The Avengers had its world premiere on Wednesday, to a select group of critics, etc. (we were not included, if you were wondering), and the assumption by most of the people in attendance was surely that they were watching the film in its finished form. After all, it’ll be generally released in just three weeks.
But Robert Downey, Jr. threw a giant wrench in those assumptions yesterday morning, when he punctuated the end of a post-premiere press conference by saying “We are shooting one more scene [for The Avengers]… tonight.” Reportedly, while the crowd erupted in laughter at the supposed joke, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige winced. Downey added: “I’m not kidding. No more questions!” and then followed the rest of the cast off the stage, as if he were still playing the part of Tony Stark.
Even then, nobody in the press was really certain of what was going on, until somebody talked to the, uh, less known-to-be-jocular Mark Ruffalo.