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With only 31 days and few odd hours to go, Joss Whedon‘s epic movie about earths mightiest heroes has a mighty and epic hype machine behind it. Each day a flurry of tidbits hit the net about The Avengers, so we’ve taken out the hassle of you going to all those websites and reading all those words by rounding up the high points. Ain’t we nice? After the jump we’ve got Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth breaking down the Thor/Loki relationship, Kevin Fiege hints about the future, Whedon talks about the now and a even the low down on how you can check the movie out FOR FREE!
One of the big things Marvel Studios is doing right with their movies is each one has laid a path for the next. From the Samuel Jackson/Nick Fury cameos to the slow progress of an interconnected story arc. So what’s next? Marvel Studios Head Honcho dropped a few hints. [via CBM]
Q: So “Avengers 2” is 2015? If we’re piecing together the last five minutes of this conversation. I mean, is there a framework, you call it “Avengers, Part I” is there a framework you feel that you guys want to turn it to maybe a trilogy or…?
Feige: “It’s like managing any franchise. Two to three years usually is what makes the most sense. Depending what happens, it can be four years, but two to three years.”
He also peeled back the veil and let us in on what we can see in Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2.
So the story that Shane is developing now on “Iron Man 3,” while it does not avoid any references to “The Avengers,” is very much Tony is back in his world with his players dealing with his issues and is not going to pick up the phone and call Thor or Captain America or anything like that, necessarily. It’s not that won’t happen down the line. It could. But particularly with “Iron Man 3,” year after “The Avengers,” it’s more about getting Tony back into his world.”
“Frankly, I think S.H.I.E.L.D. would be most relevant in a Cap sequel, because Thor has nine worlds to traverse and many, many supporting players and Iron Man has his supporting cast and many villains and plotlines to go through and Steve in the modern world sorta doesn’t have an anchor and the anchor we’re establishing in this one is S.H.I.E.L.D.. It’s early days on “Cap 2,” nobody’s counting those chickens yet, but maybe there’s some connection there.
I’m very ok with the next installment of the Iron Man franchise being apart from the Avengers. He’s the strongest character of the lot and my one worry about the Marvel Universe movies as a whole is they will eventually get crushed under the weight of forced cameos and shoehorning everything together to ‘fit’.
On the set of The Avengers, Superherohype had chance to talk to the man himself. They have a rather expansive interview with Whedon up and it is well worth the read. Whedon recalls what first sitting down to write the movie was like.
It started out basically with Kevin (Feige) and Jeremy telling me “We know the basic structure of how they come together, what works, what doesn’t work, and how we see the climax,” which was nice, because he gave me a basic skeleton of three acts that I knew I had to hang on and then it was just a question of “How do I get there? How do I earn that? What moments would cause these people to be in that situation?” I’m very fierce about making sure that everything is motivated, that nothing is by chance or misunderstanding or coincidence or something like if people are going to fight or face a conflict or an enemy it has to be internal, it has to be because of something they believe and something they’ve done as opposed to “And now we clock this fight. And now check that box.” The whole thing was to avoid that and I had the luxury of having taken the job and then spending two weeks off in Australia just thinking of moments, just thinking of that moment, that scene, “Oh, this is what this person would say.” I wrote more St. Crispin’s Day speeches for Captain you can shake a rattle at, none of which I think are in the film. I wrote monologues for all the characters and long scenes for all of them, bits of which wormed their way back in and many of which fell by the wayside, but all of which informed the characters. I just got to live in that free-floating space for a while. In fact I lived in the free floating space for so long that I’m still writing the script, so next time I’ll think that one through, but yeah it all comes from “Wouldn’t it be beautiful to hear this from Hawkeye or to hear this from the Black Widow?”
Like I said above, the whole interview is a must read. Check it out here.
In The Avengers, Loki steps up from just a Thor villain to a threat to a team of heroes. Actor Tom Hiddleston talks about what it was like to learn that he would be the movies big bad guy.
“Towards the end of the production of ‘Thor,’ Joss Whedon was coming into Marvel Studios a lot because he was writing ‘The Avengers’ screenplay and he asked me to go out for tea. We were sitting in a coffee shop in Santa Monica and he said, ‘So, here’s the thing, Tom. There’s a lot of talk about multiple villains in the film and I don’t want any of that. I want Loki to be the bad guy.’ After I picked my jaw off the floor, I did back flips in the tea room and then we just talked for hours about who Loki was and what his motivations were and the kind of spiritual damage that was at the heart of the character as well as the delight he takes in being a mischievous trickster and an agent of chaos.”
As for the trickster gods relationship with his estranged brother, Thor? Chris Hemsworth let’s us know where the siblings stand now.
“In ‘The Avengers,’ Thor begins as a noble warrior with the right intentions. All of that and then some is tested as he must contemplate what’s more important, his personal relationship with his brother or the team he’s has agreed to fight with? It’s a very difficult decision because he feels maybe there’s still some good in Loki behind all of the misguided evil. I really loved working on ‘Thor’ with Tom because we had so much time to develop our relationship. To come back and work with him again is so familiar. With everyone else, they’re all incredible actors, but you’ve got to find that rapport and build it. With Tom, we know each other’s rhythms and can just get into it.”
“Loki feels inferior and rejected by his brother, so I think the relationship between the two of them is palpable and strong,” explains Hiddleston. “Thor’s innately noble spirit recognizes a glimmer of redemption for Loki. That dynamic between Thor and Loki is the engine that propels their emotional journey and keeps that story interesting. You never quite trust Loki and you can’t quite pin him down.”
With a final thought on Loki graduating from nuisance to menace, director/writer Whedon explains the path it took
“Initially I was worried that Loki was known for being a trickster, even though he is stronger than most of The Avengers, a lot of time was spent building up the character to show how strong and dangerous he was, but at the end of the day, what makes it work is Tom Hiddleston. He really breathes life into the character and gets to be more of the classic Loki character from the comics than he got to be in ‘Thor,’ where he had a very poignant and beautiful arc.”
Over at the films official Facebook page you have a chance to win an advance screening of the Avengers, for free, for your whole city! Now, before you call the mayor demanding a ticker tape parade in your honor, you’ll have to compete to get your city one of the 5 to receive the screenings. If your city has the most fans, you win.
Early screenings have already been announced for Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Houston and Miami on April 14, nearly three weeks before the film’s May 4 U.S. debut. Admission will be free, first-come, first-served.
To close everything off, how about the latest TV spot, ominously titled “We are At War” [Via Cinema Blend]