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Monday, September 6, 2010
So the Avengers movie cast was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con, but we thought it was time to take a closer look. It will be directed by Joss Whedon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel TV series fame).
As you probably know, The Avengers are a team of superheroes that originally included The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and then Captain America was added in the fourth episode of the Marvel comic book series. Their roster rotates in order to fight "the foes no single superhero can withstand."
You would have seen many of the cast members already if you’ve seen the Iron Man films. You already knew Robert Downey Jr. was Tony Stark, then in Iron Man 2 you met Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson and Don Cheadle as War Machine.
If you’ve been keeping up on the production of Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming film Thor, you would’ve already seen a bit of Chris Hemsworth in the role, but you may have also seen him as James T. Kirk’s heroic but doomed dad in the most recent Star Trek film.
So that leaves the introduction of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye and the surprise move of casting Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner instead of Edward Norton, who played him in the most recent Hulk film. (Or Eric Bana, who played the role in the 2003 film). The cool thing is that Lou Ferrigno, who played the big green guy in the 1978 TV series will be providing the voice for The Incredible Hulk in this film.
You can don your own superhero costume or see your kids dressed as superheroes too! Create your own character, and we can even custom make the costume for you!
The Avengers, from left: Robert Downey Jr., Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.