It's the end of an era. Avengers: Endgame marks the last film in an eleven-year saga, and the cast and crew have been celebrating with tons of never-before-seen BTS photos and videos from the Infinity Saga films now that the spoiler-ban has been lifted. (Hint: Yeah, there are like *tons* of spoilers ahead).
The Marvel Cinematic Universe might have reached its endgame (for now), but there's still so much to learn about Earth's Mightiest Heros. These MCU behind-the-scenes photos might change everything. I mean, they probably won't, but who knows?
How is Chris Evans still this handsome as an octogenarian? Chris posted this on-set photo after the spoiler ban was lifted on May 6 of his old age makeup only halfway completed. As someone who assumed Captain America's aging was done primarily through CGI like Nick Fury's youthful façade in Captain Marvel or Chris's own virtual illusion as a scrawny Steve Rodgers at the beginning of Captain America: The First Avenger, we were absolutely shook to see how much of the aging process was just good old fashioned movie magic.
Chris Evans shared tons of photos and videos from filming his final Avengers film on Twitter because he is an angel doing the Lord's work. It's sweet seeing five of the original six just hanging together on set because we're still recovering from Endgame and will probably continue recovering from Endgame until *we* die, but we were a little taken aback by this up-close look at what it takes to turn Mark Ruffalo into The Hulk. We're not sure what exactly we were expecting, but it wasn't the full face of black dots. Are we sure this isn't a part of the Los Angeles measles outbreak?
The only person who's loved sharing snaps from set more than Chris Evans is Robert Downey Jr., America's actual first Avenger. RDJ hosted a Women of Marvel Studios lunch in craft services featuring all nine of the leading ladies from the Avengers franchise, Zoe Saldana, Brie Larson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Olsen, Evangeline Lily, Danai Gurira, Karen Gillan, Letitia Wright, and Pom Klementieff. Our girl Scarlett Johansson was noticeably missing, probably because her character wasn't involved in the final battle against Thanos. Clearly, this isn't *all* of the women in the franchise: we're missing Peggy Carter, The Ancient One, and Dr. Jane Foster, amongst others, but they didn't appear in Endgame. The luncheon was a nice gesture, but considering women only appeared in 30% of scenes in the film according to this helpful breakdown by Digital Spy, we've still got a ways to go before we can call this a W for the ladies.
The relationship between Tony Stark and Peter Parker is too pure for this world, rivaled only by the similarly adorable friendship between Robert Downey Jr. and America's Little Brother, Tom Holland. Yeah, we know he's British, but the superlative still stands. RDJ captioned this photo, "TBT to simpler times... I love you kid," to which Tom responded, "The love is real boss man ♥️." Excuse us while we sob. This snap from Captain America: Civil War when Tony first takes Peter under his wing features a certificate from the Stark Industries Internship Program for the Science and Technology division, before this father-son dynamic was cruelly ripped apart by Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus.
Tony Stark's final Avengers installment clearly had Robert Downey Jr. in his feelings, and he wanted to bring all of us down with him. RDJ shared a series of photos taken while he was filming Tony's final snap that honestly just get more upsetting as you scroll through them. You can see every emotion on Tony's face, first here when he realizes he's gotten the gauntlet and the good guys are going to win, then continuing as Tony comes to terms with what that means and makes his final sacrifice. We're scarred for life.
RDJ's assistant Jimmy Rich also functioned as a Marvel documentarian for the past eleven years as he took set photos for his boss and captured this wild ride for the fans. Not all heroes wear capes... or latex. Jimmy shared this picture of himself, RDJ, and Jon Favreau amongst the crew's chairs. Not even the cast and crew, just the crew. It's a testament to the sheer amount of people who have come together to make these films a reality. Seeing is believing, and this visual representation of the village it took to build the MCU into the entertainment cornerstone it is today is breathtaking.
One of the most underrated MCU friendships is Natasha Romanoff and Steve Rodgers's enduring platonic love. These two have been there for each other even when they were on different sides of the Civil War. Mark Ruffalo shared this flashback of Scarlett and Chris happily playing an ancient video game, which made us think of Steve's long pop culture education. We wish a scene of Nat and Steve playing a game just like this one had been included in the films to let Cap know what he had missed when he was frozen, if only to see more of this power friendship in the making.
Technically this photo isn't from an Avengers film set, but this BTS of the Thor: Ragnarok press tour's stop at San Diego Comic-Con (aka the only Comic-Con that matters) was too precious not to share. Here, Thor and Loki take a brotherly nap together with Korg while the Hulk lovingly takes photos and posts them online. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Taika Waititi look so peaceful here, a testament both to their strong friendship and to the amount of energy it takes to do a massive press tour.
