THE AVENGERS Cast Talks About Their Characters

     February 28, 2012


Earlier today, we brought you the brand new poster for The Avengers that showed all of our favorite superheroes hanging out in the middle of the street like commonfolk. The new trailer hits tomorrow, and Marvel is really ramping up the marketing for the film given that its release is only a few months away. The entire main cast recently sat down to briefly talk about each of their characters and provided some insights into what we can expect from the film.

Hit the jump to see what everyone had to say, and be sure to check back here tomorrow morning for the new trailer. The Avengers opens in 3D on May 4th.

EW spoke with each of the actors regarding their respective characters in the movie, and Robert Downey Jr. revealed that he’s trying to stick to the Iron Man that we saw in the character’s first two movies:

“I’m still trying to, without moving backwards, remember the character that [Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director] Jon Favreau and I created, and be true to that.”

The actor went on to talk about how elaborate Marvel’s plan leading up to The Avengers has been, pointing out a couple of discrepancies along the way:

“In one teaser I say, ‘I’m putting a team together,’ and in the other one I’m like, ‘What do you mean I can’t join the team?’ But aside from that, it kind of really tracks through.”

As for The Hulk, Mark Ruffalo says his approach to the character is like going on a binger and waking up the next morning to “Oh God, what did I do?” It’s actually a pretty nice correlation and one that makes sense when playing the big green guy. He described where we find Bruce Banner at the beginning of The Avengers:

“[Banner] starts like he’s sober in a weird way. He’s started a whole new life when we find him, and it’s cool.”

avengers-movie-image-chris-evans-robert-downey-jrChris Evans says the culture shock is definitely an issue for Captain America, as he describes the character as “lonely” in the film:

“Rogers is kind of defined by is his morals and values. In the ‘40s there was much more of value on those things. Things are a little more impersonal these days. It just lends itself to his sense of isolation.”

Also, pretty much everyone he knows is dead, so that might be a little upsetting. With Thor, our only supernatural hero in the bunch, Chris Hemsworth says we find the character a bit more grown-up than he was in Thor:

“There’s a maturity to the character because of the journey he went on, certainly. He was a petulant sort of kid at the beginning of Thor, and by the end of it hopefully you walk away thinking that he is matured and there was a grounded quality to him that wasn’t there before.”

We don’t have to wait long before we see how all these characters interact on the big screen. I’m interested to see how Joss Whedon deals with an ensemble made up of characters that can each carry their own movie. It’s sounding more and more like Captain America will be the sort of default protagonist here, which I think is a smart way to go. Head over to EW to check out the rest of what the aforementioned actors had to say about their characters, as well as comments from Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson.


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