It was a Marvel memorial service.
At the “Avengers: Endgame” world press conference Sunday in Los Angeles, comic information nerds mourned collectively over the bewildering loss of many Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes, along with Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany).
Still-standing stars included Brie Larson, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle, all of whom took the stage with a row of seven empty chairs behind them.
The vacant seats represented the MCU’s “fallen comrades,” who each died or disappeared as a result of Thanos on the end of “Infinity War” in 2018.
Actor-director Jon Favreau, who performs Harold “Happy” Hogan to Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, was the event MC.
“Clearly, things look a little different in a post-‘Infinity War’ Marvel Cinematic Universe,” talked about Favreau to a room full of reporters. “Post-snap there’s a few empty seats.”
For blockbuster lovers everywhere, the stunt was a bitter reminder of the approaching conclusion to the Avengers as everyone knows it. And, of course, social media is buzzing about it.
ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis posted a clip of the second Favreau “introduced the #AvengersEndgame press conference in devastating fashion, reminding us half of them are dead.”
And whereas most pundits contemplated the which implies of life and loss of life, Kyle “Carpetbagger” Buchanan recognized that Evans’ teal velvet trousers have been the event’s most necessary Marvel attraction.