PARK CITY, Utah — Two of the most exciting films coming out in 2011 are undoubtedly “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the last two individual Marvel comic book films to be released before “The Avengers” hits theaters in 2012. Since the reveal of the “Avengers” lineup at San Diego Comic-Con over the summer, fans have been wondering how director Joss Whedon will bring together the many characters of the Marvel comic book universe into one succinct film.
Chris Hemsworth, who plays the titular Norse god in “Thor,” was at the Sundance Film Festival when MTV News caught up with him to talk about the upcoming films. He said that he has seen an early copy of the “Avengers” script, that it’s “incredible,” and it gave him a good sense of what he could expect to see for the film.
“Everything about the story and the comic books is huge. You have these huge, big superheroes and huge, big egos crammed into one small space,” Hemsworth said. “Reading the script, it was massive. Everything about it was like, ’Oh my god.’ I said to Joss, I said, ’I don’t know how you’re going to shoot this thing [laughs], but I’m excited to be onboard and let’s give it a go.”
Though he was a presenter at the Golden Globes alongside his fellow Avenger Chris Evans and saw Robert Downey Jr. there later in the night, Hemsworth said he and his castmates haven’t had a chance to chat about the film since the casting announcement in July. The cast (Hemsworth, Evans, Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner) had a “very brief sort of, in amongst the madness, sort of introduction” at Comic-Con, Hemsworth said.
Despite that, Hemsworth teased that fans can expect “a hell of a lot of friction” between the many superheroes coming together in “The Avengers.” Though he acknowledged that Thor and the Hulk got into their fair share of tangles in the comic books (adding fuel to the rumor that the Avengers will be fighting the Hulk in the upcoming film), Hemsworth wouldn’t say for sure which Avenger would get on Thor’s bad side.
He was also playing mum on the rumor that Renner would be making a cameo appearance in “Thor” as Hawkeye. “Maybe,” he answered, with a twinkle in his eye. “I don’t know. I can’t deny or say I know anything.”
He did admit that he never saw Renner in costume on the set (so Hawkeye will appear but not in costume?), but then went on to say he never saw Renner on the “Thor” set at all.
“I don’t know if he’s in ’Thor.’ I haven’t seen the cut yet, and he wasn’t on set when I was there, but he may be in the final one,” Hemsworth said with finality. “He’s certainly in ’The Avengers.’ I had a chat with him at Comic-Con and he’s as excited as the rest of us.”
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