On the eve of Avengers: Endgame, let’s call this Avengers: Pregame. San Diego Comic Con, July 2007. This is when we began the promotion for the first Iron Man movie for it’s release the following May. Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau signed at the Marvel booth (first in over 10 years, thanks to the help of Michael D’Alessio) when our premium signing area was a table on the floor with a banner as the backdrop. Tim Dillon and I acted as “Security” for the two of them during the signing with the only thing separating Downey and Favreau from the aisle and fans walking by, was the two of us and that banner.
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Towards the end of the signing, RDJ flipped his sharpie in the air and said, “I’m hungry,” and walked off into the crowd by himself…alone…with no security. It’s amazing how much has changed in 12 years. At the time, the general public had never heard of Marvel and Iron Man was either a Black Sabbath song or a triathlon. Now, Marvel is a household name globally and an Avengers film is not a movie, it’s the worldwide cultural event. It wasn’t just improbable, it was impossible, to imagine that any of this could happen. Ups and downs, highs, and lows, good and bad, it’s been an insane ride and one I’ll never forget. Whatever it took.
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So happy that you were able to be part of this universe! Thank you for bringing us to the Age of Ultron red carpet premiere in Hollywood!!! Such an awesome experience, never would have got to do that if not for you!!! Can’t wait for End Game!!Thing is ,this all started for you when you were prob 8 yrs old. Riding down to 7/11 on our bikes so you could get your comics, the car rides over to Fat Jacks ! This is Marvel Avengers The first ten years shirt. This has been your passion and a dream since you were a little boy.
Throughout the yrs, the pics and stories you have shared w us , and like Gar said, for including us on the red carpet at Age of Ultron, to standing nxt to Paul Rudd , Chris Hemsworth, and Anthony Mackie at a bar at an after party was so surreal!! Truly a wknd I will never forget!! What you have helped create , is now something I share w my own sons. Here’s to the nxt phase, and 20 more yrs of Marvel keeping the lil boy in all of us still alive! Congrats my friend!! What an unbelievable accomplishment. All the hard work n dedication u put in should be commended. I might not understand all this comic stuff. I do support ur work.