How far would you go to avoid spoilers?
For Anthony and Joe Russo, the brother directors of a little arthouse picture, perhaps you’ve heard of it, called Avengers: Endgame, the best way to keep the movie’s surprises intact is to know as little as possible about it. In fact, the siblings thought about releasing the movie without any fanfare, so that they can preserve “the surprise of the narrative”.
Says Joe Russo in Empire: “When I was a kid and saw The Empire Strikes Back at 11am on the day it opened, and sat there until 10pm watching it back to back to back, it profoundly moved me because I didn’t know a damn thing about the story I was going to watch. We’re trying to replicate that experience.”
All you need to know is, how in blue blazes are the remaining Avengers — Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — going to undo the damages intergalactic tyrant Thanos inflicted in Infinity War?
No publicity? Sounds admirably rad. Then again, does Endgame really need the publicity? Endgame isn’t just another sequel, it's the culmination of 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)-building, marking the end of an era — and the beginning of another. It's probably the last time we’ll ever see the six original Avengers together and it promises to be an emotional ride.
While the Russos are determined to preserve the movie’s shocks and awes, they’re still game to join the cast on its whirlwind press tour around the world to spread the good word about the 22nd MCU movie. (Maybe this is a good way for them to prevent their actors from spilling the beans.)
On Sunday, 8 DAYS manages to get on the phone with the brothers for 10 minutes during their stopover in Seoul, where they are joined by Robert Downey Jr, Jeremy Renner, and Brie Larson. So how much did the directors reveal? Surprise, surprise: Not much. (Even if they did, do you think we’re allowed to run it?)
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Avengers: Endgame opens in cinemas Apr 24.
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