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Evans, Johansson Awed By "Avengers" Sequel

By Garth Franklin Tuesday March 11th 2014 11:49PM

Out doing press for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," actors Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans have heaped praise upon Joss Whedon's script for their next effort in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

Johansson tells Collider: "I was just amazed. Joss is something else, he really is. He locks himself away for God knows how long. I think he has the dark circles to prove it. [He] just came out with something totally solid. I was really impressed by his ability to make this ever-expanding Marvel universe feel very close-knit and cerebral and progressive."

She goes on, saying "I mean this movie feels like the continuation of The Avengers, it doesn't feel like a tag-on or the rehashed version or just 'Let's throw a bunch of new characters in there and keep the thing alive.' It really feels like the next step, and all of our characters, our relationships with one another continue to progress, become more intertwined, more complicated, more meshed. And the film has a lot of great comic book moments that the fans are gonna love, but it's also got a lot of really great dramatic moments that audience members, I think, will really relate to."

Evans meanwhile expanded upon his quote the other week that he plans to take a break from acting after his Marvel contract is up to focus on looking for more projects to direct.

Evans says: "Oh yeah, this was a big thing! I gotta watch what I say. I will absolutely clarify. I have a six-movie contract with Marvel and I absolutely plan on fulfilling them. This is without a doubt the biggest blessing in my life. Marvel has literally changed the game for me, and they make great movies. I did direct last year and it was a really fantastic experience, I really enjoyed it. So I'm certainly looking to do that a bit more, so when it comes to exploring other acting jobs I may not be as proactive in trying to find those, I may kind of stick with my Marvel universe in terms of getting in front of the camera, and then getting behind the camera outside of it."

Evans also clarified one detail - his cameo in "Thor: The Dark World" does NOT count as part of his six film contract - meaning that he's slated for two more films after "Avengers: Age of Ultron". The obvious being a third "Captain America" and a third "The Avengers".

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