A look at the upcoming AVENGERS film
Jeremy Renner, Scarlet Johansson and Chris Evans in costume
Thor fights alongside Captain America
The Black Widow and Hawkeye
Chris Evans as Captain America
Iron Man takes to the skies
Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Scarlet Johansson as the Black Widow
Tom Hiddleston as the villain Loki
Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans
Scarlet Johansson and Jeremy Renner
The Avengers, coming May 4 2012
The most anticipated film of 2012 is the super hero epic the Avengers. It's been built up over the course of several years via five previous films which have introduced us to the cast of characters individually. In a move never done before in film, the characters of all these movies are being united into one mega-movie. It is due out May 4th, 2012.
The film is based on the popular comic book created by Stan Lee, which united the most popular heroes of Marvel Comics together in one group.
The Avengers stars...
Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man. Downey has already portrayed the armored super hero in two films, Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010) as well as reprising the role in a cameo in The Incredible Hulk (2008).
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America. Evans starred as the shield slinging Red-White-Blue hero in this year's hit Captain America: the First Avenger (2011). (Evans also portrayed the Human Torch in the two Fantastic Four films.)
Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Hemsworth first played Thor this year in the film Thor (2011).
Scarlet Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, AKA the Black Widow. Johansson introduced the character of The Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010).
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, AKA the Hulk. Ruffalo replaces Edward Norton, who originated the role in The Incredible Hulk (2008.) Although Eric Bana once played the Hulk in the film The Hulk, that one is not connected to this franchise. The Hulk will be done via Motion Capture, so Ruffalo will be able to actually play the Hulk, unlike the Bana film where Hulk was CGI. Lou Ferrigno, who played the Hulk in the 1970's TV series, provides the voice for the Hulk in the Avengers.
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, AKA Hawkeye the Archer. Renner had a brief cameo as Barton in Thor (2011) but the character will be expanded upon here.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Hiddleston originated the role of the film's villain in Thor (2010).
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, commander of SHIELD. Jackson has previously played Nick Fury in brief appearances in Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America. (There is a 'Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD' spin-off film in the planning stages.)
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. Paltrow played Iron Man's love interest Pepper in Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
Stellan Skarsgard as professor Erik Selvig. Skarsgard played Selvig in Thor.
Paul Bettany as JARVIS. Bettany supplied the voice for the computer JARVIS in Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
Clark Gregg as SHIELD agent Phil Coulson. Gregg has played agent Coulson in Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Thor, as well as doing the voice for Coulson in the animated Spider Man TV series.
Cobie Smulders as SHIELD agent Maria Hill. This will be the character's first screen appearance, but she has been portrayed as a recurring character on the Avengers animated TV series.
*The film is directed and co-written by Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly.
Plot: Evil Loki, having survived the events in the film Thor, is on Earth and plans to use the powerful mystic Cube (Which was an important plot device in Captain America, although it was first seen in the post-credit sequence of Thor) to rule the world. He has control over Dr. Selvig (from Thor) who is studying the Cube, and also Agent Clint Barton AKA Hawkeye, who is assigned by SHIELD as Selvig's bodyguard. He gets them to steal the Cube for him. Loki goes to Germany and starts testing his new powers. Nick Fury, commander of SHIELD, unites Iron-Man, Captain America, Hawkeye and the Black Widow as 'the Avengers Initiative' to stop him. They are also joined by scientist Bruce Banner, AKA the Hulk, who Fury sends the Black Widow to recruit, because he has the scientific know-how to track the gamma-energy of the Cube. The Avengers go to Germany and capture Loki, but on the way back to American in the SHIELD carrier, Thor returns to Earth to find his brother Loki and bring him back to Asgard. Thor ends up fighting with Iron Man and Captain America but then decides to join them. Loki, still locked up, starts playing mind-games with his captors. Loki manipulates the Hulk into running amok on the carrier, causing a brawl between Thor and the Hulk, which gives Loki a chance to escape. Loki then gathers a mysterious army of strange alien beings he has in reserve. The creatures attack the Earth and the six Avengers unite with SHIELD to save the world.
Tom Hiddleston, who plays the villain Loki, said in an interview, "I can tell you that it's all of them against me. I am the super-villain. So it's Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury forming a team because I've gotten so bad-ass since getting the cube!" (However, trailers show that Loki has an army helping him.)
Hiddleston says there will be a series of one-on-one fight scenes between Loki and the individual Avengers before the big climax when they fight as a team.
Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) says that there will only be two or three scenes where you see the whole Avengers team together. Mostly, they will be spread out and in small groups or individually. He says his character Hawkeye spends a lot of time with Johansson's Black Widow. (In the comics and animated cartoons, Hawkeye and the Black Widow have a romantic history.)
In the traditional style of Marvel Comics, the heroes spend almost as much time fighting each other as they do the bad guys. In this film, we'll see Thor fighting Iron Man and Captain America; The Black Widow fighting Hawkeye; and Thor fighting the Hulk.
The budget of the film is estimated to have been around $220 million.
The film will be released in 3-D, but director Wheadon promises it will not be "obnoxious 3-D". The 3-D, he promises, "won't be pointless or overused but will enhance the action."
Due this upcoming May 4th, it's anticipated to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2012.
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The Official Trailer for the Film
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