Tom Hiddleston told us he was equally pleased to work with Whedon as well as his Thor director Kenneth Branagh, noting that the pair had a lot in common. "Ken is a huge fan of sci-fi, fantasy and more populist material–much more than his Shakespearean credentials may suggest," the villain explained. "And Joss is a kind of closet Shakespearean….Well, not so closeted anymore since he’s just putting the finishing touches on his own movie of Much Ado About Nothing. But they both innately understand what makes a film great, which is a great story with great characters and conflict and drama and humor. So strangely they’re more similar than they are different."
The interviews ran here earlier this week (that's where those links go), but ComicBook.com felt that it was worth sharing the uncut (except the hellos and good-byes at the end) audio, to give a sense for the excitement and passion these guys brought to the material and to the interviews, even after being on the road and doing press literally for weeks. One assumes just about everything I said to them has been said a dozen times before (except, apparently, the word "dandy").
The Avengers opens everywhere today. Take a look at our review, and please consider donating to The Jack Kirby Museum or The Hero Initiative as well, in memory of the late Jack Kirby, who co-created the characters used in the film.
This week's music is "Great Lakes Avengers" from Acoustic in Australia by The Kirby Krackle.