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of a lifetime. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo),
Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Captain America (Chris Evans) assemble
together for the very first time ever in this epic, action-packed
blockbuster alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye
(Jeremy Renner), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Director Joss
Whedon creates an unprecedented universe that has become a global
phenomenon. Packed with spectacular visual effects, and exclusive
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The Avengers (classified as Marvel Avengers Assemble in the UK and
Ireland), or simply The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film
produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures,1
based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is
the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is
scripted and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast
that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris
Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark
Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. In
The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization
S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor
to form a team that must stop Thor's adoptive brother Loki from
Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a
loan from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film
Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be
released in July 2011. With the signing of Johansson in March 2009,
the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on
board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay originally written by
Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, in August and New York City in
September. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.
The Avengers premiered on April 11, 2012, at the El Capitan Theatre
in Hollywood, California. The film received positive reviews from
most film critics and set or tied numerous box office records,
including the biggest opening weekend in North America and the
fastest film to gross $1 billion. The Avengers grossed $1.51 billion
worldwide, and became the third highest-grossing film of all time.
The film was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 25, 2012.
A sequel to be written and directed by Whedon is scheduled for
release on May 1, 2015.
Cast of The Avengers at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International,
with Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige.
Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man:
A self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist
with a mechanical suit of armor of his own invention. Downey was
cast as part of his four-picture deal with Marvel Studios, which
includes Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. Downey said that he initially
pushed Whedon to make Stark the lead: "Well, I said, 'I need to be
in the opening sequence. I don't know what you're thinking, but Tony
needs to drive this thing.' He was like, 'Okay, let's try that.' We
tried it and it didn't work, because this is a different sort of
thing, the story and the idea and the theme is the theme, and
everybody is just an arm of the octopus." About the character's
evolution from previous films, Downey said, "In Iron Man, which was
an origin story, he was his own epiphany and redemption of sorts.
Iron Man 2 is all about not being an island, dealing with legacy
issues and making space for others. . . In The Avengers, he's
throwing it down with the others".
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America:
A World War II veteran who was enhanced to the peak of human
physicality by an experimental serum. Evans was cast as part of a
deal to star in three Marvel films, in addition to The Avengers.
Evans said that Steve Rogers is much darker in The Avengers: "It's
just about him trying to come to terms with the modern world. You've
got to imagine, it's enough of a shock to accept the fact that
you're in a completely different time, but everybody you know is
dead. Everybody you cared about. . . He was a soldier, obviously,
everybody he went to battle with, all of his brothers in arms,
they're all dead. He's just lonely. I think in the beginning it's a
fish-out-of-water scene, and it's tough. It's a tough pill for him
to swallow. Then comes trying to find a balance with the modern
world."Regarding the dynamic between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark,
Evans said, "I think there's certainly a dichotomy—this kind of
friction between myself and Tony Stark, they're polar opposites. One
guy is flash and spotlight and smooth, and the other guy is selfless
and in the shadows and kind of quiet and they have to get along.
They explore that, and it's pretty fun".
Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk:
A genius scientist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation,
transforms into a monster when enraged or agitated. Ruffalo was cast
after negotiations between Marvel and Edward Norton broke down.
About replacing Norton, Ruffalo said, "I'm a friend of Ed's, and
yeah, that wasn't a great way for all that to go down. But the way I
see it is that Ed has bequeathed this part to me. I look at it as my
generation's Hamlet." About the character, he said, "He's a guy
struggling with two sides of himself—the dark and the light—and
everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of
control. I grew up on the Bill Bixby TV series, which I thought was
a really nuanced and real human way to look at the Hulk. I like that
the part has those qualities". Regarding the Hulk's place on the
team, Ruffalo said, "He's like the teammate none of them are sure
they want on their team. He's a loose cannon. It's like, 'Just throw
a grenade in the middle of the group and let's hope it turns out
well!" This is the first production in which the actor playing
Banner also plays the Hulk. Ruffalo told New York magazine, "I'm
really excited. No one's ever played the Hulk exactly; they've
always done CGI. They're going to do the Avatar stop-action,
stop-motion capture. So I'll actually play the Hulk. That'll be
fun". The 3D model used to create the Hulk's body was modeled after
Long Island bodybuilder and male stripper Steve Romm, while the
Hulk's face was modeled after Ruffalo. To create the Hulk's voice,
Ruffalo's voice was blended with those of Lou Ferrigno and others;
however, the Hulk's only speaking line ("Puny god.") was provided
solely by Ruffalo.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor:
The crown prince of Asgard, based on the Norse mythological deity of
the same name. Hemsworth was cast as part of a multiple movie deal.
He had previously worked with Joss Whedon on The Cabin in the Woods.
Hemsworth said that he was able to maintain the strength he built up
for Thor by increasing his food intake, consisting of chicken
breasts, fish, steak and eggs every day. When asked exactly how
much, Hemsworth said, "My body weight in protein pretty much!" He
remarked that Thor's motivation "is much more of a personal one, in
the sense that it's his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas
everyone else, it's some bad guy who they've gotta take down. It's a
different approach for me, or for Thor. He's constantly having to
battle the greater good and what he should do vs. it's his little
brother there. . . I've been frustrated with my brothers at times,
or family, but I'm the only one who is allowed to be angry at them.
There's a bit of that."
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:
A highly trained spy working for S.H.I.E.L.D. About the character
and her relationship with Hawkeye, Johansson said, "Our characters
have a long history. They've fought together for a long time in a
lot of battles in many different countries. We're the two members of
this avenging group who are skilled warriors — we have no
superpowers. Black Widow is definitely one of the team, though.
