Did "The Avengers" Assemble Again for Secret Scene?
(LOS ANGELES) -- Fresh off their Wednesday night world premiere in Los Angeles, the cast of The Avengers -- minus Scarlett Johansson -- gathered in L.A. once again on Thursday for a news conference to promote the movie, which debuts May 4.
But the real-life meeting of the big-screen superheroes threw the already over-stimulated geek set into overdrive in its final moments, when Robert Downey Jr. apparently let slip the assembled cast would be shooting a new scene for the film Thursday evening -- even though the movie already screened Wednesday night.
Writer/director Joss Whedon tried to throw water on the comment, essentially calling it a joke, but Downey insisted, "I'm not kidding."
Later, Mark Ruffalo, who plays Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk confirmed it to Indiewire, saying, "We're shooting a scene tonight. I'm not sure exactly where it's gonna go. All I know is that someone came in with the costume and said, 'Here's some wardrobe. We don't know where you're going to be or what you're doing.'"
Other than the tizzy created by the revelation -- and the rampant online speculation afterward as to what it could mean -- the cast, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner, chatted at the news conference about their characters, their reactions to seeing the movie for the first time, and whose powers they'd like to trade.
Ruffalo, who is a newcomer to the Marvel universe, said he made a super-heroic error very early on by reading fanboy reaction to his being cast in the part.
Ruffalo recalled, "Making the mistake of...reading some of the fanboy response...I will never do that again...But I've never had a role be more scrutinized and criticized even before I shot a single frame."
Renner, who had a cameo in Thor, and has a full role in The Avengers as the bow-wielding Hawkeye, joked that his favorite memory of filming was, "Getting to play with Thor's hammer while he stroked my bow." He then laughed at the double entendre, saying, "That's terrible...That's going to get me in trouble."
For his part, Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, essentially the boss of the superhero team, said he'd love to swap his character with one other, just for a time.
"I wanna be Scarlett," Jackson said of co-star Johansson, who plays the assassin Black Widow. "I want to be that cute for like 15 minutes."
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