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Joss Whedon’s Star-Studded ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Premiere Is ‘A Little Surreal’

Actor Robert Downey Jr., composer Brian
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The spectacle of Monday’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood was a heroic effort to match a movie of such epic proportions.

Hundreds of screaming fans lined Hollywood Boulevard just to catch a glimpse of stars like Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr., who rolled onto the carpet Tony Stark-style, fashionably late in an Audi sports car complete with an “Avengers” license plate.

Ruffalo (who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk) opened up about his character, confessing that sometimes when he watches himself, he thinks, “Do I really do that face? Do I really look like that?” In this “Avengers” follow-up, the big green monster has some tender moments, but Ruffalo commented that his role involves “mostly smashing, crashing and bashing.”

Elizabeth Olsen made a bold claim about her character, Scarlet Witch — who first appeared in the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” credits teaser and was not in the first “Avengers” film: “She is the most powerful superhero in the universe of ‘X-Men’ and ‘Avengers’ combined!” Scarlet Witch’s mind manipulation abilities play an integral role in “Ultron.”

But “Avengers” creator Stan Lee had the boldest statement of the night. “The whole movie hinges on my role,” he said, poking fun at his supporting role (with two lines). “You just wait! That scene… it’ll probably win an Oscar.”

Other stars on the carpet included James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Linda Cardellini and recent Marvel inductee, “Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd.

Director Joss Whedon called attending the premiere “a little surreal.” He commented on the conversation surrounding sexism in the Marvel universe, referencing the omission of female hero Captain Marvel from the “Avengers” films. “I think Hollywood in general is slow to come around to anything,” Whedon said. “I know Kevin [Feige] has been fighting to get more characters in — to get Captain Marvel on the slate.” The director then teased the future of the franchise from which he is exiting after this second installment: “Phase three should be pretty interesting.”

(Pictured: Actor Robert Downey Jr., composer Brian Tyler and actor Chris Evans at the after-party for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at Ohm Nightclub)