More Avengers Character Posters Debut; Marvel's Kevin Feige on the Movie's Humor and Villain
04.26.12 by Ryan
Fans are arriving en masse to see "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" assemble in The Avengers — at least, overseas. The movie is already setting records, a trend sure to continue this weekend as it expands to 42 additional foreign markets.
For American audiences, who still have to wait a week, at least there are more character posters released by Mondo, the collectible art arm of Austin's Alamo Drafthouse). Last week, two retro posters of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) were revealed, and MTV has discovered the posters of the other four members — Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Dr. Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) — posted at various sites all over the Internet.
If there has been one complaint (or perhaps, better said, surprise reaction) in the movie's almost universally positive reviews, it's been the amount of humor that writer-director Joss Whedon has injected into the proceedings. Marvel president of production Kevin Feige was asked by Italian site Comicus (via Comic Book Movie) if perhaps Whedon went a little too far with the jokes.
I think [the movie's humor is] very important. We want to see the audience wrapped up in laughter, cheers. That’s why we made the movie. I haven’t read those complaints yet but we have always wanted this movie to have a particular sense of humor. We think it allows a broader audience to enjoy it. It’s like it works in real life: you have to get to the audience’s heart through humor, laughter.
Feige was also asked if Marvel ever considered another villain other than Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but Feige explained that Marvel was always set on sticking with the comic book history of The Avengers, which saw the team first assemble to fight the Norse god.
No, Loki was always the one we knew would do a big villain portrayal in The Avengers, particularly because it was the character in the very first Avengers comic-book in 1963, who caused trouble and made the Avengers sort of join up against him. So we loved that. Just we had written a few other characters in early drafts, not very famous Marvel characters but few others working on the side of Loki, but it just became too much. There are a lot of people in this movie already. But we have started to think about who the villain could be in the next, future movie.
Should The Avengers continue to set box office records around the world and in the U.S., fans will discover who that villain is in The Avengers 2.