Monday, April 9, 2012

Hints from the Set Visit of The Avengers Assemble in Albuquerque

written by Edward Douglas

"I guess we have the most leeway with Tony Stark who enters the movie, you could argue, like the celebrity that he is within that world, but also like the celebrity that he is to the moviegoing public as well. So the story that Shane (Black) is developing now on ‘Iron Man 3,' while it does not avoid any references to ‘The Avengers,' it's 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,' a year after ‘The Avengers,' it's more about getting Tony back into his world." (Feige)


The Helicarrier's main control panel were two glass slabs with diagrams on it that looked like something Tony Stark may have designed. (Is it possible that the Helicarrier was something Stark helped build for S.H.I.E.L.D. since first meeting Nick Fury?)


This area would be where we'd watch an extended conversation between Tony Stark and Captain America that we're not sure how much we want to divulge. We learned from this exchange that Loki needs a power source from something and that he's working to divide up the group, but mostly, they were discussing a member of the team who tried to take on Loki alone and ended up paying for it, "making things personal." We actually learned a lot from this dialogue scene--having to share four or five headphones between a dozen reporters didn't make it easy--and it gave us a great taste of Whedon's dialogue and what it's bringing to The Avengers.

After watching this scene a dozen times and noting the changes being made in the dialogue each time, we got to sit down with the two actors to get their take on The Avengers.

Downey took point on the interview while explaining how big this movie was. "I remember at Comic-Con a season or two ago, there was all this promise of…this is hugely ambitious. DC has tried to do this before and Marvel kinda said we're going to do it and formulated a way to do it correctly. Which is where J-Dub [Downey's pet name for Joss Whedon] came in heavily. What it is, it's just a really good story that could've been done a hundred ways wrong and don't act surprised at how unpredictable it is."
Since much of the interest in The Avengers revolves around the team dynamics, Downey took on his Tony Stark persona when answering who his character may or may not get along with on the team. "I just don't like big guys who speak cryptically and act like they understand the language better than me, guys with trippy brothers and all that stuff," he said as Tony, but then added that he and Cap have something that's more multi-faceted.

Evans agreed. "Tony's a little more flash and he's got charisma and likes the spotlight where I think Cap might be a little more reserved in his desire to be front and center, but they're both, at their core, heroes."

"I think without Tony we don't work," Evans continued. "He really is the glue in the family. He really is the fire that keeps you coming back. I think at least for this movie, Cap is struggling to find his footing in a modern day. He's a fish out of water. A little more uncomfortable in his own skin than he normally might be, and he's not hitting the ground running. Without the charisma and leadership that Tony Stark brings."


One of the most distinctive things that separates The Avengers at least from the Iron Man movies and Thor is that it mostly takes place in New York City. While we never learned why Tony Stark has moved his operations to New York, most of the action does take place there.

One of the sets we visited that was still under construction was Tony Stark's luxurious New York City apartment in the high-rise Stark Tower, vast digs that looked as if they had to cut two or three floors out of the building in order to create space for the flat. Outside the large glass windows of his apartment was what looked like a helipad, but more than likely, this is what he uses so he can come and go as Iron Man. Although this set wasn't complete, we were able to look at the blueprints for the apartment off to the side of the set and see again how much effort has been put into making this seemingly impossible environment realistic. This completed set can be seen in the scenes between Loki and Tony Stark in the various trailers, and we do know that confrontation doesn't go well for Tony.


After a bit of urging, Kevin Feige agreed to bring us on a tour through the art room with the understanding we wouldn't record anything he said or take notes, and obviously, they went through and took out anything we absolutely shouldn't see. Fortunately, we have a pretty good memory and we wrote down whatever we could remember from the amazing concept art and paintings we were shown. Some of the more distinctive images we saw actually appeared in the latest trailer including Thor atop the Chrysler Building with lightning smashing down around him, an image of Cap, Iron Man and Thor confronting each other in a wooded mountain top and a group of people bowing down before the victorious Loki. One of the things we saw that hasn't even been hinted at from the trailer is that the Cosmic Cube is definitely a part of the story as we saw images of what looked like Stellan Skarsgard's Professor Selvig experimenting on the Cube with Loki caught in some sort of energy cell in the background, giving us the impression he might use the Cube to reincorporate Loki's physical body on earth following the end scene in Thor.

More importantly, we got to see our first image of the outside of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, which until recently, hadn't been shown in any of the trailers, and we remember seeing an image of the Iron Man armory inside the Helicarrier with different versions of the Iron Man suit all along one wall, looking more like something out of the comics than what we've seen in either Iron Man movie.


When you have a movie where there's so many characters you end up getting about 10 minutes screen time with your particular character, so in the screen time that we have we're trying to bring out this charm in him, and maybe this idea that he wants to be a superhero. He looks at Stark and he's like, ‘That's the dude who did what I was intending to do. He's the model. He made it work.' So Banner and Stark have a very cool relationship in the movie."



  1. Grazie Chiara per tutto quello che hai postato, dai video all'articolo ;) Lory