We’ll be live blogging the entire panel – including descriptions of the new footage unveiled from director Joss Whedon’s superhero teamup blockbuster!
Without a doubt, The Avengers is THE event to see at NYCC. Arguably the biggest superhero movie of all time (we said “arguably – calm down Dark Knight Rises fans) and is certainly one of the big summer tentpole pics coming in Summer 2012. The Avengers trailer certainly got the world buzzing, but still left many unanswered questions such as who will Loki (Tom Hiddleston) use to do his evil bidding (is it really The Skrulls?) and how does the new version of the Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo) look (quick shots of his face just aren’t enough!)?
We’ll hopefully find out all this and more as The Avengers closes out Saturday night at NYCC.
Read the entire transcript of The Avengers NYCC panel below:
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has taken to the stage for The Avengers panel!
We’re now watching ‘The Avengers’ trailer on the big screen!
The trailer is a smash hit with this NYCC crowd!
Clark Gregg, Colby Smulder, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo, take the stage!
Kevin Feige is discussing the early days when Marvel Studios was dreaming of ‘The Avengers’ – and says Joss Whedon is ‘in a dark editing room’ working on the film for us fans
Feige: “This is Whedon’s movie.”
Fans are lining up for the Q&A – Starting with Chris Evans
Evans talks about how well the ‘Avengers’ cast gets along and how it’s crucial for the ensemble to gel in this sort of film.
Evans likes his Cap suit – but has a new appreciation for scenes in normal clothes. Makes bathroom breaks easier.
Evans puts it perspective that for all his suffering Tom Hiddleston’s Loki outfit is worse to endure.
Hiddleston talks about Loki’s arc in ‘The Avengers’ – “Loki is not a happy man.” Says that ‘Thor’ left Loki in a “confused” place – which spells danger for Earth.
Hiddleston: “I can’t say I ever got a day in Jeans and a t-shirt. It was all leather and metal…that’s how girls like in Asgard.” (laughter)
Hiddleston says Loki’s family issues are a universal and relatable thing.
Cobie Smulers is getting quite a lot of love from the fellas in the crowd.
Smulders: “I feel like I’m the first woman in a superhero film who had the easiest costumed – these guys had it much worse.”
She describes how thorough and loyal to the source material the filmmakers were.
Smulders turns down request to sing a Robin Sparkles number (see: How I Met Your Mother). She gets booed for her insolence.
Smulders is discussing working with her friend Joss Whedon and how surreal the fan love is.
Speaking of fan love: Clark Gregg is now getting a lot of it.
Gregg describes going from having few lines in ‘Iron Man 1′ to becoming such a focus of the franchise. He jokes that he was surprised to find out that Agent Coulson is revealed as a Romulan princess in ‘Avengers’ – just a joke folks.
Clarke Gregg is singing his HILARIOUS home-spun ‘Avengers’ theme song. It includes lines like ‘We are a disfunctional family’ and ‘muscles so bulky – we have a Hulky.’
Gregg’s theme song will be coming to a YouTube or Twitter feed near you soon. Guranteed.
Up next is Ruffalo. The moderator describes Hulk as a ‘raging erection’ while Banner is more timid. The look on Ruffalo’s face says it all.
Ruffalo looked back at past actors playing Banner/Hulk for guidance. Jokes that the Hulk role is ‘This Generation’s ‘Hamlet’ – we’ll all get a chance to play the part.”
Says his Banner is more self-aware and in control. His performance pays homage while still “Ruffalizing” the part.
Ruffalo warns potential piraters – “Don’t make me angry.”
Feige says Whedon has cut together a new trailer for NYCC
The footage displayed featured a scene in India. A little girl runs through the streets to a clinic where we see Dr. Banner. The little girl pleads for Banner to save her sick father.
The girl leads Banner into a trap: Waiting for him in the shack at the edge of town is Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansson). Black Widow tells Banner that Fury has been watching him, but left him alone because he trusts him. But now they need his help tracing the faint gamma signature of the missing Tesseract (Cosmic Cube).
Banner know Widow has him surrounded. He hasn’t had a “Hulk-out” in two years, and Widow uses his discipline as leverage. Banner starts to get angry, but Widow pulls a gun on him. Cooler heads prevail, and Banner says he’ll go in peacefully.
Next we saw another montage of footage that included Stark Tower, and a scene where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is confronted by Loki (Hiddleston). Loki says he has an army – Stark says he has a Hulk.
THere were more action scenes of the Avengers all in action. It looked sick.
All in all – the footage shows that Whedon A) Understands the finer points of who these characters are and what makes them tick B) Will making the dramatic scenes as exciting as the action. All good news
Evans has made it official: He likes Captain America better than Human Torch!
A fan asked how long the film will be. Feige says they have to see what the final product looks like and then decide.
Casts favorite superheroes are: Ruffalo – Widow,
Gregg – Adam Warlock (he says it’s a dead (hot) heat between Hill and Widow. He also likes this guy called Agent Coulson.
Hiddleston gives props to Thor and the female body Loki once took on in the comics (Laughter).
Smulders and Evans agree – it’s Iron Man for them.
Hiddleston loves playing Loki and loves the shifting nature of the character in the Marvel universe (female Loki, child Loki, etc…) wants to see the scene of Loki turning cars in Manhattan into ice cream.
Staying with Hiddleston – the actor describes how Loki must learn and adapt to each Avenger’s skills in order to do battle with them. But he does say: he takes them all on.
The term “Ruffalize” is slowly going viral in here.
People are screaming “Where’s Thanos!” The cast isn’t registering the question (We do want to know that answer, though.)
Smulders and Gregg describe how they the cast often wasn’t all together while shooting. Gregg drops a story about how one time, when they were all together, he got a text from Evans that just said “Assemble.” The details of that night being kept under wraps – but it supposedly ended with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth talking muscles. (CLASSIC AVENGERS)
Gregg recalls the VIP room crowd parting as Scarlett Johansson started dancing. Mark Ruffalo got “Ruffalized” by that moment.
Feige hints that there WILL be a “button” scene at the end of ‘Avengers’ – “I like tradition, so I like to follow tradition.”
The panel ended with Feige addressing the future of the Marvel Universe: Iron Man 3 is in pre-production and that will push us into phase 2 of the Marvel Movie Universe, hopefully culminating with ‘Avengers 2′. Addressing rumors about other Marvel projects like Guardians of the Galaxy., Feige would only say that they wouldn’t approach Marvel cosmic in the same way they did The Avengers – i.e., no “lead-in” films for the individual cosmic characters like Rocket Raccoon. The cosmic characters would simply be introduced in a team film.
Have no doubt, Marvel fans: The Avengers looks like it will definitely live up to the hype when it hits theaters on May 4, 2012. What a way to close out the day at New York Comic-Con.
Here’s The Avengers trailer for you to fire you up once more (or if for some strange reason you haven’t seen it yet). :-)
And don’t forget to check out our complete Avengers Photo Gallery!