Entertainment Weekly is running a big spread on The Avengers this week. This includes interviews with the cast and some pictures from on set. I haven’t gotten ahold of this issue of EW yet but I have looked at some of the pictures online. This does not break my promise of going spoiler free for The Avengers as these are pictures officially released by Marvel.
I have to admit these first looks give little to nothing away but serve their purpose in continuing to get me hyped up for the movie coming out this summer. There have also been some pieces of the EW article that have hit the web that speak of how the actors are interacting on set.
“In the sequence they’re about to shoot, Iron Man has just suffered serious ass-kicking, and Thor and Captain America are coming to his rescue. When Thor rips Tony Stark’s helmet free, the unconscious billionaire was suppose to wake suddenly, catch his breath, and ask, “What’s next?” Downey felt there should be more. Whedon agreed and put pen to paper, which resulted not just in a new series of exchanges between the three heroes, but a few alternates for Downey to say, giving the editors some options when it’s time to assemble the movie. One choice line from the bunch: “What happened?” Stark groans, coming back to consciousness as Captain America and Thor loom over him. “Please tell me nobody tried to kiss me.”
[Chris] Evans raises another question as the cameras are about to roll. ‘Wait, how do I check for a pulse?’ he asks, realizing that Iron Man’s armor makes it impossible. [Joss] Whedon’s face furrows as he thinks. Right. ‘Press his chest, lean down, and feel for his breath,’ the director says.
“‘May I see that?’ he asks, reaching for Evans’ star-emblazoned shield. ‘May I?’ Evans hands it over and Downey spins it slowly like he’s studying a record for scratches. He attaches it to his arm for a moment, striking a defensive pose, then flips it over like a bowl and turns to a prop master nearby: ‘Put some nachos in that would ya?’”
To me, it looks as though Joss Whedon is encouraging some ad-libbing in the movie. Anytime you can let Robert Downey Jr. ad-lib lines it tends to work out well. It has been reported before that RDJ ad-libbed a lot of his lines in the original Iron Man movie and that is one of the best superhero films made to date. As to whether the other stars of the Avengers can ad-lib as well I have no clue, but I have faith that Tony Stark’s role in the movie will be lots of fun. After reading the quote above it does seem as though the actors must be having fun on set. What I really want to know, is did they eat nachos out of Captain America’s shield? Sounds like that would be good for a laugh!
As for the pictures I think the best one to come out in this batch is Steve Rogers looking at his new Captain America costume. The best touch is that Rogers is wearing clothes from his era while looking at a modern streamlined costume. Fans of Captain America might notice that the headpiece of this costume does in face include ear holes just like the costume from the comics.
We can continue to assume that Loki plays a fairly large role in the movie. It looks as though he is being escorted by SHIELD agents and Loki also looks to be a prisoner.
The remaining pictures looks to be action shots of both Nick Fury and the Black Widow. They certainly look badass and seem to hint that there will be a lot of fighting in the movie.