Feeding us a little bit more information about the characters in particular, Whedon has revealed that Chris Evans' Steve Rogers, or Captain America as he is more widely known, will be the lens through which The Avengers is seen. "So much of [The Avengers] story takes place from Steve Rogers' perspective" Whedon states, "since he's the guy who just woke up and sees this weird-ass world. Everyone else has been living in it. He's the guy that feels that sense of loss."
Rogers of course woke up in the 21st century in the post-credits sequence of Captain America: The First Avenger.
Whedon tells EW that this a major influence on the way his character is presented in the movie because he is "kind of the ultimate loner in that way. There is an anachronism to him, and Chris and I have always tried to, without making it goofy or too obvious, make him that same grounded '40s Steve Rogers he was in the other movie."
Not that he'll be entirely on his own of course. Whedon also talks about the difficulty faced when assembling seven of the greatest superheroes in one room but assures us that Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Evans' Captain America, Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury will roughly get an equal share of the film.
Whedon's history holds up pretty well in this regard having brought various groups of disparate people together in TV's Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it seems the Avengers aren't much different to the Scooby Gang: You get them in a world, the world of S.H.I.E.L.D., where they fit in. And you say upfront, these are monsters. These are freaks. These are not you and me, and what are they doing here?"
We'll find out when the Avengers assemble on May 4.