Seeing BTS photos of actors on their phones is always anachronistically funny, but this photo from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is made even stranger by the characters in their full alien makeup. Nebula and Gamora would probably find our cellular technology to be primitive compared to their various spaceships and holographic communicators, so seeing them casually scroll through IG is almost too much to handle. It goes to show that alien sisters really are just like us: ignoring each other to fiddle around on their smartphones.
We have no idea why Dave Bautista is in full makeup carrying a baby doll head in this photo. The best part is that Chris Pratt had no idea what was going on here, either, and he was the one behind the camera. Chris clarified in the caption that Dave isn't weird, but we all know that Drax certainly is, so we're sure there's some sort of illogical explanation out there. After spending five hours in the makeup chair to become Drax, we imagine Dave would go a little stir-crazy, so we might just chalk this one up to cabin fever.
You're not seeing double: Chris Pratt gave a shoutout to his longtime stunt man Tony McFarr after Tony wrapped filming on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Tony has been Chris's double since Jurassic World, the heartthrob's first real venture into action hero territory after joining the MCU. Tony has done stunt work for the Hunger Games franchise, Furious 7, and Captain America: Civil War, and he returned to double for Chris in the Jurassic World sequel, but stuntman Chris Romrell stepped into his shoes for Chris's Infinity War and Endgame stunts.
Rocket the Raccoon is a big part of the Avengers family, but Bradley Cooper isn't exactly at the center of the action. The actor brings only his voice acting to the character, so he isn't needed on set. We assumed the stand-in for Rocket was a tennis ball on a stick, but because the MCU has an unlimited budget, it looks like they decided to make a weird puppet to fill Bradley's shoes instead. At least the puppet won't side with Thanos like Bradley did during his Avengers press tour.
We've all seen the meme of Zoe Saldana putting on her green lipstick to put the finishing touches on her Gamora costume. Zoe spends up to five hours in hair and makeup to become green from head to toe, and the artists apply prosthetics to cover her forehead and cheeks to complete the otherworldly look. In an unnerving picture Zoe shared of a half-finished Gamora, you can see that the artists apply the prosthetic over her hairline as well, extending back towards her wig cap. It's amazing to see the work that goes into transforming these characters without CGI, but it's also slightly gross.
Okay, we're all thinking it: How much of this budget goes to craft services? While I'm out here Postmating poké bowls to my WeWork, RDJ, Benedict Cumberbatch, and co. are feasting on a healthy salad, some hot sauce, and a ton of sparkling water. As an avid defender of La Croix, I'm not even a little mad at it. This craft services tent is beautifully decorated with lights, flowers, and tablecloths so tasteful that they make me want to become a movie star just for the peaceful lunch breaks. You know, not for the multi-million dollar paycheck or anything. Just the La Croix.
It's a tragedy that Stan Lee didn't live to see the Infinity Saga come to its beautiful conclusion, but Stan managed to make a cameo appearance in every film during this first great Avengers arc. Jeremy Renner posted this photo from the first Avengers film in New York City with the auteur himself. These characters have come so far, and so have their fashion choices. Black Widow found a shade of red hair better suited to her skin tone, Captain America developed an edgier look, and we don't even know what weird sh*t went on with Hawkeye. It's nice to look back on the MCU's not-so-humble beginnings with the man that started it all.
With their multi-million dollar budget, we're surprised the Russo Brothers didn't just film in space. Virgin Galactic, where you at? Endgame's directing duo captioned this photo with a reference to Star Wars' TIE Fighters in a crossover that made nerds pop culture enthusiasts everywhere freak out. Fortunately, the Imperial Army didn't show up to make everything worse, but we're pretty sure Tony Stark could have taken down Darth Sidious and still had time to finish off Thanos for dessert. We love him.
Robert Downey Jr. is getting ready to throw hands to prep for Captain America: Civil War, but Chris Evans is too pure to fake a fight with his brother in arms. As the two linchpins of this billion-dollar franchise, the bromance between RDJ and Chris is one for the history books. Robert famously gave Chris a Captain America-themed 1967 Chevy Camaro after filming wrapped, which cost around $275,000, leading us to wonder how much of his performance as Tony Stark was acting and how much of it was just RDJ being RDJ.
What a lovely photo of Chris, Chris, and Chris. There must be a joke here somewhere about how three white dudes named Chris all starred in the biggest movie event of our generation, but we're too distracted by our love for them to figure out the best punchline. We've gleaned from interviews that the cast calls Chris Hemsworth "Hemmy" to avoid confusion, meaning Chris Evans and Chris Pratt have probably gone the last name route as well. Is this the MCU version of The Bachelor putting last initials after all of the Laurens' names so we don't confuse Lauren B., Lauren G., and Lauren L. M. N. O. P.?