Earlier this week, Marvel's The Avengers cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, and director Joss Whedon held a live Twitter chat to answer fans' questions about this upcoming superhero ensemble, which hits theaters May 4. Marvel Studios has provided us with a complete transcript from this Twitter event, and you can read what they had to say below.
Answer: All the time, but it's sorta contentious.
Question: To Mr. Whedon, how many #Avengers comics did you read as reference for this movie?
Answer: I had already read them all.
Answer: @SamuelLJackson Losing the weight to fit my costume & keep it off.
Question: For JW: Is the movie's plot going to reference any classic Avengers stories or be a more "ulitmate-ized" story?
Answer: It's a combo platter: classic, Ultimate, plus a little "Richie Rich" & "Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Question: For JW, was there an Avenger you wanted to put in the movie but couldn't make it work for whatever reason be it budget or time? #Avengers
Answer: I'm a fan of the Wasp. She's goofy and sting-y.
Answer: More stunts. More training. Day in, day out. Running, jumping, flying, twisting. We worked like athletes. It was really fun.
Question: @SamuelLJackson How much of your portrayal is based on comics Nick Fury and how much of Nick Fury is based on you?
Answer: There's a lot of Nick Fury in me already.
Answer: The biggest challenge was magnifying his menace without losing touch of his emotional truth. Keeping his chaos honest!
Question: @SamuelLJackson Will we get to see any background on Fury?
Answer: Not yet.
Question: For JW: what about the Spiderman cameo in #Avengers?
Answer: There is no Spider-Man cameo. But the Avengers do turn off the dark. Coulson's the fan dubbed Chuck Norris of @Avengers due respect, but Coulson crush walker tex ranger...w/ a bag of flour
Question: @SamuelLJackson Did the eyepatch throw off your depth perception?
Answer: Not at all, there was a new memory factor involved.
Question: @twhiddleston You've said that in you listened to Prodigy for Loki. What did you listen to this time to get rdy for the #Avengers?
Answer: "Archangel", by a band called Burial. And not a little of Hans Zimmer's soundtrack compositions. In all honesty, yes. Sometimes you wake up feeling warm and sunny, but the scene requires hatefulness and spite.
Answer: Nothing but love... It wasn't called Group Hug for nothing! You have to reach deeper. And stay aware of the fact that the emotions are true, but they're not mine.
Answer: Fo Sho!
Question: For JW: Most Difficult and Best things about filming (part) of The #Avengers in NYC?
Answer: JW: "Who gets the last bagel."
Answer: Getting the giggles when the Hulk smashed. Joss got the giggles too. I was hopeless.
Question: @twhiddleston Might we see a more mischievous (rather than mostly just evil) Loki in the #Avengers ?
Answer: ENTIRELY. More mischievous. More evil. More hubristic. More delusional. More damaged. More badass.
Answer: Black Widow is my pick!
Question: For JW: Everyone always asks what the hardest part of directing the movie was. What was the easiest? #Avengers
Answer: JW: Controlling the meat puppets...I mean, actors.
Answer: JW: Not when @SamuelLJackson says them.
Question: @SamuelLJackson How much of your own stunts did you do? How did you prepare for all the physical work?
Answer: As much as the insurance company allowed. I prepped by working out a bit?
Question: My question is for Clark Gregg. What do you like most about playing Agent Phil Coulson #Avengers
Answer: Every single part of it.
Question: For JW what was ur first reaction to getting the chance to direct the #Avengers
Answer: JW: What moron would take a job that hard? Show me this moron, so that I may mock him.
Answer: Great idea. Asking him now. Joss????
Question: For JW: will the female characters, esp. Black Widow, remind the boys how strong they are, and how?
Answer: JW: The females will spend their time whimpering and baking and being befuddled by math. #sarcasm
Question: Has the ante been upped on Easter Eggs? And if so, how attentive will movie goers have to be to stop them?
Answer: There will be actual dyed eggs. Try to find them all!
