Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and other members of the Avengers superhero team on Monday celebrated the final chapter in a 22-movie saga that ranks as the movie industry’s highest-grossing franchise of all time.
At a lavish premiere in Los Angeles, hundreds of industry VIPs, cast members, fans and media watched the first showing of “Avengers: Endgame,” the three-hour action spectacle that has been held tightly under wraps.
The movie begins rolling out in theatres around the world on Wednesday.
Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Evans (Captain America) and others walked a purple carpet underneath a giant, spinning Avengers logo set up inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. A cavernous exhibit hall was turned into a movie theatre with a large screen and stadium-style seating.
“I’m excited that I’m finally going to get to see the movie,” said Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man and, like other cast members, had not seen the finished film due to Marvel’s secrecy around the project
Rudd said he had been traveling the world to promote the movie and “trying to talk about it the best we can, and to do all of that without having seen the film is a strange experience. So now, to finally see the movie is great.”
Other A-list stars packed the premiere, including Chris Hemsworth’s brother Liam and his wife Miley Cyrus, and Matt Damon, who had a cameo in 2017 film “Thor: Ragnarok.”
“Endgame” concludes the story of the six original Avengers in Marvel’s cinematic universe – Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk and Thor.
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