Marvel has released two new still photos from the upcoming movie and we share more about the characters in this new action-adventure movie due in theaters on May 4, 2012.

NICK FURY — Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

He’s the legendary Director for the worldwide peacekeeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D., which makes him humanity’s 1st line of protection in opposition to the globe’s leading dangers.  When S.H.I.E.L.D. gets word of an evil plot that threatens worldwide security, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will have to put together the globe’s strongest beings  to put a stop to it.


Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, transforms via a top secret program to create Super-Soldier.  It takes him from a frail man into the heroic and powerful Captain America.  As Captain America, he becomes a legend with his amazing WWII accomplishments.  He saves New York City and change the direction of the war; however, on his final mission he crashes into the Arctic.  When he awakens in the current day, Steve discovers that he’s spent several decades frozen within the tundra, and now he’s on his own in a modern day world which he scarcely recognizes. The moment Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (an international peacekeeping agency), taps Rogers to assist in saving the world once again, he immediately suits up and resumes his duty as Captain America.  Along with his legendary shield, Captain America brings his power, leadership, and his no-nonsense approach to the team.

IRON MAN — Tony Stark

He’s an eccentric playboy billionaire who happens to be a philanthropist as well as genius, but Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) lives a secret life as Iron Man.  He’s defeated enemies all over the world, but he’s asked by Nick Fury to serve as a consultant, he reluctantly agrees.  With the world is facing a global crisis, Stark needs to energize his Iron Man battle suit to save the world by becoming a full-fledged Avengers team member.

THOR — The God of Thunder

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is an egotistic prince from Asgard, a faraway land, who’s been banished to Earth because of his irresponsible actions at home that endangered his homeland. During his exile, he learns humility and he’s helped save his new friends from a threat sent by his own brother, Loki.  In doing so, Thor redeems himself in his father’s mind, so he’s allowed to return to Asgard as a hero.  But now, Earth needs him again to help prevent a cosmic-level disaster.  Thor holds Mjolnir, his legendary and powerful hammer, in his had and he’s pulled into the secret Avengers initiative to save the world.

THE HULK — Dr. Bruce Banner

When mild and well-mannered scientist, Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), is accidentally irradiated during a gamma radiation experiment, he soon discovers that when he’s provoked or angered, he transforms into a monster.  A green-skinned, uncontrollable monster called the Hulk.  Because he can’t control the what the Hulk does, Dr. Banner chooses a solitary life in a remote part of the world.  He’s working to help the poor and cure the sick but he has to do it while evading those who want to take advantage of his ability to turn into a green menace.  Banner’s expertise in specialized science disciplines makes him an excellent addition to The Avengers.

HAWKEYE — Clint Barton

Because of his amazing marksmanship, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) aka Hawkeye, is one of SHIELD‘s most premier agents.  His weapon of choice, the recurve bow, allows him to fire an arsenal of customer augmented and specialized arrows with flawless accuracy.  Hawkeye will need to employ his remarkable combat skills to help avert the likely worldwide disaster.

BLACK WIDOW — Natasha Romanoff

Scarlett Johansson plays SHIELD Agent, Natasha Romanoff, otherwise known as Black Widow.  She’s one of the earth’s greatest spies and perhaps the worlds most proficient assassin.  As Black Widow she’s armed with a specialized and substantial arsenal of weaponry and a sizable repertoire of martial arts abilities.  Her unique talents put her at the top of the Avengers team.


He failed to overthrow his homeland’s throne when he was thwarted by his brother Thor’s actions, so Loki (Tom Hiddleston) retreats to an unknown location to plan his revenge.  But it’s not enough to just go after his brother, he’s going to go after the entire Earth, and he’s not going to stop until he sees his vision realized.  Will his misuse of power threaten the entire planet?  And will The Avengers be able to stop him?

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