Director Joss Whedon Says The Avengers to Start Shooting in a Week; Natalie Portman to Appear in the Movie?
04.19.11 by Ryan
With Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger opening in theaters this summer, writer/director Joss Whedon is getting to work on the follow-up, Marvel's adaptation of The Avengers. There has been a great deal of secrecy surrounding the project, with the exception of when the movie starts production. Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk, in the comic book movie, was the most recent person to talk about the movie's start date, and Whedon confirmed the production start in an interview with the NY Times.
We’re just a hardscrabble bunch. Guerrilla film-making. I start production a week from Monday. I’m going to get started on the script now. Apparently that’s a thing. I don’t get it. Improv stunts are always way more exciting-looking.
The Avengers blends the title characters from the Iron Man movies, Thor, Captain America, and The Incredible Hulk, and will also use some of the supporting characters as well.
While doing press in Italy, Chris Hemsworth told Bad Taste (via Digital Spy) that not only will shooting begin in May, but that his Thor co-star Natalie Portman will also appear in the movie.
I'm going to get the final script, while I have read many drafts. We start shooting in May. Yes, Natalie will be there also.
Hemsworth also revealed that his contract with Marvel includes two sequels for Thor as well as two for The Avengers. Whether Portman would appear in those sequels as well is unknown.
The Avengers co-stars Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.