Question: For @clarkgregg: Agent Coulson is one of my favorite characters! In the #Avengers do we get to see a lot more of him in action?
Answer: Oh hell yes...
Question: JW: Can we expect some bromance between captain america and iron man?
Answer: Not as long as there's two of them and only one bagel. Heroes need carbs.
Question: @clarkgregg: Love your Character... Are you going to see more action in the Avengers?
Answer: Everybody sees more action in the avengers, hell, the audience even has to fight bad guys
Question: JW- Can you enjoy #Avengers without seeing all the other films? @Avengers
Answer: You don't need to see any @Marvel movies to enjoy #Avengers! But you need to see Steel Magnolias, like, six times."
Question: @SamuelLJackson, who was your first favorite superhero?
Answer: The Flash
Answer: He doesn't want revenge so much as identity. Belonging. Purpose. Self-esteem. Through delusional dreams.
Question: @SamuelLJackson Eye patch did not interfere during the filming?
Answer: Not a bit. Makes me feel cool!
Question: For JW: How long did it take to shoot the movie?
Answer: I started when I was 12 and should be done by May 3rd at 11:59 pm.
Question: @clarkgregg Will we see you with flour bags again?
Answer: Coulson never kills with the same cooking ingredient twice.
Answer: Born Free/ Hendrix.
Question: Who was the jokester on the set? There is always one on every movie shoot.
Answer: JW: I had the jokester put down on day 3.
Question: @twhiddleston Loki's costume looks great, but so terribly intricate. How long did it usually take getting everything on?
Answer: About forty-five minutes to an hour, depending on how energetic I am feeling. Kudos to Bob Moore Jnr from the costume department. Dressing was a two man job. But we had a great playlist & we laughed a lot.
Question: For @clarkgregg. What do u like best about Coulson?
Answer: The bulletproof dolce suits
Question: JW: I'm assuming #Avengers will be a masterpiece of wit and sarcasm. Which character got the most snark? @clarkgregg perhaps?
Answer: That's a toss up, an awful lot of Avenger-snark to go around...
Question: For @SamuelLJackson Nick Fury or Mace Windu?
Answer: Jedi or mortal? You be the judge!
Question: @twhiddleston What did you do to get into character for #Avengers?
Answer: Learn lines. Run five miles a day. Get dressed and go through the works. Turn up on set. And play.
Answer: JW: I stayed away from catering. But it smelled good from far away.
Question: @clarkgregg -- does that mean that he's moving on to vegetable oil and paprika?
Answer: I'm sorry. I cannot disclose SHIELD approved lethal ingredients.
Question: @clarkgregg @Avengers Funniest experience with a fan?
Answer: May have signed some large boobs at NYCC
Question: @twhiddleston Scariest moment on set? Any injuries?
Answer: I smashed my elbow when facing down the great green incarnation of rage. I guess the Hulk really does smash.
Question: @twhiddleston Who was the funnest #Avenger to fight?
Answer: Brother-to-brother is intense. Hemsworth is a giant, but we trust each other implicitly as actors...
Question: Shakespeare quote to describe Loki?
Answer: "O beware my lord of jealousy, it is the green eyed monster that doth mock the meat it feeds on" (Othello)
Question: @clarkgregg, please tell me what happened with The wasp? Thank you.
Answer: Coulson and Wasp broke up. It was very painful.
Question: @twhiddleston Five years ago, would you have believed that you would play the most badass villain in superhero movie history?
Answer: Bless you. And no!
Question: @clarkgregg Will you have an action figure released? If not, are you jealous.
Answer: No Coulson action figure, very jealous
Question: @clarkgregg Where does Coulson buy his suits?
Answer: #Avengers - Dolce has a SHIELD outlet
Question: @twhiddleston Will we see you pole dancing again in #Avengers? just like we did in Thor:)
Answer: Ahem... (clears throat)... er... well... I don't think so. Joss? By the way... IN THE END, IT WILL BE EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF.