Your ‘The Avengers’ News Round-Up: New Pics, Word On The Sequel, And Two Other Things

- 03-09-12Comics, Film Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

We are 55 days away from the release of Joss Whedon‘s epic movie about earths mightiest heroes. The Avengers hits screens all over North America on May 4th. The hype is building and the stream of news isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Yes, we are about to dump a few more tidbits of info about the movie and yes they are a little spoilery in places.

You have been warned. Hit the jump for more.

Tom Hiddleston recently talked with SFX Magazine about playing the movies villain Loki and gave some insights into whats going on under that horned helmet. The God of Mischief has apparently grown and evolved since Thor and no longer just a villain for the God of Thunder but a formidable foe for the whole team.

“There is a personal engine but it’s behind a degree of megalomania. When you see Loki let go of that spear at the end of Thor, he lets go of Asgard, he lets go of Asgard and his need for that place and his attachment and need for the affection and respect of Odin and his brother. As he disappears in that wormhole, that’s a literal way of saying, “I’m done. Asgard is gone and I have other things to do.” At the beginning of The Avengers, you see the beginnings of what Loki is planning and if he doesn’t belong in Asgard, where might he belong? In that tragic place of confusion of “Where do I belong in this universe?” Loki’s answer is “I will make myself belong”, which dark and menacing and dangerous.

“I think Loki is very flexible and adaptable to the present context. With each Avenger, he faces a different threat, a different strategy and methodology. Some pose more of a threat than others in his mind, but they all have their own unique superpowers. I say it’s like tennis. You’ll never play the same game of tennis with a new and different opponent. The magic happens in the space between you, not just with the characters but the actors too.”

Speaking of Loki, a couple of new scans popped up on CBM. One featuring Loki and Captain America (Chris Evans) facing off the other, Thor being all thorry.

Now, of course Iron Man and friends are in the spotlight, but let’s no forget that S.H.E.I.L.D. will also have a nice slice of screen time. TV’s Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) plays Agent Maria Hill and told SFX Magazine about what happens on the Helicarrier. Hint, it involves Nick Fury and Black Widow.

How was it working with Joss Whedon?
It was everything they said it would be. I’ve wanted to work with Joss for a long time now. I auditioned and then he saw the tape and I was brought in to screen test with him. I somehow convined him to give me the part.

Do you get to bond with Black Widow much?
There’s not a lot of female bonding because of the central story. I’d like to think behind the scenes they were really good pals like the guys in the locker room. (mind out of gutter)

What was your approach to creating Maria Hill?
I said to Joss and Marvel,”How would you like this to be done and I will try to do that to the best of my abilities.'” I wanted to bring out the things in her personality in the comic books that I liked, which was similar to what they had envisioned.

What is Maria Hill’s relationship with Nick Fury?
Maria Hill has an interesting relationship with Nick at the beginning. She really follows the rules and has a certain mentality when it comes to the way that she gets things done. I don’t think she necessarily agrees with Fury so there’s a lot of head-butting throughout the film as that relationship changes.

Interesting. Can’t say I really know who the character is off the top of my head and I will admit the thought of another character that needs some screen time to develop is troublesome. We have a lot of people to see in two hours, this movie is going to be pretty damn thick and chunky if they are giving any of the characters their due.

On that same train of thought, Joss Wheadon sounds like he knows the movie is big and broad. He told SFX that the next Avengers movie needs to be ‘smaller’ and ‘more personal’ and that it won’t just rehash the first one, that it will move forward.  His philosophy on how to top the first one?

“By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful.  By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”

He also address the whole screen time issue for the characters, he says that he has given, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk, enough screen time to see “what makes them awesome”.

“I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight – and ultimately, what makes them awesome,” he explained. “I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.”

Well, we’ll see how the first one goes on the 4th of May. For my money, I think Mr. Whedon will give us what we want. I freakin awesome movie.

Oh yea, the other thing… he’s Whedon talking about Iron Man suits, Enjoy!

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