Even as the stars of Marvel's The Avengers walked the red carpet Wednesday for the world premiere, they apparently still hadn't finished work on the highly anticipated film.
"We are shooting one more scene ... tonight," Robert Downey Jr. said the next day at a press conference. "Not kidding."
But, hey, it's Robert Downey Jr. He's not really serious, is he? That's what director Joss Whedon insisted, telling Movieline, "He's Robert, of course he's kidding."
Not so fast, Whedon. Mark Ruffalo backed Downey's comment, confirming to The Playlist that, "We’re shooting a scene tonight. I’m not sure exactly where it’s gonna go. All I know is that someone came in with the costume and said, 'Here’s some wardrobe. We don’t know where you’re going to be or what you’re doing.' "
Asked whether the scene will appear in The Avengers when it opens in theaters (as opposed to, presumably, a Blu-ray/DVD bonus feature), Ruffalo said, "Yeah. So I’m like, 'All right, when are we doing that?' Today after we’re done.”
As The Playlist notes, it's not uncommon for Marvel wait until the last minute to shoot the post-credit stingers, withholding them from critics and preview audiences. However, while Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson were reunited in New York City for the final scene of Captain America: The First Avenger two months before its release, Whedon & Co. seem to be cutting it a little close: The Avengers opens in Australia in less than two weeks.
Opening May 4 in North America, The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig.