The last few weeks have seen a lot of big, official media releases for The Avengers – Marvel’s tentpole superhero film – including the first big trailer and a New York Comic-Con panel with additional footage.

Recently, Tom Hiddleston – the man who played Loki, Thor’s adoptive brother in Thor – talked about his role in the upcoming film and the significance of particular shots from the explosive trailer. Plus, Kevin Feige discussed the importance of The Avengers ensemble over any single actor/character.

According to Tom Hiddleston – courtesy of MTV Splash Page – the shot of Loki in a portal surrounded by S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel is “the god of mischief” arriving on Earth.

Says Hiddleston:

“He’s landed.”

When asked if Loki has traveled by way of the Rainbow Bridge, Hiddleston says:

“There’s a line in ‘Thor’ I remember saying to Idris Elba’s Heimdall, ‘There are secret powers between worlds to which even you, with all your gifts, are blind.'”

Tom Hiddleston Talks Loki in The Avengers Kevin Feige Talks ‘Avengers’ Ensemble; Tom Hiddleston Talks Loki on Earth

It seems likely that the 9 realms of the tree of Yggdrasill might include worlds separate from those found in Norse mythology – perhaps the Skrull or Kree homeworlds, or both? This would jibe well enough with the Marvel movie rules established in Thor, where, essentially, Thor and his brethren were weirdo aliens (a la Masters of the Universe) as opposed to actual gods or magical beings.

Check out a map of the 9 realms below (click to enlarge):

The Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology 280x416 Kevin Feige Talks ‘Avengers’ Ensemble; Tom Hiddleston Talks Loki on Earth

In a recent issue of Empire (via Comic Book Movie), Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige talked about the importance of the ensemble in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.

On the interesting character interactions, Feige said:

“What people seem to have taken away so far is not just the new characters or costumes – which are cool – but the character interaction. It’s a storyline that allows each of the characters to bring something to it – they all bring something to the party from their [particular] knowledge base.”

On rules of superhero team-ups – i.e., fighting before working together:

“As any fan of the Marvel team up knows, what happens when Marvel heroes team up? They fight each other, then they fight together. We did not shy away from that direction.”

Captain America VS. Iron Man Kevin Feige Talks ‘Avengers’ Ensemble; Tom Hiddleston Talks Loki on Earth

On the importance of not focusing on a single character, but rather the entire ensemble:

“The best Avengers comics are when no one is the leader. Joss has done a great job of making this a true ensemble picture – Loki and Fury are, if anything, true drivers of the story at points. And Jeremy Renner could steal the movie from everybody with his bow and arrow. We don’t have to make this Iron Man and his amazing friends – Iron Man’s a giant, giant part of the movie and when he comes in, people take notice. But this is an Avengers movie.”

The way that Feige describes the team as basically being leaderless, save for perhaps Nick Fury (Sam Jackson), implies – much like everything else we’ve seen of the film – that The Avengers will follow the first arc of The Ultimates more than anything from the 616 universe.

How does this all sound to you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to an ensemble-focused Avengers?

Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

The Avengers hits theaters May 4th, 2012.

Source: MTV Splash Page, Empire (via Comic Book Movie)

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