Are you ready for your daily dose of Avengers goodness? Today, we can offer you a new featurette that mostly focuses on the origins of Marvel Studios and the films leading up to its "crown jewel," but also includes new behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with writer/director Joss Whedon and Marvel head honcho/producer Kevin Feige (among others).
Meanwhile, Avengers star Tom Hiddleston has topped off an excellent year by taking home a Best Newcomer prize at the 2012 Empire Awards for his recent acclaimed work - including, his turns as Loki in Thor and F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris. Of course, the actor had something to say about Whedon's film while attending the event.
The new Avengers featurette comes courtesy of Symantec's Norton, which previously did tie-in marketing work with Marvel on Captain America: The First Avenger. As mentioned before, the clip primarily deals with the buildup to The Avengers, but also includes enough in the way of new on-the-set material (along with some familiar "money shots" from the previous Avengers trailers) to make it worth a look.
Check out said Avengers featurette below:
In addition, here are Hiddleston's thoughts on The Avengers (via Red Carpet TV News):
"['The Avengers'] is the first of its kind, because it's a film about not just one superhero, but seven or eight, all of whom are beloved already... I've seen it now, I've only seen it once, it was very rough cut, but it's absolutely thrilling. I mean, it grips you from the edge of your seat from the get-go and it does, it takes itself extremely seriously one moment and then doesn't take itself seriously at all in the next moment, and so it has a huge sense of humor, but also a real heart and action. It's more fun than should be allowed."
As was the case with Clark Gregg's encouraging thoughts about The Avengers, you have to take Hiddleston's comments with a grain of salt, due to his being a paid Marvel representative (of sorts). Other than that, we have little additional reason to distrust what the actor is saying - especially since Hiddleston's description of The Avengers recalls that for Whedon's best work (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), which tends to strike a nice balance between straight-faced drama and tongue-in-cheek entertainment.
The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.
Look for The Avengers to arrive in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.