Super-villain actor, Tom Hiddleston has been keeping The Avengers mega-hero mash-up film in the headlines lately with a string of intriguing but vague details about his evil “army” as well as the larger Marvel story set to unfold next summer. However, most of the rest of the cast, despite being caught by a string of Avengers set photos over the last month, have been surprisingly quiet – considering they are working on one of the most ambitious and high-profile films ever created.

Recently, Captain America actor, Chris Evans (who fans will also remember as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four films), spoke out about one oft-forgotten aspect of the action-extravaganza, the emotional “heart” of the story.

Speaking with the Huffington Post, Evans offered his perspective on the current state of action-cinema – asserting that, without characters to care about, explosions have very little meaning:

“I think they struck a really good balance. There’s obviously action, you’ve got all these super heroes, there’s gonna be constant battle, I think every ten pages, there’s going to be some sort of action, but you can have all the action in the world, if you don’t have some substance, you got nothing. I don’t want to sh*t talk other movies, I know a lot of other movies like that where it’s all action and no heart.

The actor also gave credit where, apparently, credit is due – claiming that Joss Whedon’s love of comic books (and subsequently all things geek), has helped ensure that the film stays on course and doesn’t simply slip into action-packed nonsense:

“It’s not easy trying to bring all those characters together and find a story, but the best thing about Joss is that Joss is a fan, Joss is a comic book guy. It feels so nice working with a guy that is well, the people I am trying to please is Joss. Joss is one of those dudes. And if Joss is happy with the dialog, if Joss is happy with the wardrobe, if Joss is happy, then I’m happy. Because he’s Comic-Con, he’s one of these dudes who would be in the audience geeking out, so if he’s happy, I’m happy.”

Evans also offered a tease regarding what fans can expect from Captain America’s character journey in the film – once again focusing on the emotional complexities that will help endear audiences to the superheroes – not just enjoy watching them beat-up bad guys:

“[Captain America is] in modern day, he has troubles. He actually gets to have things that he might not be able to shoulder, you know what I mean? He can’t just put it on his back. He’s a fish out of water. Everyone knows he’s dead, and he’s in a foreign time, and ‘The Avengers,’ he gets to be a little bit darker, which is nice.”

While all The Avengers talk means very little until Joss Whedon strings the plot together in a cohesive format, it’s good to see that the actors are confident in the director, even if fans are still skeptical. It’s certainly possible that Whedon could get lost in the wilds of his own film but, given Evans’ comments about a “darker” Captain America, it sounds as though each of the super heroes may have workable, and interesting, story arcs – in addition to their role in the larger plot.

Hopefully, the individual story lines will be carefully handled – so the film doesn’t get bogged down in character-heavy melodrama (we’re looking at you Iron Man 2).

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The Avengers hit theaters on May 4, 2012.

Source: Huffington Post (via Latino Review)