Yahoo Movies had a chance to chat with Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner a few months back on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. They've now published some of that interview and, in it, the two actors shed some serious light on what to expect come May 1, when the sequel to the biggest superhero movie ever comes out.
One of the major topics discussed, which hasn't really been emphasized elsewhere, is teamwork. If you'll recall, in The Avengers, there was a lot of time spent seeing the team come together, argue, find their way, and then- finally- cutting loose as a unit in the film's final act. This time around, Evans says there'll be more of a focus on the team being dynamic together from the start.
While we covered Evans's thoughts on the matter here, Renner chimed in as well.
The Hawkeye actor was quick to say that they're not all going to be giving each other high-fives the whole time and having warm, fuzzy huddles together. He says "In order for all the Avengers to really get together, it has to be a global thing or sometimes [an] interstellar [thing],” pointing out that they only come together in times of great, worldwide peril. “The Avengers is like The Bad News Bears, but there needs to be a reason for all of us to get together, and when we’re a team, we’re pretty unstoppable. They’re all flawed, and [there’s] conflict and tension amongst the Avengers … but when we actually unite and sort it all out, that’s the arc and the journey in any Avengers film."
Evans piggy-backed on Renner's comments here, pointing out how the dynamics of the team will be conveyed this time around. "It’s like a family thing. If [Captain America: The Winter Soldier] was a conspiracy [film], and Thor is [a] fantasy, this is like a family drama," he says. "That’s what Jeremy said so well: Joss made this with loads of really nice intimate, human, grounded moments. Even though this is a giant superhero movie, I think what this tone will be — or this sub-plot or sub-theme will be — is this family dynamic with family struggles and human relatable conflict… aside from us wearing costumes and flying around."
Speaking of those intimate moments, Renner was once concerned about where the sequel would go, asking director Joss Whedon how he's going to attempt to top The Avengers. "I remember talking to [Joss Whedon] after the fact, after seeing that movie and being like: ‘How do we do another one?’ Where do we go?’ Joss said: ‘Well, you gotta go smaller,'" the actor revealed. "[After seeing] the script, ultimately, I feel like it’s bigger. There’s a lot more action, a lot of new characters, and that makes it more complicated, but also there’s more intimacy in this one unlike the last one."
Other notable points from the interview:
- The filmmakers gave each actor a specific packet of notes for their characters that caught them up on what they've been up to since their last cinematic appearances
- There's no solo Hawkeye film currently in the works
- Renner was somewhat ambiguous about whether Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are "good" or "bad," pointing out how his character ended up being a villain for much of Avengers