‘The Avengers’ told from the perspective of Captain America, Joss Whedon says

TheAvengers is being promoted as having an ensemble cast of iconic superheroes from the DC Comics universe, but Joss Whedon says that much of the movie will play out from the perspective of Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (played by Chris Evans).

So why is Captain America such a focus in The Avengers? Why not Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who seems to have gotten the most air time in the trailers? Whedon explains to Entertainment Weekly:

“So much of [The Avengers] story takes place from Steve Rogers’ perspective, 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.

There is an anachronism to him, and Chris [Evans] and I have always tried to make it, without making it goofy or too obvious, always tried to make him that same grounded ’40s Steve Rogers he was in the other movie.”

Chris Evans said as much of his character in a recent interview with GQ. Evans said:

“I don’t think he’s the coolest guy—he’s far from it. He’s a straight- shooter. He’s probably pretty boring as far as a character goes, but I feel like he grounds things,” he said. “When you have these giant personalities and egos, there needs to be someone who brings them back down and reminds that this is a team, not the individual show.”

The Avengers opens in theaters on May 4–are you excited?