‘Avengers: Endgame’ premiere: Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. get choked up onstage

LOS ANGELES – At the “Avengers: Endgame” world premiere, the macho thing to do was sob.

The film, a culmination of 20-some Marvel movies about idiosyncratic heroes with super suits, super serum, super strength, super combat moves and super archery skills; screened Monday night to a sentimental audience. There were cheers, and there were sniffles.

“I cried like six times,” Captain America actor Chris Evans said from the stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “I cried, I think, more than six times,” “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth said, adding, “I love every single one of you.”

At the enormous venue usually reserved for car shows and pharmaceutical conventions, a purple carpet encircled a Hulk-sized rotating Avengers “A.” Marvel faithful walked the Thanos-colored carpet and stopped in the bathroom before embarking on the three-hour movie, which at times had viewers so quiet you could hear a cough from across the room. Finally, there was a standing ovation when dozens of actors took the stage.

Robert Downey Jr., middle, doesn't say much at the "Avengers: Endgame" premiere, but he shows his pride with a raised fist. Chris Evans, left, admits that he didn't get through the movie with dry eyes. (Photo: Jesse Grant, Getty Images for Disney)

Post-screening, directors Joe and Anthony Russo thanked the cast, the cast acknowledged Marvel president Kevin Feige, who celebrated the fans. It was an Avengers-logo-shaped circle of gratitude where even Robert Downey Jr., the actor who kicked off the franchise as tech-savvy billionaire Tony Stark, and has since become the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ad hoc MC for events like these, seemed too choked up for words.

“I’m just gonna say: I love you times 3,000,” he told the crowd, more than a decade since his 2008 film “Iron Man” debuted in theaters and ignited the superhero movie genre.

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Back when that first movie came out, “We didn’t know how people were going to react and whether or not Marvel was going to continue making movies,” says “Endgame” executive producer Trinh Tran, who served as assistant to the head of post production on “Iron Man.”

“We’re standing here, over ten years later, and there’s such a huge excitement over wanting to watch this movie and having everyone embrace it,” she says.

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