From the Set: The Avengers Assemble in Albuquerque


By now you’ve probably already seen the teaser, the trailer, the Super Bowl spot and possibly even more footage and photos from Marvel’s The Avengers, the culmination of five years of planning by Marvel Studios to create a Marvel Movie Universe based on the popular Marvel Comics characters, some of which are nearly 70 years old.

Back in June 2011, there were so many questions about how an Avengers movie might work. At that time, we hadn’t even seen Captain America: The First Avenger yet and weren’t even sure if Chris Evans would work as Cap. We were especially curious to know what the dynamics would be like between the various members of the group as played by actors with a wide range from experienced vets like Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. to newcomers like Chris Hemsworth, at the time who we’d only seen in Thor.

Might we see Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark giving a dressing down to Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye? Would Chris Hemsworth be able to maintain his presence as the boisterous and bombastic Thor when facing such powerhouse heavyweights like Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury?

With that in mind, it was a no-brainer when Marvel’s new parent company Disney invited SuperHeroHype to visit the Albuquerque, New Mexico sets where the production had taken over ABQ Studios. We’re happy to say that we were able to get many answers as we joined a group of select online journalists to talk to most of the principal cast including Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson and newbie Jeremy Renner–we even got to see them in action as Black Widow and Hawkeye–Mark Ruffalo, as well as the filmmakers, director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige. While we didn’t get to see or talk to Samuel L. Jackson or new girl Cobie Smulders, who plays Nick Fury’s right-hand Maria Hill, we also got to spend a ton of time with Clark Gregg, whose Agent Coulson first introduced the concept of S.H.I.E.L.D. back in 2008’s Iron Man.

The results were two crazy days of immersion into the movie world of the Avengers, but before we could go anywhere or anywhere, we had to face Barry, Marvel Studios’ head of security, who made us sign a stack of paperwork promising to keep everything we saw a secret until a time deemed more appropriate, which lucky you… is right now!

You can read the full set report over on SuperHeroHype or check out individual interviews by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans / Tony Stark and Captain America

Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner / Black Widow and Hawkeye

Mark Ruffalo / Bruce Banner aka The Hulk

Director Joss Whedon

Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige

Marvel’s The Avengers is out in 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX on Friday, May 4.