It’s the most-anticipated superhero movie of the year, and with the good buzz surrounding the film’s story, The Avengers just might turn out to be the biggest.

Hot off the heels of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor, Marvel brings together these superheroes who combine forces to face the ultimate challenge. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

Making up this super group is Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

Already tapped into his superhero powers from his own movie Thor, Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth talks about why Thor joins the avengers, working with Robert Downey Jr. and why Mark Ruffalo is the perfect Hulk.

On working with an ensemble cast:

Having done Thor, you don’t really feel like you have to come in and give a back story because it’s already been established and you get to carry the work load with the group instead of having to carry it on your shoulders. So that was a relief.

Why Thor comes back to earth:

“He initially comes back to earth to find his brother Loki who is running madness and chaos on Earth so it starts off as a personal journey for him and he comes to find answers as to why things have been happening. In Thor, he started off as a arrogant petulant sort of kid and by the end of it had to become a noble warrior. In this film, he begins as a noble warrior with the right intentions but all of that is tested as he has to decide between his family values or saving civilization or the relationship he has with his brother to that of the team he’s fighting with now. They team are content with just chopping his head off but for him there’s an attachment and it’s more personal.”

The Dynamic between the Avengers:

“It’s kind of like the most dysfunctional family you’d ever meet. Like Joss (Whedon, director) said early on, they’re all powerful but because of their abilities and power, they’re very alone as well. They initially come into this group and think, ‘we don’t fit together’ you know, I run this world and I run this realm but because they’re so odd and unique and powerful they do come together and there is some comfort in that and they begin to feel slightly normal amongst this group.”

On working with Robert Downey Jr.:

“He started it all. He’s the sort of godfather of the Avengers. There was definitely a few times where I went to him and asked, “well how do you navigate this?’ or ‘what do you think of this?’ and he’s very open with his advice and helpful. But it’s just a good bunch. Robert is a great actor and is great is everything that he’s done. But watching everyone work and their different styles and getting everyone into one big scene has been very exciting.”

On Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk:

“In Mark Ruffalo, you don’t see the Hulk which is the perfect contrast. It’s that sort of vulnerability and it’s that fear of what to come when he does become that guy. He doesn’t necessarily like who that guy is. It’s not something where he’s kind of an angry guy and then gets angry. He’s kind of a nice and unassuming character but if pushed in the wrong direction he turns into this monster. It’s great seeing Mark play with that because he has this endearing quality and humility about him.”

The Avengers open Friday.


—Toni-Marie Ippolito

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