After more than a decade and 23 films, the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe culminated in Avengers: Endgame, a monumental creative achievement that also managed to displace Avatar as the highest-grossing film in box office history. The success of the latest Avengers film was in no small part due to the talents of directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
The brothers posted their thanks to one of the figures that inspired them to become filmmakers, director James Cameron, over on Instagram. Joe and Anthony Russo posted a series of pictures featuring stills from several of James Cameron's most successful films, including The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic and, of course, Avatar, all framed in a silhouetted theater with two figures collectively gasping, "holy sh*t." The caption, addressed to Cameron, reads: "You're a monumental reason why we fell in love with film in the first place."
This post is a response to a tweet from the official Avatar account, which congratulated Avengers: Endgame and humbly accepted the 2009 film's new position as the second-highest grossing film in history after a decade of being at the top, having earned $2.78 billion at the box office. Avengers: Endgame recently surpassed that with its worldwide gross earnings of $2.79 billion, thanks in part to a re-release.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is set for release on Digital HD on July 30 and Blu-ray and 4K UHD on Aug. 13.