Arriving at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX for the Marvel Studios “AVENGERS: ENDGAME” handprints in cement ceremony, So Cal’s top female radio host Ellen K of the Ellen K Radio Show on KOST 103.5 FM welcomed over 150 fans. Ellen K started at 102.7 KISS-FM co-hosting with Rick Dees morning show from 1990 to 2015. Then she worked On Air with Ryan Seacrest until receiving her own show.
Ellen K introduced film critic and film historian Leonard Maltin who last night attended the premiere of “AVENGERS: ENDGAME”.
He shared how the “movie audience feels the emotions that go with each movie.” As a film historian, he shared how when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was a young boy “he grew up as a fan boy” with movie posters hanging in his bedroom wall, and now he runs a world class movie studio. “Kevin is also a USC Cinema grad and is very supportive giving back to the school and students,” said Maltin, who is supportive and teaches at USC.
The audience learned “It all started with Flash Gordon as a comic strip in the 1930s. “It showed every Saturday in motion picture theaters for 13 weeks,” said Maltin.
This Avengers has been a 10 year journey filled with risks and taking chances. “Kevin took enormous risks in hiring directors and casting each movie. Now we really care about the characters embodied by these talented characters,” said Maltin. “Avengers: Endgame” is the epic conclusion to twenty-two films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This movie embraces cultural and society changes “they are not following, but leading cultures,” said Maltin. “It also takes major filmmaking steps with a female protagonist and females behind the camera.”
Movies lead our thinking of the real world, as well as give us a form of escapism.
Next Maltin introduced Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Kevin Feige. “They are making Hollywood history, handprints in cement has been an event since 1927,” said Maltin, “In So Cal, this is our history.”
“Avengers: Endgame” is based on the Marvel Comics Super Hero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and set for distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the direct sequel to 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” a sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s “The Avengers” and 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
In the film, the grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand.
The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo with a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.