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ALL FOR ONE

WITH THE END(GAME) IN SIGHT, THE FOUNDING AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TO SHARE STORIES ABOUT STAN LEE, STAR TREK, AND HOW TO KEEP A LID ON THE MOST SECRETIVE MOVIE THEY’VE EVER MADE

IT’S STRANGE WHEN A REUNION FEELS like a farewell.

That was the bittersweet atmosphere surrounding Avengers: Endgame when Entertainment Weekly sat down with the Original Six, the actors who first united as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes once upon a time in 2012’s The Avengers.

Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye: They’re in a class of their own. And that class is graduating.

Endgame, highly secretive and heavily embargoed until it’s out on April 26, has hinted at almost nothing...except the promise of finality. It’s the 22nd movie in the saga, and while there will be many more to come, this film—from directors Joe and Anthony Russo—promises to be a conclusion for some of the characters at the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not that the actors can talk about that.

During our interview, they were teasing, joking, reminiscing, and still thinking about the future, just like they were seven years ago when EW first put them together for an epic roundtable. Now that talk is about mistakes, goofs, and games; friends they’ve lost along the way, like the late Stan Lee; and thoughts on how audiences will look back on the stories they’ve told.

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, joined the actors; he was one of the key figures who helped unite this team of heroes—sort of like the real-life Nick Fury. “No, that’s Sam Jackson,” Feige objects. But that ex–S.H.I.E.L.D. spymaster is dust. (At least for now.) Until that changes, Downey declares Feige “Interim Fury!”

To wrangle the Avengers, you need all the help you can get.

Endgame is the movie. But you guys can’t talk about Endgame, right?

KEVIN FEIGE Correct.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. That is correct.

JEREMY RENNER The only thing I can guarantee about Endgame is that it’s going to begin and then...it’s going to end. At some point.

FEIGE No, no, no. Don’t even say that!

RENNER Or it’s all continuous. [Laughter] It just keeps running!

SCARLETT JOHANSSON I’m gonna have PTSD from this [press tour]. I mean, honestly, it is so stressful. At the end of every day, I lie awake at night and I think about all the things I almost said. It gives me panic.

MARK RUFFALO Oh, you think you feel that way?

JOHANSSON [Sarcastically] Tell us about it, Mark, how do you feel?

DOWNEY You’re a repeat offender, Mr. Ruffalo.

RUFFALO Nah, I’ve had reeducation camp!

What’s the biggest secret you’ve spilled about a movie, Mark?

JOHANSSON [To Ruffalo] What about when you streamed the first 10 minutes of Thor: Ragnarok?

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