Avengers: Endgame passes Avatar to become biggest film of all time

Avengers: Endgame has topped Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.Marvel boss Kevin Feige made the news official at the studio’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego, California on Saturday, announcing the blockbuster would pass Avatar’s $2.7…

Avengers: Endgame has topped Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige made the news official at the studio’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego, California on Saturday, announcing the blockbuster would pass Avatar’s $2.78 billion global box office mark over the weekend, ending the James Cameron-directed movie’s nine-year reign.

“Thanks to you, Avengers: Endgame is the biggest film of all-time,” Feige told fans in Comic-Con’s fabled Hall H.

While Avengers: Endgame co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo took to Twitter to share a similar sentiment.

“To the greatest fans in the universe, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you…,” they commented.

Avengers: Endgame, featuring an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Brie Larson, follows the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies as they attempt to reverse the damage caused by Thanos, as played by Josh Brolin, in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

The blockbuster has passed Avatar’s record in just 13 weeks, and in a statement, Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer of Marvel’s parent company, The Walt Disney Studios, praised the cast and crew for their achievements.

“A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights,” he commented. “Of course, even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron’s Avatar remains as powerful as ever, and the astonishing achievements of both of these films are ongoing proof of the power of movies to move people and bring them together in a shared experience. The talented filmmakers behind these worlds have much more in store, and we look forward to the future of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and (Avatar’s setting) Pandora.”

Bosses at Disney are also celebrating another record-breaking weekend in North America, as The Lion King has roared to the top of the box office to become the biggest July opening of all time.

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Chris Evans wants to make buddy comedy with Chris Hemsworth

Avengers hunks Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth are on the hunt for a buddy comedy to star in after developing such a “brotherly bond” on the set of the superhero movies. The actors have become best friends since portraying Captain America and Thor, re…

Avengers hunks Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth are on the hunt for a buddy comedy to star in after developing such a “brotherly bond” on the set of the superhero movies.

The actors have become best friends since portraying Captain America and Thor, respectively, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past decade, and following the conclusion of the current franchise in Avengers: Endgame, they are now eager to find a new project to work on together.

“I would love to do one of those ’80s buddy comedies, where we could shed the characters we are known for,” Evans told Variety of his hopes of collaborating with Hemsworth again.

Any such film would give the two pals the opportunity to goof off onscreen, something they became so well known for behind the scenes of the Marvel movies, they claim studio bosses purposefully split them up for the Endgame promotional tour.

“With Chris Evans, I have a real brotherly bond,” Hemsworth said. “I think they wouldn’t pair us up on this press tour, because we just spend the whole time screwing around and none of it is on topic.”

Evans confirmed the suspicion, branding the move “such bulls**t”.

“We had too much fun together, and truly like kids in school, we were separated because we weren’t getting s**t done,” he lamented.

Hemsworth also revealed he’d get on with his co-star as soon as they met.

“We were like, ‘Cool, working together will be easy then,'” he recalled.

Evans added: “That’s the way it’s been across the Marvel landscape. It’s always felt like old hat with the cast.”

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Designers and models slam Alabama’s controversial anti-abortion law

Top fashion designers and models are among those slamming Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the controversial bill on Wednesday evening, after senators from the U.S. State passed the bill late the previous day, w…

Top fashion designers and models are among those slamming Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the controversial bill on Wednesday evening, after senators from the U.S. State passed the bill late the previous day, with the law only allowing for terminations of ectopic pregnancy, if the unborn child has a “lethal anomaly” or to “avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother”.

Under the legislation, doctors who perform abortions may face life in prison, and while Democrats attempted to re-introduce an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, they were unsuccessful – with a number of members of the fashion community now speaking out over the divisive law.

Taking to Instagram, Zac Posen uploaded a picture of a poster with the words, “Abortion is a personal decision, not a legal debate,” and in the caption wrote, “Deeply shocked and disappointed by Alabama criminalising abortion. I know from my mother what it was like for women before Roe v. Wade. Women’s rights are human rights. Let’s move forward, not backwards.”

In her statement, Ivey commented that she was aware the new law may be unenforceable due to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973 which legalised abortion in all 50 states, but insisted that the new regulation was passed with the aim of challenging that law.

