"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
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,
"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."
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