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Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Star-Studded Press Conference

Paul Bettany with Chadwick Boseman looking on Avengers Infinity war press conference

What do you get when you put two dozen mega stars in one room to talk about their new movie together, only no one’s allowed to give anything away because the movie hasn’t been seen yet?

You get the Marvel Avengers: Infinity War press conference held Sunday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. It was an entertaining afternoon to be sure, but we know nothing more about the movie than you do. We’ll all have to wait until opening day.

Avengers Infinity War with Thanos Hand

Hosted by Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), dubbed “one of our National Treasures” by Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), the press conference was run like a strange Bingo game. Goldblum would spin a giant hopper and pull out a ping pong ball with an actor’s name on it, then call on someone from the media in the audience to ask a question of that person, all the while behaving as goofy and adorable as you might imagine.

Jeff Goldblum at Avengers Infinity war press conference

Jeff Goldblum reading a ping pong ball

Avengers Infinity war cast at Press conference

Big reveal – the dozens of cast members were behind a curtain at the Avengers: Infinity War press conference

There was method to the madness of the Bingo game, because it meant everybody was asked a question, which of course seemed the only fair way to ensure that Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), or Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) didn’t get all the attention.

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Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) not telling any secrets – with Robert Downey, Jr (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Zoe Saldana (Gamora) and Tom Hiddelston (Loki)

Although, as previously mentioned, even when the stars were asked questions about the movie, their answers were either purposefully vague so as not to give anything away, or delightfully off-topic, as when Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) answered his question by talking about Bass fishing, apparently a sport he enjoys this time of year. Not relevant to the Avengers movies at all, but hey? What’s a guy to do when his boss (Producer Kevin Feige) was sitting nearby, all but preventing him from speaking.

Paul Bettany (Vision) had apparently received the “Don’t say a word” memo as well, so shared this warning with his fellow cast members: “Snitches end up in ditches.”

Paul Bettany with Chadwick Boseman looking on Avengers Infinity war press conference

Paul Bettany (Vision) knows what happens to snitches…

So what’s a cast member to do if they can’t dish about all the plot twists and nerd fan delights in the highly-anticipated comic-book movie? There’s always fashion.

Or in the case of Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), not so much.

Ms. Johansson took some offense at being asked a question about the fashion trends in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was certainly understandable, especially given that, as she stated, her character has “worn a leather jumpsuit for the past 10 years. Oh wait – I got a new vest in this film.”

Dave Bautista (Drax), for his part, chimed in wishing his character could have a new vest, but that it was not possible “…because apparently I have sensitive nipples!”

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Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) talking without answering a question

It’s hard to find more crowd-pleasing banter than that, and although we know nothing about the plot of the film, we are pretty sure the cast and crew had a terrific time making Avengers: Infinity War.

Chris Hemsworth and Paul Bettany with Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie in background Avengers Infinity war press conference

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Paul Bettany (Vision) with Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) in background

Marvel Avengers: Infinity War opens in theaters April 27th and is rated PG-13.

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Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com.

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