She's not in the cast simply to be a romantic foil or eye candy.
She's there to fight, so I never felt like I was the only girl. We
all have our various skills and it feels equal". Regarding her
training, Johansson said, "Even though Iron Man 2 was
'one-for-them,' I'd never done anything like that before. I'd never
been physically driven in something, or a part of something so big.
For The Avengers, I've spent so many months training with our stunt
team, and fighting all the other actors, it's crazy. I do nothing
but fight—all the time."
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye:
An agent with S.H.I.E.L.D. and a master archer known in the comics
as the "World's Greatest Marksman." Renner said it was a very
physical role and that he trained physically and practiced archery
as much as possible in preparation. About the role, Renner said,
"When I saw Iron Man, I thought that was a really kick-ass approach
to superheroes. Then they told me about this Hawkeye character, and
I liked how he wasn't really a superhero; he's just a guy with a
high skill set. I could connect to that." Regarding Hawkeye's
sniper mentality, Renner said, "It's a lonely game. He's an outcast.
His only connection is to Scarlett's character, Natasha. It's like a
left hand/right hand thing. They coexist, and you need them both,
especially when it comes to a physical mission." Renner said Hawkeye
is not insecure about his humanity. "Quite the opposite, he's the
only one who can really take down the Hulk with his
[tranquilizer-tipped] arrows. He knows his limitations. But when it
comes down to it, there has to be a sense of confidence in any
Tom Hiddleston as Loki:
Thor's adoptive brother and nemesis, based on the deity of the same
name. About his character's evolution from the film Thor, Hiddleston
said, "I think the Loki we see in The Avengers is further advanced.
You have to ask yourself the question: how pleasant an experience is
it disappearing into a wormhole that has been created by some kind
of super nuclear explosion of his own making? So I think by the time
Loki shows up in The Avengers, he's seen a few things." About Loki's
motivations, Hiddleston said, "At the beginning of The Avengers, he
comes to Earth to subjugate it and his idea is to rule the human
race as their king. And like all the delusional autocrats of human
history, he thinks this is a great idea because if everyone is busy
worshipping him, there will be no wars so he will create some kind
of world peace by ruling them as a tyrant. But he is also kind of
deluded in the fact that he thinks unlimited power will give him
self-respect, so I haven't let go of the fact that he is still
motivated by this terrible jealousy and kind of spiritual
Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson:
An agent with S.H.I.E.L.D. who oversees many of the division's field
operations. Gregg was cast as part of a multi-picture deal with
Marvel. Gregg said his role was expanded in The Avengers: "[What]
Agent Coulson had become in terms of the import of this particular
story, and how important his job is in bringing the Avengers
together, it kind of felt a little surreal, like somebody was
playing a prank and that wasn't the real script. But it wasn't, it
was the real thing, I got to show up and do that stuff, and it felt
like such an amazing payoff to what the journey had been and the
fact I had been doing it for five years." Gregg said Whedon provided
insight into his character's backstory, particularly about Coulson
being a fan of Captain America.
Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill:
An agent with S.H.I.E.L.D. who works closely with Jackson's Nick
Fury. Smulders, whom Joss Whedon once considered for his unproduced
live-action Wonder Woman film, was selected from a short list of
potential actresses including Morena Baccarin. Smulders' deal would
integrate her into nine films. Regarding her preparation,
Smulders said, "I hired this amazing black-ops trainer to teach me
how to hold a gun, take me to a shooting range, how to hit, how to
hold myself, how to walk and basically how to look. I don't do a ton
of fighting in the movie, which is why I wasn't offered a trainer,
but I wanted to look like I had the ability to." On relating to the
character, Smulders said, "I can relate to her being a mom and being
a businesswoman and trying to work full-time and raising a family
and having a career. We're asked to do a lot of things these days. I
feel she is just all about her job and keeping things going."
Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Erik Selvig:
An astrophysicist and a friend of Thor under Loki's control, who is
studying the Tesseract's power. Regarding Loki's control over Selvig,
Skarsgård said, "Well with the scene we did in Thor, it was like
Loki, one way or the other, entered Erik's mind. And in Avengers,
you will see more clarity in how Loki is using Erik's mind." About
his role, he said, "[My character] is of importance but the size of
the role is not big."
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury:
The director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who was revealed in previous films to
be coordinating the "Avengers Initiative". Jackson was brought to
the project with a deal containing an option to play the character
in up to nine Marvel films. Jackson said he does more in The
Avengers than in any of the previous films: "You don't have to wait
until the end of the movie to see me". About the role, Jackson said,
"It's always good to play somebody [who] is a positive in society as
opposed to somebody who is a negative. . . I tried to make him as
honest to the story and as honest to what real-life would seem."
Jackson compared the character to Ordell in Jackie Brown, calling
him "a nice guy to hang out with. You just don't want to cross him".
Gwyneth Paltrow and Maximiliano Hernández reprise their roles from
previous films as Pepper Potts and Jasper Sitwell, respectively.
Paul Bettany returns to voice Jarvis. Frequent Whedon collaborator
Alexis Denisof portrays the Other, and Damion Poitier portrays his
master, Thanos (unnamed in the film) in a post-credit scene. Powers
Boothe and Jenny Agutter appear as members of the World Security
Council. Avengers co-creator Stan Lee has a cameo appearance in a
news report. Harry Dean Stanton cameos as a security guard, and
Polish film director Jerzy Skolimowski appears as Georgi Luchkov,
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