Fans who have been curious about the logic behind giving Thor Odinson new sleeveless-and-capeless duds in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers – or how Chris Hemsworth’s superhero alter ego will have changed (or not) from his first solo venture – the actor addresses both issues (among others) in a new interview.

We also have yet another batch of stills from the Marvel movie juggernaut for you to glance through. Today’s gallery of Avengers pics isn’t so much centered around the theme of off-duty superheroes or the interior of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier – rather, it’s all about our favorites heroes (and villain) striking a pose.

First, here’s Hemsworth talking about Thor’s renovated outfit in The Avengers, courtesy of SciFi Now Magazine:

“I think [the costume department] did a great job of toning it back a little with the outfits so there was a little bit of a common thread between them. Individually, in their own films they’re probably a little flashier. In ‘The Avengers’, I removed my cape for some of the scenes, and that was more Thor’s casual number. Captain America had his sleeves rolled up. Just something that broke the formality of it all, and I think it works for that reason because of those slight adjustments. Everyone was scared of that, of how it was going to look, but then among the action scenes where everything is so hot and full on, it’s like now you want the colours; now you want everyone to be in their full glory. And then the stuff just kind of launches off the screen. It’s wicked.”

With regards to Thor’s character arc in The Avengers, Hemsworth said:

“With [‘The Avengers’] it was a little more difficult to track an individual journey so much. You still do, but you have to work harder because it’s not as obvious. You’re much more a part of the flow of the group. For me, I guess Thor, in a different way from everyone else, was much more emotionally invested in the villain, and the problem that the villain brings because it was his brother. That’s his sort of difference, and it’s a much more personal conflict. For the rest of them it was more like they had a job to do… At the end of [the first ‘Thor’ movie] he’s matured somewhat. He’s been humbled and he’s earned his powers now, but then what do you do? Put it into action. It’s one thing to say you’ve learned a lesson, but now it’s like, “Show us that you’re not still a cocky petulant kid!”

It’s encouraging to hear Hemsworth reference some actual progression being made by Thor as a character in The Avengers, with respect to where he was at by the conclusion of his first solo film. A noteworthy number of fans have already expressed their frustration regarding how Tony Stark has seemingly been unable to do likewise – and instead, has simply been running in circles (as a character) in the Marvel live-action movie universe, to date.

That said: don’t expect there to be a huge amount of growth for anyone in The Avengers, since (logistically speaking) there are simply too many characters and narrative threads at play for that to happen. The film will instead probably focus more on the overall evolution of the team’s dynamic, for that reason.

Moving onto the aforementioned Avengers photos – there’s nothing all that revelatory about the latest collection of pics, unless you count the image of Natasha Romanoff all dolled up and wearing something other than her customary Black Widow S.H.I.E.L.D. outfit.

There are nonetheless some eye-catching visuals (Captain America positioned against billowing clouds of black smoke) and stills from what look to be memorable moments in The Avengers, such as when Loki first arrives on Earth – or when Cap faces the trickster God down, rather than bow before him, like the people around him in a scene previously glimpsed over in the most recent domestic Avengers trailer.

Check out the latest gallery of images from The Avengers below:

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, and Tom Hiddleston. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon, opening in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.

Source: SciFi Now Magazine [via Comic Book Movie],