“We’re doing what essentially boils down to the prelude of the movie,” he said. “There’s a whole intro that happens before you start even getting the titles and it’s pretty big. There’s nothing small in this movie. I went to a screening with all the temporary visual effects and it was pretty fleshed out. It’s a long movie but it doesn’t feel like it. Out of all the comic book movies and franchises I’ve worked on, this is the best one I’ve seen so far.”
That is certainly good news for the fans, considering he’s worked on the “X-Men” films, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern and many more.
He was also asked if the film would be driven by action or the character-oriented work that writer/director Joss Whedon is known for. “I think they nailed both,” he said. “I think he did a very good job of setting up the characters based on what we know from the Marvel franchise, integrating them together with all their differences and similarities and then getting on with business. And just when you think the movie is a character piece it just goes nuts.”
Confirming that the Red Skull is not in the film, he added: “I promise you it’s not going to be boring. This thing has gone so big that Marvel are dwarfing their other franchises. For people who enjoy the comics and haven’t really liked the way some of the characters were treated in other movies, I think they’re going to be a little more appeased by this one. Especially the Hulk. They let the Hulk be Hulk and that’s great. He acts more like the comic book Hulk. It’s fun. My biggest problem with every single superhero movie is I don’t think the payoff ever matches the build up. This one definitely does.”
You can check out the full interview in “Starburst” issue 376 (out in March). Marvel’s The Avengers hits theaters on May 4th.