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Yahoo Movie News ran an interview with Avengers: Age of Ultron stars, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner, who play Captain America and Hawkeye, respectively.

They revealed that Joss Whedon’s approach to this film might be counter-intuitive. As Jeremy Renner reveals, when he asked Joss, “How do we do another one? Where do we go?” Joss’s response was, “Well, you gotta go smaller.”
Renner then went on to say, after seeing the script,

“…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. There’s a lot more of us together, which I think is really interesting. I think this is an impossible script to write, from the first one to now: There a lot of people and stories to try to tell and he does a really good job with it, and he keeps it very real. There’s such a humor to it and that’s all throughout this as well.”

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But the Avengers aren’t always together, otherwise we’d have had Captain America helping Iron Man fight the Mandarin, or we’d have had Hawkeye helping Cap bring down SHIELD in Winter Soldier. Where exactly was Hawkeye when all of that was going down? Evans said, “That really is on our list. I have a list — I can’t show you it of course – of things you do not talk about!” Renner then added, “You’ll understand when you see the film.”

If that’s the case, if the Avengers beacon only goes off every so often, what exactly does it take?  Renner explains,

“In order for all the Avengers to really get together, it has to be a global thing or sometimes [an] interstellar [thing]… 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.”

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Evans then went on to add that he believes that, in the same way that Winter Soldier was a conspiracy film and Thor: Dark World was a fantasy, Age of Ultron is “like a family thing.” He then goes on to add,

“Joss made this with loads of really nice intimate, human, grounded moments. Even though it’s 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.”

Okay, so it’s a bit more of an intimate take on the characters and personalities that compose this elite, superheroic fighting force, but it’s still a big action flick and it’s still a team. With S.  H.I.E.L.D. gone, who’s in charge, who do they answer to and who’s bankrolling things?

“Tony [Stark] is definitely paying the bills, and since there really is no company to report to, we’re kind of this independent unit that needs to rely on each other and work as a team, even in their day-to-day lives.”

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As for who’s leading the team, Evans reveals that Captain America, more or less, is the team leader, saying,

“I think [Captain America] feels very comfortable in a sort of leadership role, but I don’t think he gives orders. He does structure, organization — he’s a military guy.” 

So it sounds like they’re sticking relatively close to the comics in this one, with Iron Man and Captain America both, more or less, leading the team. Evans expands on this idea in talking about how he sees the film as a whole, saying, “In this movie, it’s not about having stand-out moments, it’s about trying to have stand-together moments. You want to have scenes where you’re like ‘Man, the Avengers just kicked ass!’” He then goes on to say, “If it’s every man for himself then it defeats the purpose of what this movie is. We have individual films for that. So I like the scenes where – as a unit – we’re all wrecking shop. And we get a bunch of those in this.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theatres on May 1 in the U.S.

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