Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

The End of a Marvel; after 11 Years and 22 Films, All Good Things Must Finish - Well

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

The End of a Marvel; after 11 Years and 22 Films, All Good Things Must Finish - Well

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Byline: WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN

When Iron Man hit cinemas 11 years ago, no one could have predicted it was the start of a new blockbuster dynasty.

Now, 22 films later, Marvel's Cinematic Universe reaches its climax in Avengers: Endgame. And one man, producer Kevin Feige, has been along for the entire ride.

"We hired a great director to do the first film in the MCU, and then we hired a great actor. And we had fun making that first movie," Feige said at the recent Avengers: Endgame media conference in Los Angeles.

"The bar for success was pretty low. It felt high at the time, but it was not that high. It was comparative to other Marvel films that had been out in that general area, which is what we wanted to compete with. But as we were making the movie and as we were looking at dailies and as we were looking at effects tests coming in, we realised that this was really going to be special and even perhaps more special than we thought."

Avengers: Endgame reunites long-time MCU stars Robert Downey Jr (as Tony Stark/Iron Man, pictured above), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, pictured right) and Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), with more recent additions including Karen Gillan (Nebula), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Brie Larson, who only recently made her big-screen debut as Captain Marvel.

"I came at just the most magical time I think," Larson said.

"To come exactly at this 10-year anniversary and really my first introduction to everyone was the 10-year photo, which was a really remarkable and special day. And super surreal and also like not allowed to talk about it. So the whole thing has always felt like a dream. And this film will always be personally dear to me because it was my first time playing Captain Marvel.

"We shot this first. So 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. …

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