'Avengers: Age of Ultron' red carpet: Which Avenger would celebs want on their team?
On Monday evening, the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard were filled with fanatics who had staked out their spots as early as that morning to catch a fleeting glimpse at the stars assembling for the world premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film adds a slew of new characters to the Avengers universe, from speedy Quicksilver to brain-powered Scarlet Witch to the ominous Vision. So naturally, on the red carpet, EW asked celebs which one superhero they’d like to team up with. Spoiler alert: There was a green-hued favorite among the responders.
Joss Whedon, Ultron director: “Probably Thor. Battle’s his thing. Although, Cap would be really worried about me. I think Thor would be like, ‘Let’s go! Oh, you’ve been crushed. That’s too bad. I will swing my hammer some more’ And Cap would be all sad about it.”
Stan Lee, Avengers co-creator: “I think maybe Thor; I feel pretty safe with him. I’d hide behind his shield while he did the fighting. [pause] No, no—that would be Captain America. I couldn’t hold Thor’s hammer. I wouldn’t do good with Thor. It better be Captain America, so I could hold his shield.”
Chris Hemsworth, Ultron cast (Thor): “The Hulk, I think. He’s just pure muscle, isn’t he? [laughs] He’s probably the most powerful, yeah?”
Chris Evans, Ultron cast (Steve Rogers/Captain America): “Oh, God. I’ll take the Vision. You’ll see when you see the movie. How about that?”
Mark Ruffalo, Ultron cast (Bruce Banner/Hulk): “Black Widow. Because she’s got my back.”
Chadwick Boseman, future Black Panther star: “I don’t think you ever go against the Hulk. Ever. Ever. I don’t think you ever go against the Hulk. As long as he’s taking his meds or something [laughs], you’re good. You want that fight.”
Elizabeth Olsen, Ultron cast (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch): “Thor, because he’s not mortal, and I feel like Scarlet Witch is kind of not mortal, and I truly believe that she is the powerful one in the universe. [EW: “That might be biased.”] [laughs] Yeah, I guess.”
Cobie Smulders, Ultron cast (Maria Hill): “The Hulk. There’s no contest. Yes, there’s no contest. But also Black Widow. I think that it’d be a fun fight to see those two women in action.”
Paul Bettany, Ultron cast (Jarvis/Vision): “I would pick the Hulk, because he’s indestructible.”
Linda Cardellini, Ultron cast: “The Hulk. No, I don’t know. He might… Let me see. Ehhh I’m going to pick the Hulk. I’ve just always been a Hulk fan.”
Claudia Kim, Ultron cast (Dr. Helen Cho): “I would probably like to learn some fight skills from Scarlett [Johansson’s Black Widow], and then fight her—try to fight her.” [laughs]
Lou Ferrigno, The Incredible Hulk: “I would say Tony Stark.”
Brian Tyler, Ultron composer: “Thor seems to have his act together, you know? But of all the Marvel characters, I’m going to go with Vision. I just think Vision—the new one—is kind of the dark horse here. His powers are so mysterious, I’m just going to take a chance, and I don’t know if I really want to be on the other side of Vision. I’ll throw down with him.”
Chris Hardwick, Nerdist host: “Probably Tony Stark. I might get burned by the propulsive jets, but other than that, I feel like Iron Man would probably be the one, because he’s the funniest one. He’s the quippiest.”
Age of Ultron hits theaters Friday, May 1.