There’s been an onslaught of The Avengers news today with the EW cover, photos, more photos and character headshots. Now EW offers a look inside the magazine with character profiles on each member of the team, some of which tease important plot details.
Hes the most guy, but a total loose cannon,” says Mark Ruffalo of playing Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk, “No one wants to set him off except for Iron Man… who just wants to see him pop. Its funny, theres a really cool dynamic between Tony Stark and Banner. Banner actually enjoys it, and finds it really refreshing. Theyre a lot alike in a strange way. Theyre both these kind of scientists who are mavericks, kind of renegades. Banner, for all his mild-mannered mythology, hes still the dude who was testing some pretty crazy st on himself, so he has that rebel streak in him.
It is also stated that Banner wants to be a member of the team, but that rest of the group considers him a liability. As for keeping the Hulk in check, the duty seems to fall to Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, who will also share a backstory with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.
[Hawkeye is] the only one who can really take down The Hulk with his tranq tip arrows,” says Renner, adding “…The only sort of thing I cling to is the relationship of past experiences with Scarletts character, with them both being human.
Though Captain America was the hero we saw most recently on the big screen, Chris Evans says that things have changed between his solo film and The Avengers and that we’ll see a darker take on Steve Rogers.
Its just about him trying to come to terms with the modern world,” Evans explains, “Youve got to imagine, its enough of a shock to accept the fact that youre in a completely different time, but everybody you know is dead. Everybody you cared about.. [E]verybody he went to battle with, all of his brothers in arms, theyre all dead. Hes just lonely. I think in the beginning its a fish out of water scene, and its tough. Its a tough pill for him to swallow.”
Though the team is going head-to-head with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Chris Hemsworth reveals that his Thor won’t necessarily be the most at odds with his half-brother.
I think [Thor's] motivation is much more of a personal one,” he says, “in the sense that its his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, its some bad guy who theyve gotta take down. Its a different approach for me, or for Thor… Ive been frustrated with my brothers at times, or family, but Im the only one who is allowed to be angry at them. Theres a bit of that.