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For all of the special appearances that were had by folks just passing through Avengers: Endgame, there’s one that’s such a deep cut, no one’s really talking about it. That is, unless you’re a fantasy football player, and you happen to be a huge fan of ESPN. In which case, internet expert/sports fiend Matthew Berry’s cameo during the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest adventure at the movies.
Matthew Berry’s role as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent flanking Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce came about through some interesting circumstances, which he described as follows:
It happened through the grace of Joe Russo. He’s been reading my column for years and he’s a big fantasy football player. And about two years ago he gave me a call and said ‘Hey man, I got a part that I think is perfect for you if you want to be in the movie’. And I was like ‘Yeah of course,’ obviously.
Present during the scene where Avengers: Endgame revisited the Battle of New York, Matthew Berry’s character was seen in the segment of the Time Heist, with Tony Stark witnessing the previously untold story of how Alexander Pierce and his cronies on the STRIKE team tried to recover the Tesseract and Loki’s scepter for their own evil gains. Though, based on the details that Berry gave about his time shooting his cameo, that was something that even he didn’t know at the time.
As he spoke with io9, Matthew Berry gave the details on how even the few pages of the Avengers: Endgame script he was given were very confusing, as this scene was actually shot before Avengers: Infinity War was even released, much less seen by the public. So with a script that includes characters like Alexander Pierce, Captain America, and “Other Tony,” the words being provided were lacking more than a little context. Though, Berry’s lucky he wasn’t given a fake script to protect the secrets in his portion of the film.
Still, acting in a scene with Robert Redford, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr. proved to be a dream for Matthew Berry. Though that dream was more of a nightmare when Berry had to bury the details of his involvement in his mind for two whole years, as he had to wait for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame to be released before he said anything. And you thought waiting two weeks to share spoilers was hard!
It’s amazing how just as you think you’re getting over the unexpected cameos of a film like Avengers: Endgame, there are even more surprises that are waiting to be discovered. With Matthew Berry’s involvement now known, it’s easy to think about whether or not more figures of note are hidden somewhere in the film’s cast roster.
Just to be sure, we’ll probably head out to see Avengers: Endgame again, as it’s currently in theatrical release. However, if you’re curious as to what else is headed to theaters this weekend, feel free to read through our 2019 release schedule to find your next adventure.