Main cast members of highly anticipated superhero film "The Avengers" have revealed details about their superhero character in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly. Among the actors who appear in the cover story interview are Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.
Of his Iron Man role in the upcoming movie, Downey Jr. said, "Well, I [told director Joss Whedon], 'I need to be in the opening sequence. I don't know what you're thinking, but Tony needs to drive this thing.' He was like, 'Okay, let's try that.' "
"We tried it and it didn't work, because this is a different sort of thing, the story and the idea and the theme is the theme, and everybody is just an arm of the octopus," he added. "But what was I like? As usual, just f***ing aggressive and hurtful. Whatever. The usual."
Evans, meanwhile, gushed about the darker and more cynical side of Captain America. He said, "It's just about him trying to come to terms with the modern world. You've got to imagine, it's enough of a shock to accept the fact that you're in a completely different time, but everybody you know is dead. Everybody you cared about."
"He was a soldier, obviously, everybody he went to battle with, all of his brothers in arms, they're all dead. He's just lonely," the actor continued on. "I think in the beginning it's a fish out of water scene, and it's tough. It's a tough pill for him to swallow. Then comes trying to find a balance with the modern world."
Of Thor's continuous battle with his adopted sibling Loki, Hemsworth said, "I think [Thor's] motivation is much more of a personal one, in the sense that it's his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, it's some bad guy who they've gotta take down. It's a different approach for me, or for Thor."
"He's constantly having to battle the greater good and what he should do versus it's his little brother there. I've been frustrated with my brothers at times, or family, but I'm the only one who is allowed to be angry at them. There's a bit of that," so he said.
Ruffalo, on the other hand, dished on Bruce Banner a.k.a The Hulk's relationship with Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man. He explained, "He's the most guy, but a total loose cannon. No one wants to set him off except for Iron Man, except for Downey, who just wants to see him pop. It's funny, there's a really cool dynamic between Tony Stark and Banner. Banner actually enjoys it, and finds it really refreshing."
"They're a lot alike in a strange way. They're both these kind of scientists who are mavericks, kind of renegades. Banner, for all his mild-mannered mythology, he's still the dude who was testing some pretty crazy s*** on himself, so he has that rebel streak in him."
Additionally, Johansson talked about her Black Widow character. "The other day we were doing this big reveal shot of all 'The Avengers'. Thor has got his hammer, Cap's got his shield, Hawkeye has his bow and arrow, and Hulk is huge. Then it pans over to me and I've got guns. Iron Man's like, hovering above all of us, ready to go," she said. "I was like, 'Joss, do I look okay holding these guns?' And he said 'She's a total bad***. She's a killing machine'."
Renner, meanwhile, explained about his Hawkeye character by saying, "The only sort of thing I cling to is the relationship of past experiences with Scarlett's character, with them both being human. I can cling to that. [But he's not insecure about not having super powers.] Quite the opposite. He's the only one who can really take down The Hulk with his tranq tip arrows. He knows his limitations, but when it comes down to it, there has to be a sense of confidence in any superhero."
About the relationship between each character, Renner gushed, "Just because they're super heroes doesn't mean they're super friends." Whedon himself added that the cast members have a good relationship with each other. He said, "I was like, well, if they hate each other, I guess we can use that. But they don't."
Slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 4, 2012, "The Avengers" will bring together Marvel Comics' famous superhero characters as they team up to fight the biggest foes no single hero could withstand. The movie also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard and Cobie Smulders.