Fans are still eagerly awaiting the arrival of a second domestic trailer for Marvel's The Avengers. To help pass the time, the studio has released a couple of international promos (dubbed in German and Russian) with tiny morsals of new footage, along with the "exciting" news that writer/director Joss Whedon's superhero teamup flick will be post-converted to 3D.
While we don't have any new Avengers footage to show you today, we do have some interesting quotes from co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, touching on topics like how the film is a perfect metaphor for the United States - and how it makes a movie series like the Mission: Impossible franchise seem realistic (in comparison).
Ruffalo was speaking recently with The Wall Street Journal about his work as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk in The Avengers when he started to muse philosophically about the film - as you'll note in the following Ruffalo quotes:
"[In 'The Avengers' you] have all these disparate egos, superheroes in this and that, and they refuse to give up some of their positions in order to make a more perfect union and to join the team. That’s really what the whole movie is about: subjugating your own best interest momentarily to further that of the whole. I didn’t know it a year ago that it was going to speak to so many of the issues we’re having here in the United States and throughout the world, the same kind of theme.
“These [comic book] movies reach a lot of people, they’re our modern mythology. I think a lot of the beliefs I have and cherish were fostered by the decency of our superheroes, and what they were about and what they were fighting for.”
Many an Avengers comic book storyline (okay, basically every one) has taken advantage of the team's various players and their oft-clashing personalities/views to create some thoughtful, but still fun conflicts - especially between characters like Iron Man and Captain America - over how best to address different global issues and world-threatening enemies they are forced to confront. In that sense, it sounds like Ruffalo's comments are right on the money (as should also be true for Whedon's movie).
Meanwhile, Renner (who is playing Clint Barton/Hawkeye) was interviewed by Get Hampshire recently when he was asked to compare his experience working on The Avengers with that of his recently-released blockbuster hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Here's what the actor had to say:
"'Mission' was a massive movie [and] then 'The Avengers' came round, and that’s a huge movie. There are all these superheroes in it, passing a baton between superheroes There’s a lot of fighting! But that should be a big, fun movie. It’s a whole other world. We’re dealing with other worlds, and other things like Thor and all.
"'Mission' has got that more, I’m not going to say it’s the most grounded movie, but it’s got a sense of realism to it. We’re climbing that building. We’re doing these things. The circumstances might be fantasy but you know we’re doing real s**t. And when it comes to The Avengers that’s a bit more fantasy."
On that note: most fans have pretty solid theories about what "other worlds" Renner is talking about here, as well as what extraterrestrial creatures will probably pop up in The Avengers. That the actor also emphasizes the idea of fantasy (not sci-fi) elements being featured heavily in the film seems to tie-in with certain rumors concerning secret villains, but maybe that's just us reading too much between the lines...
The Avengers will hit theaters in the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.