Elsewhere, luxury footwear designer Brian Atwood shared vintage images of women fighting for the right to have abortions and added, “Total BS!!! Alabama wake the f**k up! We will not stand for this!!!! Men will not govern a woman’s body!!!!”

While model Bella Hadid reposted a comment on the issue penned by artist Petra Collins, and Hailey Bieber shared a Twitter user’s post on her Instagram Stories in which they pointed out that the 22 Alabama senators who voted for the bill were all male.

Other A-listers including Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Silverman, Ava DuVernay, Chris Evans, and Padma Lakshmi have all spoken out over the law too.

The bill will not take effect for six months after becoming law.

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**SPOILER ALERT** Anthony Mackie cried with Chris Evans after discovering Avengers: Endgame conclusion

Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie cried together as they bonded over the ending of Avengers: Endgame. Mackie plays Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in the final installment of the Avengers franchise, Evans’ Steve Rogers retir…

Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie cried together as they bonded over the ending of Avengers: Endgame.

Mackie plays Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in the final installment of the Avengers franchise, Evans’ Steve Rogers retires as Captain America as he hands over his famous shield to his flying sidekick.

Evans was so excited to find out the unexpected ending of his tenure as the superhero that he rushed to share the news with Mackie before he’d had chance to read the script for himself.

Mackie told IMDb, “We were at his house and he goes, ‘You excited?’ And I go, ‘What are you talking about?’ and he goes, ‘You don’t know?’ He jumps up, runs out of the room and comes back in with the script.”

After reading the ending with Evans, the 8 Mile star admitted he was “blown away”.

“We cried. We drank. We laughed,” he shared. “I am very happy I got that moment with Chris, for him to not only pass me the shield, but to tell me it was happening.”

The actors first worked together as Captain America and Falcon in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was also directed by Endgame filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo.

And filming the closing scenes on Endgame was incredibly emotional for Mackie, as the father-of-three admitted the significance of becoming the first black Captain America began to really dawn on him.

“It means a lot to me for my sons to see Captain America as a black dude and for me to be that dude to my sons,” the 40 year old continued. “So that moment was not just, ‘Hey, we’re acting.’ It was more of a thing. And then they (the Russo brothers) cut and I cried. And Chris cried. And the Russos cried. And everyone cried. It was an emotional day.”

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Mark Ruffalo: ‘Playing Hulk has been the trip of a lifetime’

Mark Ruffalo bid an emotional farewell to his Avengers alter ego at the world premiere of final flick Avengers: Endgame in Los Angeles.Mark was joined on stage by the majority of his A-list co-stars on Monday night (22Apr19) at the LA Convention Center…

Mark Ruffalo bid an emotional farewell to his Avengers alter ego at the world premiere of final flick Avengers: Endgame in Los Angeles.

Mark was joined on stage by the majority of his A-list co-stars on Monday night (22Apr19) at the LA Convention Center, including Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth.

Talking after the credits rolled, Ruffalo, who has played The Hulk since 2012’s Avengers, told the audience how important the last seven years have been for him.

“It’s been an amazing ride and so moving, I love all of you guys so much. It’s been the trip of a lifetime, and what you did up there tonight was so beautiful. My brother and sister Avengers, I love you so much,” he gushed, according to Variety.

Captain America actor Evans echoed his sentiments, stating: “I have a lot of my friends and family here tonight, and a lot of them are right up here. We have this bond that transcends what we do for a living… I cried like six times (tonight).”

Notable absences from the star-studded premiere were British stars Tom Holland and Tom Hiddleston, who play Spider-Man and Loki receptively, who both had work commitments elsewhere; Holland is filming new film Chaos Walking in Atlanta, while Hiddleston is treading the boards in his native London in play Betrayal.

However, fans were excited by the presence of Natalie Portman, and have speculated she’s making her return as genius scientist Jane Foster, after last being seen in Thor: The Dark World in 2013.

Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas around the world from Wednesday.

