LOS ANGELES: Superheroes Thor and Captain America might be serious about saving the world in Marvel’s ensemble “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but actors Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans found themselves unable to keep a straight face while discussing the film. Amid laughs and irreverence in an interview with Reuters, Hemsworth, the 31-year-old, who plays Thor, and Evans, 33, who plays the role of Captain America, talked about the Marvel franchise and female characters.
Here are excerpts.
Q: The Avengers are looking inward at their own fears and responsibilities in “Age of Ultron.” Why was that important?
Hemsworth: They’re a little more mature than the first time around. The first time was them trying to come together as a team, and now they’re trying to operate as a larger scale, as a team, or have been for some time.
But I think all the worlds that they’ve been a part of are beginning to collide, and the pieces of the puzzle that they’ve moved around are coming together and causing this chaotic event.
Q: There has been a lot of commentary that there needs to be more female representation in these films.
Evans: Who says that? Great, use that. Nailed it. Man, I saved this one.
Hemsworth: I didn’t say that, by the way.
Evans: No, I did.
Hemsworth: I agree, there should be more female representation. ... [laughing] Before he [Evans] ruins this interview and my career, what’s the question? I’m actually interested, what was the question?
Q: How does this movie address criticism that there aren’t enough female characters in superhero movies?
Hemsworth: [If I] have it my way, I’d get rid of all of us, have an all female cast – women are smarter than men. My mom’s smarter, so is my wife, so women [turns to Evans] you should leave this interview and women should lead the world. You sexist human being.
Evans: This interview is my favorite one. This is my favorite one. My favorite.
Hemsworth: I’m with you though. I’m just not sure we’ve really nailed down the question.
Evans: But they’re going to do it though. They’re doing “Captain Marvel,” people are going nuts over Captain Marvel.
Scarlett [Johansson] was playing Black Widow in “Iron Man 2.” It wasn’t like she had a long-picture deal, but fans wanted it and she keeps coming back. Now we’ve got [Elizabeth] Olsen and even Cobie [Smulders], they keep bringing Cobie back.
There’s no denying that people want to see female superheroes and there’s plenty of them, and I think [with] Marvel, these aren’t getting old. I think a lot of people think there’s superhero exhaustion. I tend to disagree because Marvel can’t stop making good movies, and they absolutely will bring more females to the screen. Nailed it.
Q: You answered two of our questions in one go.
Evans: I don’t even have a wife!