Whedon: What's the difference between a Hulk punch and Cap punch?

Contributed by
Dec 16, 2012

When you're creating a film that teams up all the major superheroes in the Marvel universe, you can kind of throw some aspects of realism out the window. But Avengers director Joss Whedon says he did try to keep things as super-realistic as possible when he could—even down to who can punch the hardest.

Speaking to Total Film, Whedon said he has tried to get the little things right and caught himself thinking long and hard about how baddies should react when getting hit by the different heroes included in the upcoming flick.

"I had to find a way to service all the characters, to figure out why they're in the room in the first place," he said, as reported by Comic Book Movie. "My biggest concern was that if I didn't pay enough attention to minutiae then the film would become generic in its concepts and visuals. Or that I'd be so concentrated on those things, I'd look around and the film wouldn't be about anything."

Put simply, he wanted to make sure you could tell each character's strengths, all the way down to their fighting styles. When asked about, say, the effect of a Captain America punch--versus a hit from the Hulk, or Norse god Thor--he knew it had to be obvious. So ...

"If this guy hits someone, he falls down," Whedon said. "If this guy hits someone, he flies backwards. It's very complicated."

The Avengers is set to open nationwide on May 4 in 3D and 2D.

(via Comic Book Movie)