Robert Downey Jr. attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel Studios Doctor Strange. Lionel Hahn/TNS
SEOUL: It was back in 2008 that Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. starred in the "Iron Man" — the movie that got the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) rolling. He might not return to MCU after their forthcoming film "Avengers: Endgame", but all he has to say is "don't give up, keep going."
Sporting a black suit with chic boots, RDJ hit the stage here on Monday along with his "Avengers: Endgame" co-stars Brie Larson and Jeremy Renner as well as directors Joe and Anthony Russo and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige amidst thousands of young fans dressed up as Marvel superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America.
"This is nuts," Downey Jr. said looking at his admirers.
Ahead of the event, fans in Seoul were asked to write down what they would like to hear from the Avengers team. The three actors picked one message each and read out on Monday.
RDJ picked: "Don't give up. Keep going."
"Everyday feels like a team. There are moments in ...'Endgame' where we are all together led by Robert Downey Jr. Whenever he is on set, we feel like the Avengers.
This made many people emotional as it comes amidst rumours about his exit from MCU.
On being a team, Feige said: "Everyday feels like a team. There are moments in '...Endgame where we are all together led by Robert Downey Jr. who has been the leader of the team for 10 years. Whenever he is on set, we feel like the Avengers."
Downey Jr. also joked about going around various Korean theatres in disguise after the film hits the screens later this month.
"You will see me out there. I'll be trying to steal your popcorn," he said.
But after the fans thanked the team by putting up "A" glow sticks together, he and the others got emotional. Larson, who looked no less than a Barbie in a sleeveless figure-hugging blue gown with pink ruffle at the hem, got all teary-eyed.
For a thank you video, thousands of fans had even submitted videos of them in the superheroes' costumes or enacting scenes from their movies or playing the theme song.
Downey Jr. also reciprocated by putting out a thank you video. Before he bid adieu, he got on stage one last time and said: "I just want to say that from 2008 to this moment, the universe has expanded and my and Jon Favreau's first trip here was to..it was really when we felt that we had a chance at continuity...so, I didn't want to leave without coming back and saying...
"I know that most of you were young when the first time we came here, and now I see you all growing up into fine men and women. I just want to say I am proud of you and I am very grateful," the 54-year-old star said.
"Avengers: Endgame", the 22nd film of MCU, will be the end of an era that revolved around Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America, among others.
Indo-Asian News Service
The two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, will star in the new staging of Meredith Willson’s beloved classic, alongside Hugh Jackman.
The 'Pride and Prejudice' actress stars in new WWII movie 'The Aftermath' alongside Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgård.
Amidst divorce rumours, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas attended her first Jonas Brothers concert in Atlanta and called it "incredible".
Abu Dhabi University (ADU) celebrated the winners of the fifth edition of the ‘Art for Autism’ competition, an annual contest organized by ADU’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The awards ceremony was held at the University's main campus in Abu Dhabi on 24 April in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.
One of the most collected Indian artists, 1935-born A. Ramachandran is known for two distinct styles of work during his over five decades of artistic career, one characterised by politics and anger, and the second by colour, life and nature. His styles and work come together in an upcoming retrospective.
West's Sunday Service was not a traditional Kanye West concert; it was a spiritual, had-to-be-there experience fashioned like a new-age Baptist church revival.
Brazilian retailer Magazine Luiza on Tuesday announced it would start selling physical books online for pickup in its chain comprised of almost 1,000 stores, using its national footprint to compete with traditional booksellers and Amazon.com Inc.