Below is a transcript of the questions asked of (and answered by) the actors and director, organized on a timeline and then scrambled a bit to put similar topics together. Among the topics discussed--Joss Whedon nixed rumors of a Spider-Man cameo in The Avengers; Clark Gregg lamented the lack of an Agent Coulson action figure; and apparently there's a mano a mano between The Hulk and Loki in the film that caused some on-set scrambling. Oh, and apparently Clark Gregg speaks Spanish. Or has access to Google Translate.
We'll begin with Clark Gregg, whose first answer was to a question that seems to have vanished from Twitter--but was intriguing nonetheless.
Clark Gregg: Very different dynamic in Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers, different heroes, more layers to Coulson's world/powers revealed.
Jeff Rothan: To Mr. Whedon, how many Avengers comics did you read as reference for this movie?
Joss Whedon: I had already read them all.
Tony Shilling: Samuel L. Jackson, do we get to see some cool interaction with you and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) a few times?
Samuel L. Jackson: All the time, but it's sorta contentious.
Georgina Collins: What was your biggest challenge in playing Loki and Fury in The Avengers?
Samuel L. Jackson: Losing the weight to fit my costume and keep it off.
Tom Hiddleston: The biggest challenge was magnifying his menace without losing touch of his emotional truth. Keeping his chaos honest!
Matias Javier Garcia: What about the Spider-Man cameo in The Avengers?
Joss Whedon: "There is no Spider-Man cameo. But the Avengers do turn off the dark."
Michelle Ressler: Were the stunts more difficult this time around in The Avengers as opposed to Thor & how'd u prepare for them?
Tom Hiddleston: More stunts. More training. Day in, day out. Running, jumping, flying, twisting. We worked like athletes. It was really fun.
Seraphina: Samuel L. Jackson, how much of your own stunts did you do? How did you prepare for all the physical work?
Samuel L. Jackson: As much as the insurance company allowed. I prepped by working out a bit?
Scott Stamper: 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?
Joss Whedon: I'm a fan of the Wasp. She's goofy and sting-y.
Jonathan Samudio: Clark Gregg, please can tell me what happend with the Wasp ? Thank you.
Clark Gregg: Coulson and Wasp broke up. It was very painful.
Troy Freund: Is the movie's plot going to reference any classic Avengers stories or be a more "ulitmate-ized" story?
Joss Whedon: It's a combo platter: classic, Ultimate, plus a little Richie Rich and "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."
Emily O'Brien: Samuel L. Jackson, how much of your portrayal is based on comics Nick Fury and how much of Nick Fury is based on you?
Samuel L. Jackson: There's a lot of Nick Fury in me already.
Rees Horton: Tom Hiddleston, what did you do to get into character for The Avengers?
Tom Hiddleston: Learn lines. Run five miles a day. Get dressed and go through the works. Turn up on set. And play.
Christina Smith: For Clark Gregg. What do you like best about Coulson?
Clark Gregg: The bulletproof Dolce suits.
Reggie: Where does Coulson buy his suits?
Clark Gregg: Dolce has a SHIELD outlet.
Elisabeth Montero: Have you ever wanted to wear Iron Man suit?
Clark Gregg: Wearing it now.
Jim Shields: Will we get to see any background on Fury?
Samuel L. Jackson: Not yet.
Chris Vroman: Samuel L. Jackson, who was your first favorite superhero?
Samuel L. Jackson: The Flash.
Robert Gwinn: Clark Gregg: Love your Character... Are you going to see more action in The Avengers?
Clark Gregg: Everybody sees more action in the avengers, hell, the audience even has to fight bad guys
Paolo Jara: Clark Gregg, is it difficult to control and monitor Iron Man?
Clark Gregg: Oh, yes! It is very hard.
East Chapter: Clark Gregg, will you have an action figure released? If not, are you jealous.
Clark Gregg: No Coulson action figure, very jealous.
Hanna: Might we see a more mischievous (rather than mostly just evil) Loki in The Avengers?
Tom Hiddleston: ENTIRELY. More mischievous. More evil. More hubristic. More delusional. More damaged. More badass.
Pietro Filipponi: Has the ante been upped on Easter Eggs? And if so, how attentive will movie goers have to be to stop them?
Joss Whedon: There will be actual dyed eggs. Try to find them all!
sad_cas: Tom Hiddleston, what kind of relationship do you have with the other actors on the set of The Avengers?
Tom Hiddleston: Nothing but love... It wasn't called Group Hug for nothing!
Mike Carter: Agent Phil Coulson is the Tōbei Tachibana of SHIELD.
Clark Gregg: That's a big Showa compliment
Alex Kruse: "Coulson's the fan dubbed chuck norris of The Avengers
Clark Gregg: Due respect, but Coulson crush Walker Texas Ranger...with a bag of flour!
Camille Paquet: Will we see you with flour bags again?
Clark Gregg: Coulson never kills with the same cooking ingredient twice.
Miss Mary Mo: Does that mean he's moving on to vegetable oil and paprika?
Clark Gregg: I'm sorry. I cannot disclose SHIELD approved lethal ingredients.
