A new BTS photo from Avengers: Endgame rounds up everyone who was at Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) funeral. It's been a month since Marvel Studios' Infinity Saga culmination hit theaters, but it remains a favorite topic of conversation among fans. Especially since the cast and crew continue to release set snaps and videos from the time they were working on the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed flick. The latest image from the film features almost everyone in the star-studded MCU cast that appeared in the project.
The direct sequel to last year's Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame tackled the aftermath of Thanos' win against Earth's Mightiest Heroes. After a haphazard attempt at revenge, the heroes had no choice but to sit through five years knowing that they failed in protecting not just their home planet but the whole universe. But with a glimmer of hope blossoming after Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) suggested the idea of a Time Heist, the Avengers banded back together to bring back everyone lost following The Decimation. They succeeded in doing that, but it didn't come without any sacrifices, including Iron Man's, who died using the gauntlet to make sure that Thanos never threatens the galaxy ever again.
Considering what he gave up, almost every hero in the MCU gathered together for Stark's emotional funeral. It's one of the most star-studded sequences in Endgame, with multiple award-winning actors playing their respective roles in the superhero universe - from Michael Douglas' Hank Pym to Brie Larson's Captain Marvel. Karen Gillan (Nebula) recently shared on her official Twitter account a behind-the-scenes image of everyone in that particular scene alongside the Russos, Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige, and several crew members in a group shot which she captioned "family portrait." Check out the photo below:
Downey and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) weren't on set that day since both their characters died prior to the funeral. Over the course of the last several weeks, people involved in Endgame have talked about what it was like to shoot the sequence. For the Russo Brothers and the producers, it was difficult to have all these people at the same time, and since they only had at most two months with all of them, they had to figure out the staging of the sequence using stand-ins repeatedly to make sure that things went smoothly during actual shooting day. And since this moment in the movie is a spoiler, it was never called the funeral, instead, it was dubbed "The Wedding," and the actors actually thought they would be filming a celebratory scene rather than a somber one.
Aside from a great emotional sequence to sendoff MCU's inaugural hero, Stark's funeral was also an effective way to showcase how the MCU has grown over the last decade. The characters were cleverly laid out by franchise like Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Ant-Man. The scene also featured other recurring characters in the universe such as Nick Fury and Maria Hill. It's an effective reminder that the superhero series has a lot of moving pieces and Avengers: Endgame fulfilled the promise of bringing them all together. It might be a while before fans get to see this type of shot again, as the MCU looks to largely return to individual stories, but as they rebuild, an iteration of this scene will likely come again down the road.
Source: Karen Gillan
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