'Avengers: Endgame': Photos of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Original Cast at Their First Marvel Premieres

On Thursday, actors charged with the responsibility of bringing beloved Marvel Studios characters to the big screen will walk the red carpet of the world premiere of Avengers: Endgame. For some, the journey to the “grand conclusion,” as the studio put it, began almost a decade ago with their first premiere.

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

The inaugural movie in the Marvel series was Iron Man featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, who later becomes the titular hero. It was directed by Jon Favreau and premiered in May 2008 in the United States and made about $98.6 million in the opening weekend, according to IMDB.

Robert downey jr iron man premiere 1 Actor Robert Downey Jr. poses at the premiere of his new film "Iron Man" in Sydney on April 14, 2008. ANOEK DE GROOT/AFP/Getty Images

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts

Pepper Potts, portrayed by actor Gwyneth Paltrow, also joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008. As Tony Stark’s girlfriend and the executive of Stark Industries, Potts plays a recurring role in Iron Man's story. However, after Avengers: Endgame, she told Variety she’ll be retiring the part.

“I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point,” Paltrow told Variety. “I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it. I was friends with Jon Favreau. It was such a wonderful experience making the first Iron Man and then to watch how important it has become to the fans.”

gwyneth paltrow pepper potts avengers endgame iron man 2 Audi's Scott Keogh, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Audi's Lothar Korn at The Los Angeles Premiere of Iron Man held at The Chinese Theater on April 30, 2008, in Hollywood. Alexandra Wyman/WireImage

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

In Iron Man 2, the third film in the Marvel series, fans got their first look at Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Premiering in 2010, she was the lone female figure among the male heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A talented spy and assassin, fans speculated Black Widow would get her own film in 2020 because the studio has an “untitled film” slated to be released.

Iron Man 2 exceeded the box office sales of its predecessor and IMDB reported it made about $128.1 million in its opening weekend in the United States.

scarlett johansson black widow iron man 2 avengers endgame Actress Scarlett Johansson and Director/Executive Producer Jon Favreau pose in front of an Audi at the "Iron Man 2" World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on April 26, 2010, in Hollywood. John Shearer/WireImage

Chris Hemsworth as Thor

In 2011, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) left Asgard to fulfill his destiny of becoming one of Earth’s greatest defenders. Debuting in America in May, the film made about $65.7 million in its opening weekend, according to IMDB.

Chris Hemsworth Thor Avengers Endgame Premiere Actor Chris Hemsworth arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Thor" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 2, 2011, in Hollywood. Lester Cohen/WireImage

Chris Evans as Captain America

Chris Evans brought the character of Captain America to the big screen for the first time in 2011. The film, Captain America: The First Avenger, told the story of rejected military soldier, Steve Rogers, transforming into Captain America and attempting to destroy a warmonger and terrorist organization. In its opening weekend in the United States, it made about $65 million, as reported by IMDB.

Chris Evans Captain America Avengers Endgame Actor Chris Evans attends the "Captain America: The First Avenger" Los Angeles Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on July 19, 2011, in Hollywood. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk

Technically, the character of The Hulk first debuted in 2008 in the second Marvel film, The Incredible Hulk. However, Edward Norton, the actor who originally played The Hulk, was replaced with Mark Ruffalo, who first portrayed the character in 2012's The Avengers.

mark ruffalo the hulk avengers endgame premiere Actor Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Ruffalo arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of "The Avengers" at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012, in Hollywood. Barry King/FilmMagic

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye

An expert marksman and fighter portrayed by actor Jeremy Renner, Hawkeye was responsible for bringing Black Widow to the Avengers side. First seen in The Avengers, the film, which also included Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Black Widow made over $207 million in its opening weekend in the United States, as reported by IMDB.

Jeremy Renner the avengers endgame hawkeye Actor Jeremy Renner arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012, in Hollywood. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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