You already know that ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ has three trailers, but now it also has a set of behind the scenes videos, courtesy of Cineplex.com! All told, there have been three of these videos released thus far. Though the videos contain a small amount of new footage, the real draw is, of course, the insights that can be gleaned from the interviews contained within. Though they speak with a handful of other crew members, the lion’s share of the interviews are with director Joss Whedon, Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner and prop master Barry Gibbs.
Renner primarily discusses his role, explaining that the cast spends more time together this time around. Regarding Hawkeye specifically, Renner quips that this time “he’s not hypnotized, which is great!” before elaborating that he’s enjoyed “discovering” his character, a process that he notes has been a long time coming.
Meanwhile, Whedon echoes Renner’s comments about the cast, adding (in typical Whedon) fashion that this new dynamic is “really fun to write and destroy.” Regarding the previous film’s now legendary tag scene, he says that although “the temptation to shawarma-fy is not small,” his reaction to that is to try something completely different. Finally, on the subject of what he wants audiences to get from ‘Age of Ultron,’ Whedon’s hope is that they will leave the theater “thrilled and excited and sad, and slightly disturbed.”
For his part, Gibbs shows off a number of props from the film. Most prominent among these are a set of Captain America shields, which he uses to demonstrate the ways the shield varies in color from film to film (the color variation used in ‘Age of Ultron is described as falling somewhere between those used in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) and a set of Mjolnir props, ranging from a very lightweight copy to an “extremely heavy” one (presumably the version that the other Avengers have been seen trying to lift). He also gives us a look at two versions of Hawkeye’s bow, explaining how the design has evolved since ‘The Avengers’, as well as showing off some trick arrows.
Check out the videos for yourself below and be sure to check back with ScienceFiction.com for more coverage as ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ gears up for its May 1st release!