In Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor’s villainous brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power, forcing Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) to assemble The Avengers team, consisting of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new superhero, and expert with a bow, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Renner spoke about their roles, and the movie the fans have been waiting for, at the press day for the film.
How is Loki different in this movie than in Thor?
Tom: Loki’s villainy is motivated by the fact that he’s damaged and searching for his place in the universe, but in this film he’s a lot more menacing and a lot more powerful. He’s much more self-possessed. He’s also a god, so he’s more powerful than any human.
Hawkeye is introduced in this movie, can you tell us a little about him?
Jeremy: Hawkeye is alone in the game, an outcast and a loner; he’s a lone wolf sort of character, so he’s not a team player, but will be there if needed.
Can you talk about preparing for this role and the fight scene you did with Scarlett?
Jeremy: I did take some archery lessons, but I realized very quickly that I couldn’t really use it in the film. It ended up being superhero type archery. It’s nice to know the technique behind it, but then [I was] shooting behind my back and over my shoulder and using fake arrows.
You get injured, banged around every day when it’s hand-to-hand stuff. Scarlett and I beat each other up pretty good. That was fun, I loved getting beaten up by Scarlett, would you?
Tom, were you a comic book fan?
Tom: I grew up on UK comics called The Beano and The Dandy. I was introduced to American comics really through the movies. Superman was the first with Christopher Reeve. I was six years old when I saw that movie.
What was your most memorable moment making The Avengers?
Tom: There are so many things that are memorable about it. It was an amazing time for me to work with some of the greatest actors in the world. There’s an image in my mind which was the first day on set that everybody was there together. It was insane. Everybody was in their costume, their capes and armor, and to see everybody assembled was an extraordinary moment.
Jeremy: It’s the same thing. It’s when everybody was together. That’s the most memorable, creepy and funny, getting to play with Thor’s hammer while he stroked my bow. (he laughs) That’s going to get me in trouble!
Having all the actors in one room all in costume was like Halloween. I was fans of them as humans and now they’re dressed up like silly people. It’s great to laugh at each other and that stuck in my mind.