Marvel Studios: Avengers: Endgame – The Official Movie Special
Edited by Jonathan Wilkins
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release date: April 30, 2019
What else can be said about the Marvel Cinematic Universe that hasn’t already? 11 years, 22 films, one universe. The most comprehensive and sprawling movie saga ever attempted has proved a critical and financial success and changed the film industry forever. At the very least it’s made us all sick of the word “universe” when discussing movies. Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is mowing does box office records quicker than its heroes dispose of supervillains and it may soon become the most lucrative film of all time. If you’ve been in a hole and haven’t seen it, or like me you’ve seen it multiple times, a perfect companion piece just came your way in Titan Publishing’s Avengers: Endgame: The Official Movie Special available now in hardback. This behind the scenes look is perfect for MCU fans in your life.
This full-color book opens with an interview with the man behind the universe, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussing the lead-up to Endgame and the long strange trip it’s been since Jon Favreau directed Iron Man back in 2008. In the interview, Feige talks about the risks of ending Infinity War the way that they did, but the trust he has in directors Joe and Anthony Russo as well as co-writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
When asked about Thanos, the ultimate big-bad of the MCU, Feige gave credit to Joss Whedon, who included the big bad guy in the post-credit scene of the original Avengers in 2012, and of course to Josh Brolin for bringing the character to life both on set and through motion-capture technology. Like a proud papa, Feige said he wants Endgame to be a catalyst for fans to rewatch the entire series and hopes they’ll be moved. In closing, he called the decade-long adventure “humbling and an honor.”
We then get an amazing series of interviews with the cast making up the survivors of the Thanos snap. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and more all chime in to talk about their characters’ story arcs post Infinity War, what role they’ll play in Endgame, and production as a whole. RDJ in a funny bit relates playing Iron Man for 11 years in nearly ten films to Charlie Chaplin playing The Tramp; if you didn’t know, RDJ starred as Chaplin in the 1992 film. Scarlett Johansson, the second longest tenured Avenger since her debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2, reflects on her character’s arcs and how she views Black Widow as a role model.
The interviews are very in depth on both personal and professional levels. You get amazing behind the scenes insight into the actors relationships with their characters in this massive universe in the midst of its two-part climactic finale. All of this is accompanied by full-color photos taken from the movies of the MCU as well as behind-the-scenes.
To any fan of the MCU, this 96-page hardback edition is a must-own. If you didn’t see Endgame yet, this is a perfect preview. If you’re like the other billion of us who have seen it, this works equally as well as companion piece, showing that the actors we’ve come to love in these roles, feel as strongly as we the fans do.
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