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Chris Hemsworth: ‘There’s more of me in Thor now than ever’

Chris Hemsworth has been playing Thor for so long that he’s gradually been able to bring more of his personality to the Marvel character.The Australian actor first played the Asgardian superhero in 2011’s Thor and has reprised the role multiple times, …

Chris Hemsworth has been playing Thor for so long that he’s gradually been able to bring more of his personality to the Marvel character.

The Australian actor first played the Asgardian superhero in 2011’s Thor and has reprised the role multiple times, most recently in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which could be his last outing.

During a group interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chris admitted that he’s played Thor so many times the lines have blurred between him and the hammer-wielding figure.

“There was a much clearer (sense of) who the character was the first time I played it, and then…it slowly just became me screwing around and having fun,” he explained. “There’s more of me in the character now than ever. It’s the most honest place you can operate from as an actor.”

He added that because the cast has become so close over the years that friendships onscreen are similar to the ones in real life, such as the bond between Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. and Captain America’s Chris Evans.

“Knowing everybody, I feel like the personal relationships start to echo through,” the 35-year-old continued. “What you see, the authenticity of Iron Man and Captain America when we’re onscreen, there is a real friendship with Chris and Robert. Then it starts to just come through whether we like it or not.”

The Captain America actor, who also made his MCU debut in 2011, said that it’s impossible not to take on part of the character after playing it so many times, but it has got the stage now where it’s like reuniting with a friend.

“The same way that these are all friends, the character becomes a friend too. You’re visiting an old friend,” he gushed.

Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas later this month (Apr19).

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Chris Hemsworth happy to continue playing Thor after Avengers: Endgame

Chris Hemsworth would be “more than happy” to continue playing superhero Thor if the character survives Avengers: Endgame. The current phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) phase concludes with Endgame, which is thought to be the final film for a n…

Chris Hemsworth would be “more than happy” to continue playing superhero Thor if the character survives Avengers: Endgame.

The current phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) phase concludes with Endgame, which is thought to be the final film for a number of original Avengers such as Chris, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo.

The cast is yet to see the film and have no idea how it ends, but Australian actor Chris would be happy to keep playing the God of Thunder if the character makes it out of Endgame alive.

“This is Marvel’s phase three wrapping up, a culmination of all this journey, whether or not they go off and then shoot other things or do prequels or sequels and whatever they can do,” he says in a clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (09Apr19). “I mean Loki, my brother, has come back nine times, and every time he dies he just keeps reappearing, so who knows what’s in store for anyone? Me personally, it’s the best fun I’ve ever had, and I’d be happy to do more if they wanted me. More than happy.”

When Ellen states that he must have some idea of the ending because he shot the scenes, Chris reasons that it got quite confusing filming Endgame at the same time as 2018’s Infinity War.

“I have a rough idea of what happens,” he explains. “We shot Infinity War and this over eight months, back and forth (between) both films, overlapping, and in the end, it was like (confused face) and it was being written while we were shooting and the other one was being edited and so on.”

The cast and crew have been unable to really talk about the film during the press tour out of fear of spoilers. On Sunday, Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the franchise, was left red-faced when she thought she’d revealed a plot point at the Los Angeles press conference, where she appeared to reveal she would face her father Thanos, the main villain.

“I don’t know if she will. Maybe she won’t. I just got really nervous I gave something away, so I’m going to stop,” she quickly added.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige also revealed to IGN that the company has a five-year plan but will not be announcing any more projects until after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home in July.

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Brie Larson: ‘I joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the most magical time’

Brie Larson is excited to have joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in time for Avengers: Endgame – despite it being the conclusion of the main story in the franchise.Fans are preparing to say goodbye to many of the actors from the franchise, whi…

Brie Larson is excited to have joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in time for Avengers: Endgame – despite it being the conclusion of the main story in the franchise.

Fans are preparing to say goodbye to many of the actors from the franchise, which began in 2008 with Iron Man. However, Captain Marvel star Brie, who joined her remaining co-stars including Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Danai Gurira and Paul Rudd at a press conference in Los Angeles on Sunday (07Apr19), insisted she joined the money-spinning universe at the right time.

“I came in at just the most magical time,” she said, reported the Toronto Sun. “The whole thing has felt like a dream… This film will always be personally dear to me.”

