The Russo Brothers were reduced to tears by the fan reaction to 'Avengers: Endgame'

Gregory Wakeman
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 19: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo attend A Conversation With The Russo Brothers during 2019 Comic-Con International at San Diego Convention Center on July 19, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Joe and Anthony Russo have marked the 1-year anniversary of Avengers: Endgame’s release by recalling their own initial reactions to the euphoric response from fans. 

In fact, after sneaking in to an opening night screening of Avengers: Endgame alongside Marvel president Kevin Feige, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and producer Louis D’Esposito, the duo were so overwhelmed by the audience’s reaction that they wept. 

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“I’ve never had an experience like that in a movie theater,” Joe Russo told Deadline. “Where an audience was that viscerally and emotionally connected to what was going on, vocalising and emoting the way they were.”

“We had chills all around and were brought to tears once or twice, realizing you told a story that had such binding communal impact. It was something we’ll never forget.”

Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans stare each other down in Avengers: Endgame (Image by Marvel)

Anthony Russo even compared the experience to going to a rock concert, explaining, “To be in a movie theater that feels like a rock arena, I never imagined it and to be part of that energy and see the crowds experience the movie in that way with that fervor, sharing it together and feeding one another.”

“That was something I never anticipated and to see it happen on that movie…it keeps you humbled because you don’t know where art is going to take you or where movies take us. It was nice to be part of that moment.”

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Joe and Anthony Russo’s next few movies has see them move away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as they produced the action movie Extraction, which has just been released on Netflix, while their next directorial effort Cherry revolves around an Army medic struggling with PTSD that starts robbing banks to pay for his drug addiction.