grounded way in for audiences? Sure, if they can afford Downey and let him do other stuff (his own next decade is critical in defining him as an actor and I trust he will be stretched as his talent demands?).
We just don’t know. But hey: that’s part of the FUN! PART of the EXPERIENCE. this last lap of WAITING. Enjoy it. FEEL like YOU are one of the team, getting to travel the world and share in the epic joy, excitement, enthusiasm and childlike, timeless hope that this brand has inspired.
The cast and crew are a model of polished professionalism: choreographed yet somehow natural, organic, approachable. Remember that this is WORK. They have to MAKE it look joyous, effortless and that can be very draining to deliver on repeat, however much one relishes their craft and promoting a product. Watch these people at work. Learn. Apply that same ethic in your own life and you might feel like a super-hero, too?
It’s particularly joyous when one sees Brie Larson on stage. Elegant, beautiful, compassionate, talented: a movie star for all time. It’s also interesting that Brie works REALLY well with Downey: a kind of fraternal big brother pride via comedic chemistry. So let’s hope they give us Captain Marvel meeting Tony Stark (albeit with a protective Pepper Potts looking on?) by the close of ENDGAME. And Chris Hemsworth (THOR!) is a literal God: chiselled, commanding, cool charm, fused to Aussie down to earth no nonsense competence and charisma. I could go on..’I could do this all day’.
Instead? I am leaving you with a greatest hits /best bits selection of the ENDGAME Press Tour.