Brie gave little away about the plot of the movie, which follows on from the events of Avengers: Infinity War, when several of the superheroes were disintegrated by villain Thanos, who wiped out half of all life across the universe, including Black Panther’s T’Challa, Bucky Barnes, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man. Chairs were left empty on stage at the press conference to represent “the fallen”.

“This film deals with some heavy subject matters,” she shared. “We were bouncing between things that feel very deep and serious, and then we were going off and playing (word game) Boggle, which I’m very good at.”

Brie’s debut as an Avenger comes after the worldwide success of her movie Captain Marvel, which recently crossed the billion dollar mark at the global box office.

“I felt kind of chill… But now…I’m scared,” she said in response to moderator and Iron Man director Jon Favreau comparing her casting to being called up to bat in the World Series.

Meanwhile, directors Anthony and Joe Russo have promised that Endgame will satisfy fans.

“One of our favourite storytelling narratives is to write ourselves into a corner,” Anthony said. “Here you have 11 franchises interwoven into one big narrative, and with Endgame we get to finish off one of the grandest experiments in movie history and bring it to a conclusion.”

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Avengers stars really do not know how finale ends

The stars of the final Avengers movie have no idea how the blockbuster ends. Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Chris Hemsworth have not seen the completed Marvel film and they don’t plan to until it hits cinemas. “Personally, I…

The stars of the final Avengers movie have no idea how the blockbuster ends.

Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Chris Hemsworth have not seen the completed Marvel film and they don’t plan to until it hits cinemas.

“Personally, I’m actually gonna try to enjoy the experience at the premiere,” Captain America Evans says, while his co-star Scarlett insists most of the stars only know how their characters close out the movie.

“There’s so many different pieces going on and there’s, like, three different units happening at the same time, and if you’re not acting with another actor then you don’t know what’s going on in the world because there’s so many different parts of this universe,” she explains to Good Morning America.

“Honestly, we really all are as in the dark as all of you (fans) and that’s part of the joy and amazement… We are not lying; we don’t really know anything more than you guys do.”

But co-star Downey, Jr. knows one thing for sure – he’ll always be close to his castmates.

The Iron Man star says, “I can look at each of my co-stars and recall many times that we’ve sought each other out when there was no call sheet… It’s been a very blessed affair.”

And the whole Avengers saga has helped Hemsworth, who plays Thor, become cool in the eyes of one of his kids: “He gets fed the most, he gets looked after, he gets a lot of love,” the father-of-three joked to GMA. “The other ones like Wonder Woman, so they sleep outside.”

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Marvel release Avengers: Endgame teaser as fans countdown film’s release

Marvel marked the one-month countdown until Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas by releasing 32 new character posters and a featurette.The next instalment of the super hero franchise begins showing in theatres around the world on 24 April (19), opening in t…

Marvel marked the one-month countdown until Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas by releasing 32 new character posters and a featurette.

The next instalment of the super hero franchise begins showing in theatres around the world on 24 April (19), opening in the U.K. the following day, and in the U.S. on 26 April.

With the fate of some of Marvel’s most loved characters unknown following Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) destruction at the end of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, fans have been given an early glimpse at what’s to come in the new video.

“The fans’ reaction to the end of Infinity War, when half their favourite characters turned to dust, really was indicative of how emotionally connected the world has gotten to these characters,” Marvel president Kevin Feige says in the video.

While Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, comments that people are still “coming to grips” with what’s happened, and Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson says her character has become hardened after the fallout from the last film.

Captain America Chris Evans adds that the characters are all doing their best to keep their head above water.

“But it’s kind of a losing battle – we lost and we’re not used to losing,” he said.

“They’ve truly levelled us, not just literally but morally and emotionally…. The good thing is that it’s always easier to build people back up after they’ve been broken down. That’s what Marvel’s great at doing. It’s that shred of hope that everyone is looking for.”

Some of the cast also shared their character posters on social media with the hashtag #AvengersEndgame and the one-month countdown, including Evans and Don Cheadle, aka War Machine.

Samuel L. Jackson, who stars as Nick Fury in Marvel’s flicks but isn’t credited as being in the new film, shared the featurette, telling fans: “We’re in the endgame now. Watch this brand-new featurette from Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame, in theaters in one month.”

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