Warning: This story contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
Sometimes a press conference is just a press conference. But it’s not often a memorial that punches you right in the heart.
On Sunday, Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame press conference held in Los Angeles reminded us of exactly how many of our MCU comrades have fallen, by leaving chairs empty among the stars.
Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo, alongside stars Brie Larson, Chris Evans and Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, and more took to their designated spots on stage.
But as you can see, half the chairs were left empty to represent those who were snapped into oblivion at the end of Infinity War. It’s too much.
Harold “Happy” Hogan himself, Jon Favreau, introduced the stunt before hosting the conference.
“Clearly, things look a little different in a post-Infinity War Marvel Cinematic Universe,” he told reporters. “Post-snap there’s a few empty seats.”
It’s a pretty Stark (sorry) reminder of how many of our Avenger friends we’ve lost to that giant purple jerk, Thanos. Gimmicky, but truly effective.
We were still getting over the posters Marvel released in March, which reminded us exactly who was alive and dead using a simple black and white filter. At least it’s handy to know where we stand.
Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas on April 26.
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