Joss Whedon And Kevin Feige Reflect On The Final Day Of Shooting THE AVENGERS
As production of The Avengers came to a close in Cleveland, Ohio, it was time to head east to New York City in order to finish shooting the filn. The entire team assembled for one last time for a scene in Central Park. "Movies are not usually shot in order, but finishing in New York, allowed us to shoot the last scene of the movie on essentially the last day of production with the whole cast in Central Park," says Marvel Studios President and executive producer Kevin Feige. "So half of the day was making sure we get the scene perfect, and the other half was saying goodbye before we meet again down the line at the premiere."
We've come to the last of our articles taking us behind-the-scenes of The Avengers, and it rather appropriately takes us to the very last day of shooting the film in New York City. Hit the jump to read Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige's comments.
"What’s great is we’re at a point now where almost every character has their own franchise and fans," he continues. "So you have all these little kids looking up and seeing Chris Hemsworth and yelling ‘Thor!’ and seeing Chris Evans and going ‘CAP!’ and of course Robert Downey’s reach spans the world over and even with Jeremy Renner people are now starting to know that he’s Hawkeye and the feeling is that Mark Ruffalo is being embraced as the new Bruce Banner. I know it was tough on Joss who was just trying keep everyone focused, but it was pretty amazing to just have them all together in Central Park and watch people go ballistic when they walked by."
"It was like a circus crossed with a class reunion," laughs director Joss Whedon on the challenges of filming in one of the busiest parts of the Big Apple. "Paparazzi and fans were everywhere and the cast was so happy to see each other, talk, and catch up. So I just tried to keep the cameras rolling as much as possible because I knew when we cut it was going to be a while to reset. I’m from New York, so it was great to be back and shoot all over the city. It just feels right to be ending in a place we’ve been replicating for so long. It was an amazing experience and I love every member of my cast. I’m less tired on day 92 then I was on day one and that is a tribute to the hard-working cast and crew of ‘The Avengers.’ If audiences enjoy this film as much as we did making it, then I think we’re going to be in good shape."
"All I have ever wanted to do in my 10 years at Marvel is give fans a film where there is an event so big and catastrophic that it requires all of these heroes to stop what they are doing, join together and get along long enough to fight back as a single unit in order to accomplish their mission," concludes Feige. "Getting ‘The Avengers,’ together on the big screen is beyond my wildest dreams and is certainly a career highlight for me."
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Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Ramanoff/Black Widow
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson
Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
RELEASE DATE: April 26th, 2012. (UK) May 4th, 2012. (US)
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