Alright, so maybe half of Hollywood will be able to say they were part of the MCU at one point or the other by the time Marvel Studios has completely devised its masterplan on screen. That said, only a large handful got to witness the phenomenon that became Avengers: Endgame on set – including Guardians of the Galaxy’s Sean Gunn, who played double duty as Kraglin and the on-set Rocket.
My favorite thing was watching cast members talk about what it was like to be where the other one was. I enjoyed hearing Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson talk to Brie Larson about what it’s like getting used to your costume, and how it's tricky and how to navigate learning how to move in a new situation like that. I love that kind of thing more than anything. And I loved watching the older directors talk to the new directors that are coming in and and seeing that. There's a passing of the torch that I really enjoy.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall of Endgame! Sean Gunn got to be around the big Avengers stars and filmmakers during the shooting of the last two epics by the Russos. As he explained, what sticks with him is seeing the original Avengers talking to newbies such as Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and seeing them bond over the experience, such as those pesky superhero suits.
Brie Larson found herself in a unique position on the set of Endgame because it was her first time playing Carol Danvers, but it would be her second appearance when it hit theaters. Luckily, it must have been a fun experience to be inducted into the MCU family with Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow and such to show her the ropes of the job.
The Captain Marvel writer/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck had to be given the script of Endgame to make sure it fit the origin story they wanted to tell. It was a strange and unique process, and they got to visit the set as well before shooting Captain Marvel as indie filmmakers who previously worked on Half Nelson and It’s Kind of a Funny Story.
Sean Gunn continued to share the scope of being on set of Endgame. Here’s what he said:
It was crazy. For me, being there amongst all these great actors that I've seen in every one of the movies, so I was there on set for what we called “the wedding scene” and then the primary battle if the end of both movies actually. There are just so many incredible actors there that I think some part of me knew that this would never happen again in my career. I'm not going to look 20 years down the road and say, ‘Oh, this reminds me of Endgame.’ I’m just not going to have that. So I tried to remind myself as regularly as possible to take it in, experience it and recognize that I'm really able to be part of something special right now. I did that as much as I could, but it was wild.
The actor knew full well how rare his moments on Endgame were. Just how often is a decade+ of 22 movies about superheroes going to culminate in a massive battle and funeral filled with talent such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Paul Rudd, etc. Probably never. Take a look at Sean Gunn on set during filming with all his star-studded co-stars.
Wild indeed! While Sean Gunn sarcastically quips that he’s definitely “the most famous person here,” everyone in that room was part of history. Not only is Avengers: Endgame the MCU’s most successful film, it's also the highest-grossing movie of all time. Heck, people were lined up at a Best Buy to meet him in an age where digital releases reign, since Endgame is now available to own on Blu-ray!