THE AVENGERS - Actors Discuss Fun Details About Their Characters

Looks like this will be a big news week for The Avengers. Today a new movie poster was unveiled for the film, and on Wednesday we are going to get another new trailer, which I can't wait to see! Hopefully it ends up blowing us away like the Super Bowl spot that Marvel previously released.

Oh, by the way! The new poster above is an International UK poster, and the name of the movie has been changed in the UK to Avengers Assemble for some reason.

We now bring you a nice little collection of interviews from the actors that are starring in the film as they go into a bit of details about the characters they play. The interviews were conducted by Entertainment Weekly and you can see what they all had to say below...

Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man:

He's trying to keep the character that he and Jon Favreau created in in Iron Man I and II.

"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."

It’s also important to be true to the original Marvel Comics history, but Downey acknowledges that they’ve had to streamline their vision over the years as the possibility of this movie loomed.

"Avengers has always been this kind of hovering [thing]. Is it really possible? I just think that it was an incredibly ambitious notion, and looking back at Marvel and their fledgling years, they always had a vision of this … although not entirely accurately.”

Downey laughs: “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.”

Chris Hemsworth on Thor:

The Avengers are all misfits.

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.

There are certainly moments where Thor says things and there’s a sideways glance from everybody: ‘What the hell is this guy talking about?’

He’s not quite the odd one out as much as he was in Thor. These guys … one of them wears an iron suit, one of them turns into a big, green monster. They all have these crazy personalities, and alter egos. They’re misfits, and that’s how they fit, in a funny way.

Chris Evans on Captain America:

Cap's a lonely soul.

“I don’t want to ruin anything, but the few people [Steve Rogers knew] who may be alive are probably in their 80’s, and for the most part, everyone is gone. He never had much family before, but anyone he could possibly consider close has gone by the wayside.” 

If there’s one word that describes Cap in The Avengers, Evans says it would be “lonely.” 

“Who does he have in the world? Nobody, 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.”

Mark Ruffalo on The Hulk:

Banner has an addiction problem.

Ruffalo says Banner is a reluctant part of the team, and said his metamorphosis is as painful to the character as an addiction problem – even if he can sometimes be used for good. 

“The rage is something that is like going on a binger — you wake up after a blackout and you did all this f—ed up shit. Oh God, what did I do? And so we were talking about it like that, actually. 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. Things don’t stay that way, of course."

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye:

The lone warrior.

One of just a few regular humans on The Avengers team, the superpower possessed by Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is simply innate: He has a natural skill as a sharpshooter. The bow and arrow is his weapon of choice.

“I’m on such the periphery. By nature of being a sniper on top of a building, the behavior of a sniper is a loner. He gets a call and comes and does his thing.”

Scarlett Johansson on Black Widow:

You don't want to touch her because she's deadly sexy.

Johansson said that while Black Widow tries to be just another member of the team, the actress was aware of being the lone female in a cast full of boys.

“Occasionally it does come up where I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’m the only girl in a group of 15 stunt men and seven cast,’ But I’m hanging in there. It’s fun.”

“The Widow has no time for romance. She’s a lover of all things. She has a love/hate relationship with I think everyone she meets in some way.” 

Those intimidating qualities are key to the character’s appeal. “Part of what makes her sexy is she takes no prisoners. You wouldn’t grab her for a big old bear hug.“

What do you all think about what the actors had to say about their characters? 

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