Here Are 15 Things We Learned From The "Avengers: Endgame" Press Conference

    "It has a little sadness to it. I mean, we're all talking like we're dead."

    On Sunday, all the (remaining) Avengers, plus Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and directors Anthony and Joe Russo, got together in LA for a press conference.

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    The cast — surrounded by empty chairs to represent their snapped comrades — answered questions while doing their best to avoid Endgame spoilers. Here's what we managed to learn...

    1. The filmmakers say Endgame is "something that's never been done before" in a superhero film.

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    "At every turn, including the first Iron Man film, we talked about, 'How can we do something that's never been done before? What if a superhero outs his identity at the very last shot of the movie?'" said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

    2. They decided several years ago that the movie would be a "definitive conclusion" to this particular saga of the MCU.

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    "Four, five years ago, we talked about what we haven't seen in films based on comic characters," Feige continued. "We haven't seen an ending — a definitive conclusion to an overall saga. So that is why it's called Endgame, and why I think it's very, very, very special."

    3. Anthony Russo says he and his brother Joe are "committed" to the ending of Infinity War.

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    "Stories lose their meaning and relevancy and resonance unless there are real stakes," he said. "For us, moving into Endgame, the story is very much about how these heroes deal with devastating loss."

    4. Chris Evans says this film represents a "completion" of Captain America's story.

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    "You know I can't talk about that," he joked when asked how he feels about his character's role in Endgame. "I guess I can give broad strokes. I think just the completion of the arc — that's safe to say, right? This movie does kind of provide an ending–"

    That's when he got cut off by panel moderator Jon Favreau.

    5. Scarlett Johansson says the movies have "grown" in response to encouragement from audiences who pushed for more diverse stories.

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    "The character started as a sexy secretary with a skillset on the side, and ... the next time we saw her in Avengers she was one of the boys, and that made sense then," she said. "I remember when Lizzie [Olsen] signed on, and Cobie [Smulders] was there, we were just clinging to each other. I felt like I had been in this testosterone-fest for such a long time, it was so nice to see other female cast members, and then with Brie [Larson] coming on, and Karen [Gillan], and Danai [Gurira], I feel like I'm amongst so many wonderful actors."

    6. Karen Gillan may have suggested there'll be a dramatic face-off between Nebula and Thanos.

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    "I think it's fair to say she suffers from some daddy issues, because her dad is Thanos," she laughed. "I think I'm excited for her to finally face the source of her abuse. You know, this has sort of been building for multiple movies, through the Guardians movies, and she's talked about how she wants to inflict revenge.

    "I would like to see her try and face that. I don't know if she will. Maybe she won't! I'm not saying anything!" Karen finished.

    7. The film was Brie Larson's first time playing Captain Marvel, but she didn't even have a script to work from.

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    "This film will always be special to me, because it was my first time playing Captain Marvel — we shot this first," she said. "I had to stumble and try to figure out who this character was with no script for this and no script for Captain Marvel either and perform for the first time in front of legends."

    8. She also revealed the cast have Boggle tournaments to wind down in between scenes.

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    "This film deals with some very heavy subject matters," Brie said. "So you're bouncing between things that feel very deep and serious, and then we're going off and playing Boggle, which I am very good at, just to be clear."

    Apparently Don Cheadle is the best Boggle player (he once found the word "Avengers"), and Mark Ruffalo is the worst (Chris Evans joked he couldn't even find "cat").

    9. Mark Ruffalo points out there's a different atmosphere than there has been during press tours for previous Avengers movies, calling the moment "bittersweet".

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    "I don't know if you can tell, but it's a little bit different than the last time. It has a little sadness to it. I mean, we're all talking like we're dead," he said. "There's something very bittersweet about this moment."

    10. Chris Evans prefers bearded Captain America, along with most of his castmates.

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    Danai Gurira and Karen Gillan are the only ones who prefer him clean-shaven, while Paul Rudd says he likes both.

    11. Robert Downey Jr says he prefers neither, choosing "Chris Evans with a beard with prosthetics over it when Joss Whedon asked him to come do the tag for the first Avengers".

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    The end-credits scene for the first Avengers movie was actually shot the day after the premiere. Chris Evans had a beard for his role in Snowpiercer, and it had to be covered up with prosthetics.

    "I was like, 'We're making Ruffalo green, and we can't do this?'" Chris joked. "But I spent some hours in the chair and put prosthetics on, so we had to do the scene with me [covering my face]."

    12. According to promotional materials and costumes on display at the conference, Hawkeye has officially adopted the persona of Ronin for Endgame.

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    Although that's not a spoiler according to Kevin Feige.

    "Hawkeye had been so absent in Infinity War," he told IGN. "We thought it'd be fun to showcase one of the many different aspects of this movie is that he's in it, and answering the question, sort of, where has he been?"

    13. Chris Evans said his favourite scenes to film are opposite Robert Downey Jr due to the friction between their characters.

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    "All the heroes up here have their flaws, and that makes for really good conflict and storytelling," he said. "That's why my favourite stuff in this arc has been my stuff with Downey, because there's such a dichotomy between how we approach things. At the end of the day, our hearts are in the right places, but it provides a lot of great friction."

    14. He also says Captain America welcomes the arrival of fellow natural leaders like Captain Marvel.

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    "I think he tends to lean on those people who are of like mind and nature, who are intrinsically selfless," Chris said. "Introducing characters like Captain Marvel and Black Panther — who align very similarly to Cap's nature — I think it reinforces Cap's sense of purpose."

    15. And finally, when asked for a single word to describe the film, Joe Russo calls it "cathartic".

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    We'll see what that means when Avengers: Endgame is released on 25 April. You can watch the press conference in full here.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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