What do you get when you put Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) together in one room for a long day of Avengers: Age of Ultron interviews? Jokes + laughs + Guardians of the Galaxy love + confusion about what their very popular characters will be up to in each of their respective next films.
When Screen Rant sat down with Hemsworth and Evans, they were nearing the end of a 50+ interview day and nearing the slap happy hour. This of course resulted in a lot of playful banter and joking around between the two, but we also managed to address a couple serious subjects: The amount of action they take on physically in each film, if Evans would pass Cap’s shield to Bucky or Falcon and whether Thor’s next solo film will find him away from earth entirely.
What were your reactions when you took your first pass at the script?
Chris Hemsworth: I thought ‘Wow, there’s a lot of Captain America in this.’
Chris Evans: [Laughs] ‘Where is my character?’
Hemsworth: My first reaction was ‘Wow.’ It was kind of everything and the kitchen sink had been thrown at it, it was long and dense and Joss was like, ‘It’s just a starting block.’ It was like that through the process, he kept writing things [into the script] and changing things and things would drop out, I haven’t seen the final product so I have don’t know [what made the cut].
Evans: It’s a lot of action. You read these scripts and you know, I’m used to reading scripts where there’s just dialogue – a play or something and you read these and you have ten, 20 pages of just action which is impossible to kind of grasp. You can read, ‘Iron Man crushes so-and-so; they fly’ and you’re like, ‘Great,’ But it takes seeing the film to try and bring it to life.
Do you instantly see a part where you’re like, ‘stunt man here.’ Or, ‘I can do that,’ or is that in the first drafts?
Hemsworth: [Laughs] Ah, it never says, ‘Stunt man,’ basically we all kind of turn up and do it…
Evans: You have to do at least a couple passes. You try everything, you give it a shot
Hemsworth : It just looks hokey if… we have great guys who set it up for us and and do it and then we’ll come in and do a version and then the versions where we could potentially die, they don’t usually let us do it.
Evans: Great way to put it. ‘Nah, I’m going to be in my trailer.’
If Cap had to pass his shield to Bucky or Falcon,who would he choose?
Evans: Oooh. Ughh. They’re going to watch this interview… that’s a tough call. As characters or people? As characters, let’s keep it in the world of characters. That’s a tough call…
Hemsworth: You’d probably just give it to Thor.
Evans: I’d probably be like, ‘You know what? Thor can have it, let’s be real. he’s got the hammer, no he’s just double fisting like a lunatic.
Seems like we might be leaning toward Thor having a movie just in Asgard. What do you like about…
Hemsworth: Why does everyone know about my career but me?
Seems like. What do you like about being able to play him in Asgard and on Earth?
Hemsworth: Well the thing about earth is that it gets trickier and trickier to avoid each other. It’s like, ‘Thor’s coming to save the world, where the hell is the rest of the team?’
Evans: ‘Where is everybody?’
Hemsworth: ‘Yeah you know, they’re too expensive, basically.’
Hemsworth: ‘Is Chris Evans going to help me out?’ ‘No, couldn’t afford him. Up to you Thor.’ But God, I don’t know. I haven’t seen a script for the next one. If that’s the case, it’s exciting. That’s what I loved about the Thor comics, there was just many places you can take it. I think crossing back from Earth we’ve kind of done so many times, maybe we should keep it out there like ‘Guardians’. ‘Guardians’ worked on such a huge level…
Evans: That’s ripe to have some crossover. Those outerworld stories.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters May 1, 2015; Ant-Man on July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.