'Avengers' Q&A Featuring Joss Whedon, Sam Jackson, Clark Gregg & Tom Hiddleston

Samuel L. Jackson in The Avengers

We recently posted about a live tweeting event for The Avengers, in which fans could take to Twitter and tweet back in forth with Avengers director Joss Whedon and select members of the cast - followed by a sneak peek at The Avengers Super Bowl trailer, which will debut in full during Super Bowl XLVI.

The Twitter event is over, but we now have the transcript that details the Q&A session with Whedon and Avengers cast members Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki).  Check out what they had to say about the film and what fans can expect from it.

For your convenience we've gone ahead and converted the tweets into some standard English prose, because truthfully, reading a half-hour's worth of tweets is an exhaustive task. The questions are all from various Avengers fans out there on the Twitterverse, and answers are attributed to the corresponding cast member.

NOTE: We've edited the Q&A down to some of the more interesting answers - and if you don't feel like reading the entire transcript, here are a few notable items:

  • Fury and Maria Hill will have a "contentious" relationship.
  • The movie is a mix of classic and "Ultimate" Avengers continuity.
  • Coulson and Fury both see some action - and Coulson's "powers" are revealed (HINT, HINT).


For Samuel L. Jackson: Do we get to see some cool interaction with you and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) a few times?

Samuel L. Jackson: All the time, but it's sorta contentious.

To Mr. Whedon: How many Avengers comics did you read as reference for this movie?

Joss Whedon: I had already read them all.

For Joss Whedon: Is the movie's plot going to reference any classic Avengers stories or be a more "ulitmate-ized" story?

Joss Whedon: It's a combo platter: classic, Ultimate, plus a little "Richie Rich" & "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."

For: Clark Gregg: How is Coulson Different in The Avengers?

Clark Gregg: Very different dynamic in Iron Man, Thor and Avengers, different heroes, more layers to Coulson's world/powers are revealed. Coulson's the fan-dubbed Chuck Norris of The Avengers; due respect, but Coulson crush Walker Texas Ranger...w/ a bag of flour.

Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) in new Marvel One-Shot Short film

For Tom Hiddleston: Were the stunts more difficult this time around in The Avengers? As opposed to Thor? And how'd you prepare for them?

Tom Hiddleston: More stunts. More training. Day in, day out. Running, jumping, flying, twisting. We worked like athletes. It was really fun.

For SLJ:  How much of your portrayal is based on comics Nick Fury and how much of Nick Fury is based on you?

SLJ: There's a lot of Nick Fury in me already.

For SLJ What was your biggest challenge in playing Loki and Fury in the #Avengers ?

SLJ: Losing the weight to fit my costume and keep it off.

TH: The biggest challenge was magnifying his menace without losing touch of his emotional truth. Keeping his chaos honest!

For SLJ: Will we get to see any background on Fury?

SLJ: Not yet.

For SLJ: Did the eyepatch throw off your depth perception?

SLJ: Not at all, there was a new memory factor involved.

For JW: Was there an Avenger you wanted to put in the movie but couldn't make it work for whatever reason, be it budget or time?

Joss Whedon: I'm a fan of the Wasp. She's goofy and sting-y.

For JW: What about the Spiderman cameo in The Avengers?

JW: There is no Spider-Man cameo. But the Avengers do turn off the dark."

For TH: You’ve said that in you listened to Prodigy for Loki. What did you listen to this time to get ready for The Avengers?

TH: "Archangel", by a band called Burial. And not a little of Hans Zimmer's soundtrack compositions. In all honesty, yes. Sometimes you wake up feeling warm and sunny, but the scene requires hatefulness and spite. You have to reach deeper. And stay aware of the fact that the emotions are true, but they're not mine.

For TH: What kind of relationship do you have with other actors on the set of "The Avengers"?

TH: Nothing but love... It wasn't called Group Hug for nothing!

