From Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures comes “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the most highly anticipated movie event of the year.
Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answer the call to action when Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security.
Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the Super Heroes to work with, not against each other, when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.
Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders also join the talented cast in bringing the world’s mightiest Super Heroes together on screen for the first time.
Joss Whedon speaks about the type of movie he wanted to make and the problem he had with the cast.
How it all began
With the successful launching of the “Iron Man” franchise in 2008, the first hints for what would be Marvel’s most ambitious new franchise to date began to surface— bringing together its beloved characters in one film for “The Avengers,” the holy grail of the Marvel Universe.
The idea for “The Avengers” first surfaced during the production of “Iron Man” when producer Kevin Feige had a notion that S.H.I.E.L.D. could be part of both “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.”
When the idea of a Nick Fury cameo started coming up, we called Sam Jackson and he thought it was a cool idea. It was his enthusiasm about it that led us to shoot that end credit scene and what he says to Tony Stark in the scene, ‘You’re part of a bigger universe, you just don’t know it yet.’ The line was also Marvel telling that to the audience as well.”
The Director – Joss Whedon
According to Kevin Feige, the genius of director, Joss Whedon is that he can take these huge elements and find the balance, so the characters are never lost to the spectacle and visual effects. The studio wanted the film to have amazing sets and incredible action, but did not want the tone and humor to be trumped by the spectacular images on the screen.
What’s always been the most exciting to see is Tony Stark and Steve Rogers together and how Tony reacts to Thor and seeing Nick Fury on his own turf for the first time. They wanted those relationship dynamics to be the real heart of the film and Joss was someone they felt could delve into the character development just as much as he could with the action in the film.”
I am a fan of what Marvel has established. The films they have released are extremely informative, useful and fun, but when they first came to me, ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ were not even close to being finished and I just felt like, Okay, you have all these moving parts, but how can you possibly bring them together?
Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Serenity”) explains what piqued his interest
I have known Joss since 2001 and I told him that one of the most important things with ‘The Avengers’ is it needs to stand alone and you need to structure it in a way so that people can watch the film without having seen any of the other Marvel films and get the story start to finish.
Producer Kevin Feige on hiring Joss Whedon
Meet The Avengers
Iron Man (Tony Stark) played by Robert Downey Jr
Robert Downey Jr talks about his character, Tony Stark / Iron Man
On top of being an eccentric genius, a billionaire, a playboy and a philanthropist, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is also the armored Super Hero known as Iron Man. Fresh off of defeating enemies the world over, Stark reluctantly agreed to serve as a consultant to Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) top-secret peacekeeping and intelligence agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, with a global crisis on the horizon and the fate of the world in the balance, Stark must again power up his Iron Man armor to save the world and become a full-fledged member of The Avengers.
Tony Stark is open to all possibilities and has no problem accepting extraordinary happenings. Joining The Avengers team is an act of curiosity—he wants to see what’s happening firsthand. He realized a while ago that he’s not an island and this time around he is beginning to understand that it’s about a group mindset and that ‘we’ is better than ‘I.’
Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man