Adam Stabelli: Samuel L. Jackson, who's your favorite Avenger?
Samuel L. Jackson: Black Widow is my pick!
Devyn Nolan: Tom Hiddleston, who was the funnest Avenger to fight?
Tom Hiddleston: Brother-to-brother is intense. Hemsworth is a giant, but we trust each other implicitly as actors which means we can really commit to the physicality of the choreography, and imbue it with emotion.
CK: Samuel L. Jackson, did the eyepatch throw off your depth perception?
Samuel L. Jackson: Not at all, there was a new memory factor involved.
Kira Kovalevsky: Eye patch did not interfere during the filming?
Samuel L. Jackson: Not a bit. Makes me feel cool.
Mariah 4strom: Loki's costume looks great, but so terribly intricate. How long did it usually take getting everything on?
Tom Hiddleston: 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.
TerrHimself: Most difficult and best things about filming (part) of The Avengers in New York City?
Joss Whedon: Who gets the last bagel.
AJ Wiley: Everyone always asks what the hardest part of directing the movie was. What was the easiest?
Joss Whedon: Controlling the meat puppets...I mean, actors.
Ambika: Scariest moment on set? Any injuries?
Tom Hiddleston: I smashed my elbow when facing down the great green incarnation of rage. I guess the Hulk really does smash.
Dragica S: Funniest moments on The Avengers set?
Tom Hiddleston: Getting the giggles when the Hulk smashed. Joss got the giggles too. I was hopeless.
Josh Tippey: Clark Gregg, Funniest experience with a fan?
Clark Gregg: May have signed some large boobs at NYCC.
Melissa: Care to share the best of the Avengers bloopers with us?
Joss Whedon: Not when Samuel L. Jackson says them!
Eƨra: Samuel L. Jackson, are we going to see you kick some ass? Maybe [Loki] ass?
Samuel L. Jackson: Fo Sho!
David Mello: Will the female characters, especially Black Widow, remind the boys how strong they are, and how?
Joss Whedon: The females will spend their time whimpering and baking and being befuddled by math. #sarcasm
Emily O'Brien: I'm assuming The Avengers will be a masterpiece of wit and sarcasm. Which character got the most snark? [Coulson] perhaps?
Clark Gregg: That's a toss up, an awful lot of Avenger-snark to go around...
Natasha Arsenault: What was your first reaction to getting the chance to direct The Avengers?
Joss Whedon: “What moron would take a job that hard? Show me this moron, so that I may mock him.”
Tom Hiddleston: You have to reach deeper. And stay aware of the fact that the emotions are true, but they're not mine.
Dr. Thiago Sequiera: In the end of Thor, we see that Thor still loves his brother and misses him a lot. Does Loki feels the same?
Tom Hiddleston: The opposite of love is not hate but indifference. And Loki hates his brother.
Rebecca McKinnon: In Thor, Loki was looking for Odin's attention and approval, now is he looking for revenge?
Tom Hiddleston: He doesn't want revenge so much as identity. Belonging. Purpose. Self-esteem. Through delusional dreams.
David Aaron Reeves: Tom Hiddleston, Shakespeare quote to describe Loki?
Tom Hiddleston: "O beware my lord of jealousy, it is the green eyed monster that doth mock the meat it feeds on" (Othello)...
...Or "Stand up for bastards!" (King Lear)
Nate Barchett: Five years ago, would you have believed that you would play the most badass villain in superhero movie history?
Tom Hiddleston: Bless you. And no!
Denise Morse: Can you enjoy The Avengers without seeing all the other films?
Joss Whedon: You don't need to see any Marvel movies to enjoy The Avengers! But you need to see Steel Magnolias, like, six times.
Ponzi Brandao: Can we expect some bromance between Captain America and Iron Man?
Joss Whedon: Not as long as there's two of them and only one bagel. Heroes need carbs.
Matt Metherell: Feels like every question has already been asked...so how was catering on set?
Joss Whedon: I stayed away from catering. But it smelled good from far away.
Leslie Pleasants: How long did it take to shoot the movie?
Joss Whedon: I started when I was 12 and should be done by May 3rd at 11:59 pm.
Claire D: What do you consider your character's theme song for The Avengers?
Samuel L. Jackson: "Born Free"/Hendrix
josuegoth: Clark Gregg, what can we expect after the credits?
Clark Gregg: I don't know, man!
Enrique: Samuel L. Jackson--Nick Fury or Mace Windu?
Samuel L. Jackson: Jedi or mortal? You be the judge!
stellaviola: Tom Hiddleston, will we see you pole dancing again in The Avengers, just like we did in Thor?
Tom Hiddleston: Ahem... (clears throat)... er... well... I don't think so. Joss?
auntiesunshine: Clark Gregg/Joss Whedon TV series? Please?
Clark Gregg: Great idea. Asking him now. Joss????
Victor Aragon: Who was the jokester on the set? There is always one on every movie shoot.
Joss Whedon: I had the jokester put down on day 3.
Tom Hiddleston: By the way... IN THE END, IT WILL BE EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF.
Clark Gregg: Meeting some Skrull friends for lunch. Thanks for the all the support! Coulson out!