When Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron zooms into theaters on Friday, May 1, the supersized sequel will bring together several of its iconic superheroes — Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) — in a battle unlike any you’ve seen before.
The story begins when Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, and things go awry. As a result, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron (James Spader) emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Pop Culture Madness was at the press conference for the epic super hero movie, where the cast good-naturedly chatted up the film. Check out what the actors had to say about Avengers.
Growing up, who was your favorite superhero, and why?
Chris Hemsworth: Superman was probably the only film they’d made, I think, back when I was growing up. That’s the one that sticks out for me. Iron Man hadn’t been created yet, or Captain America, or Hulk, or Black Widow or Vision, everyone on this table.
James Spader: Growing up, I didn’t have any comic books at all, but my friend Will Brottis had a trunk full of ‘em, and so comic books were like candy for me. I’d go over to his house for a sleepover, and I would be really just devouring everything I could get my hands on. I just devoured whatever I could get my hands on because the sleepover was going to be over and I was going to go back to my house and it was going to be, you know, Kipling.
There were a lot of Hawkeye fans that felt a little shortchanged actually in the first Avengers because one of their favorite heroes wasn’t focused on as much as they would have liked. But we see a much greater emphasis on Barton in this particular film. Talk a little bit about what you were hoping to see Barton evolve into in this film, and your first reactions when you read the script and you saw the role he was going to play in this one?
Jeremy Renner: When sitting down with Joss, and even Kevin back in the day, about why I wanted to play Hawkeye, is because I understood Hawkeye in the sense of he’s a human — just with a high skill set, so I could tap into that. I feel like I got to explore a little bit more of that, even outside the skill set, and I thought that was a really, really endearing and thoughtful sort of secret that he had, and I’m excited to kind of see where that goes.
We get to see a lot of sort of fatherly side of Tony Stark this time. Did you have that in mind when you were playing the role?
Robert Downey Jr.: I read Joss Whedon’s script, I said, “I think this is great. Let’s go shoot it.” I thought it was a Swiss watch to begin with and Joss really created some great new situations for Tony to be in, so rather than dig in my heels and try to rewrite every scene, to make them even better, if possible, I showed up and it turned out great.
Where you see Black Widow even going from here, once we get to the end of this film?
Scarlett Johansson: In the beginning of Avengers 2, there’s some sense finally of there being a kind of normal. It’s a well-oiled machine where, finally the introductions are over and we’re at work. At the end of Avengers 2, I think Widow let her guard down. She was hopeful for something. I think she had this moment of false hope, where she felt like she put in the work and, there should be some kind of personal payoff, and she was ready to accept it. She realizes that her calling is a greater one and that’s not necessarily something that she’s thrilled about, but that’s what is most heroic about her is that she’s accepting the call of duty, even at her own personal loss. And I think it’s an interesting place to kind of leave her there, because there’s many different directions to go.
Can you talk a bit about the physical preparation that went into the role and were you a proficient motorcycle rider already?
Scarlett Johansson: I don’t think you’re allowed to ride a motorcycle when you’re still pregnant. But I did. I did all of the motorcycle riding. I embarrassingly rode some sort of a mechanical bull type of motorcycle, which goes nowhere and doesn’t look cool at all. But you know, we had some very professional and amazing motocross work being done that makes Black Widow look like a total badass. I will say, I’m very fortunate that there’s a team around me that is super-supportive in helping all of Widow’s fight moves and badass motorcycle riding happen.
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, May 1.
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