We are still a few weeks away from the theatrical release of The Avengers but last night, here in SoCal, the cast of the superhero blockbuster film assembled at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA for the “global premiere” of their film. Every single big name star from the film was in attendance as well as every other celeb in a 30 mile radius that they could fit into the theater. Click below to see some photos from the red carpet arrivals last night and get excited, y’all … The Avengers film is nearly upon us.
At last night’s world premiere of The Avengers in Hollywood, the red carpet was packed with huge movie stars. But of course, that was the point, since The Avengers brings together several heroes from the Marvel universe to form a superteam to defend Earth. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk already have their own franchises, and Black Widow and Hawkeye are poised to break out, but did the cast ever doubt that all these characters could fit in one movie. Yes, actually. “If I’m being honest, I thought there were going to be too many in Avengers until we read the final script,” said Scarlett Johansson. “I just didn’t know how you’d successfully tell the story of two mercenaries, a mutant, a couple of Gods from outer space, a hero frozen in time, and a cocky playboy with a super suit. It just didn’t make sense that they would all fit together. But Joss did an incredible job of blending the storylines. When I first met him, he said, ‘These characters should not exist in the same movie.’ He got it out there on the table and once he faced that demon, said what everyone was thinking, it was a lot easier to accept the unbelievable reality of it.” Clark Gregg, who’s played S.H.I.E.L.D.’s ubiquitous Agent Coulson in previous Marvel-hero films, also had concerns. “I thought if there was ever a film where there were too many capes in one room, this was going to be it,” he said. “But then I read Joss’ script and then saw bits and pieces and then saw the film. Somehow it feels like the whole point of the movie. Like, it is so natural for all these characters to work together. It actually reminds me of movies I loved as a kid like The Dirty Dozen. You can’t help but get swept up in the camaraderie.” Whedon’s knowledge of the Marvel universe clearly was the difference. “I’m amazed that they could fit so many stars as they did here into one movie and actually make the story work,” said Stellan Skarsgard. “But Joss did a great job. Everyone gets their moment. Even the professor.” “I’ve been reading The Avengers comic since I was 14 so it wasn’t like I had to Wikipedia the characters or anything,” said Whedon. “But there is still a fair amount of research involved especially because you have to take into consideration where the other films left off and setting up for future films. And I really cared about these characters as a fan so I wanted to get it right or at least as much of it as possible.”
Without question, last night’s premiere was jam-packed with stars … which is fitting because the film itself is jam-packed with stars. Honestly, I am not at all worried that there may be too much to take in from the film. Anyone who knows The Avengers comics knows that the appeal is that all these huge superheroes come together and form an effective team. I trust Joss Whedon. I’m really, really anxious to see his version of The Avengers come to life. As for the premiere last night, it looks like it was a spectacle fit for a film of this size. There is still much promo to be had before the film opens but … soon, very soon … we shall see the assembled Avengers in action on the big screen. And I cannot WAIIIIIT!