For SLJ: Are we going to see you kick some ass?! Maybe Tom Hiddleston's ass?

SLJ: Fo Sho!

For JW: Most Difficult and Best things about filming (part) of The Avengers in NYC?

JW: "Who gets the last bagel."

For SLJ, CG & TH: Funniest moment on Avengers set?

[CG or TH]: Getting the giggles when the Hulk smashed. Joss got the giggles too. I was hopeless.

For TH: Might we see a more mischievous (rather than mostly just evil) Loki in the The Avengers?

TH: ENTIRELY. More mischievous. More evil. More hubristic. More delusional. More damaged. More badass.

For SLJ: Who's your favorite Avenger?

SLJ: Black Widow is my pick!

For JW: Everyone always asks what the hardest part of directing the movie was. What was the easiest?

JW: "Controlling the meat puppets...I mean, actors."

For SLJ, TH, CG: Care to share the best of The Avengers bloopers with us?

JW: "Not when Samuel Jackson says them."

For SLJ: How much of your own stunts did you do? How did you prepare for all the physical work?

SLJ: As much as the insurance company allowed. I prepped by working out a bit?

Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg get their Tweet on.

For Clark Gregg: What do you like most about playing Agent Phil Coulson?

CG: Every single part of it.

For JW: What was your first reaction to getting the chance to direct The Avengers?

JW: "What moron would take a job that hard? Show me this moron, so that I may mock him."

For JW: Will the female characters, especially Black Widow, remind the boys how strong they are, and how?

JW: "The females will spend their time whimpering and baking and being befuddled by math." (sarcasm)

For JW: Has the ante been upped on Easter Eggs? And if so, how attentive will movie goers have to be to stop them?

JW: "There will be actual dyed eggs. Try to find them all!"

For CG: Agent Coulson is one of my favorite characters! In The Avengers, do we get to see a lot more of him in action?

CG: Oh hell yes...

For SLJ: Who was your first favorite superhero?

SLJ: The Flash

Loki in the Russian trailer for The Avengers

For TH: In Thor Loki was looking for Odin's attention and approval, now is he looking for revenge?

TH: He doesn't want revenge so much as identity. Belonging. Purpose. Self-esteem. Through delusional dreams.

For CG: Will we see you with flour bags again?

CG: Coulson never kills with the same cooking ingredient twice.

For TH:  Loki's costume looks great, but so terribly intricate. How long did it usually take getting everything on?

TH: About forty-five minutes to an hour, depending on how energetic I am feeling. Kudos to Bob Moore Jnr. from the costume department. Dressing was a two man job. But we had a great playlist & we laughed a lot.

For JW: I'm assuming The Avengers will be a masterpiece of wit and sarcasm. Which character got the most snark? Clark Gregg perhaps?

JW: That's a toss up, an awful lot of Avenger-snark to go around...

For SLJ: Nick Fury or Mace Windu?

SLJ: Jedi or mortal? You be the judge!

For CG: Funniest experience with a fan?

CG: May have signed some large boobs at NYCC

For TH: Scariest moment on set? Any injuries?

 TH: I smashed my elbow when facing down the great green incarnation of rage. I guess the Hulk really does smash.

Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in The Avengers

For TH: Who was the best Avenger to fight?

TH: Brother-to-brother is intense. Hemsworth is a giant, but we trust each other implicitly as actors...

For: TH: Shakespeare quote to describe Loki?

TH: "O beware my lord of jealousy, it is the green eyed monster that doth mock the meat it feeds on" (Othello).

For CG: Will you have an action figure released? If not, are you jealous?

CG: No Coulson action figure, very jealous. Meeting some Skrull friends for lunch. Thanks for the all the support! Coulson out!


Thanks for assembling in The Avengers Global Fan Chat! Here's a sneak peek at our exclusive Avengers Super Bowl XLVI commercial!


The Avengers will be in theaters on May 4, 2012. Check back for the full Super Bowl trailer after the big game.

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