The Avengers premieres April 11. That's a mere 15 days from now. Embargoes on set-visits will soon be lifted, new promotional material will be unveiled and who knows....the identity of the mysterious alien army might be even be revealed [unlikely]. However, for now, we're still in the calm before the storm and in this relative quite moment Robert Downey Jr(RDJ). has shared a few cursory, personal insights about his Iron Man and Avengers directors as well as Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor.
QUESTION: Do you miss Jon Favreau?
RDJ: He's like a brother. You don't know whether you can't live without him or you want to just strangle him in his sleep. I just love the guy.
QUESTION: What do you think of your fellow Avengers?
RDJ: I feel like a big brother to Scarlett. Chris Hemsworth has the whole package. Jeremey Renner is a serious actor who doesn't take himself too serious at all.
QUESTION: How was Joss Whedon as writer/director?
RDJ: Perfect. During a scene, I could say 'Is this right?' Ten minutes later he had three pages of options for me to try.
Downey Jr. and Favreau on the set of Iron Man 2.
The Avengers is an upcoming American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.
Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011 and New York City in September 2011. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.
The Avengers is scheduled for release on May 4, 2012 in the United States in 2D and 3D.
Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: May 4 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgård, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Righetti, Scarlett Johansson and Lou Ferrigno The Incredible Hulk (voice) .
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Zak Penn (initial screenplay), Joss Whedon (revised screenplay)