After being known for a while simply as The Avengers, publicity for the newly titled Marvel Avengers Assemble has been flying around the web like Iron Man on a mission. So we thought we’d take a closer look at the latest offering, which is supposed to whet our appetites for the April release.
If the trailers are anything to go by, there will be some good banter between the superheroes, especially coming from the Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) corner. There are bound to be some teething problems when a group such as this is put together, and thankfully for us, it should make for some hilarious viewing. With Captain America still acting like he's back in the 1940s and Tony Stark being the "genius billionaire playboy philanthropist" that he is, sparks are bound to fly - and that's even before we've discussed Thor and his huge hammer...
From this image we can see (apart from the two smouldering heroes of Thor and Captain America), two things. Firstly, they are looking upwards with apprehensive yet determined faces. This immediately suggests that their enemy will be coming from the skies down to earth and that it will be up to the Avengers to save the world. Pretty standard so far. This image also shows the trademark weapons of the heroes, both intact and ready for use. So, our heroes will not be unarmed by any means, and by their stances, they look ready to fight.
Who will that enemy be? Avengers fans will know this already - the assembled heroes will be facing evil from the corner of the power-hungry brother of Thor, Loki. Played by Tom Hiddleston, we all thought Loki's mischievous days were over after he fell into an abyss in the 2011 Thor film, however he proved to be even more wily than first thought, when he re-appeared in the post-credits scene. So, he's back and this time, by the looks of this image, he has lots of guys with guns...
As this picture shows, it won't only be the main superheroes who will be getting down and dirty fighting the bad-guys. Although in his previous appearances (Iron Man, Thor) Nick Fury has looked as though he was more about collecting the superheroes together than fighting himself, this picture shows that the lead agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. will also be kicking some butt, with a huge gun and a mean-looking stance. This version of the character comes from the Ultimate Marvel series of comics, that portrays a variety of updated and re-imagined Marvel characters. Apparently, Fury was actually based on Samuel L. Jackson, long before he was cast in the role. Lucky he was free!
Giving as good as she gets, Scarlett Johansson will be among the cast of Avengers, playing Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. She will come complete with high-tech weaponry and skin-tight black costume, and it looks as though she will be right in the midst of the action. If her performance in Iron Man 2 is anything to go by, Black Widow will be pulling absolutely no punches, apart from the ones that she dishes out, and her agility and strength will be very impressive.
Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, is a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., which in the 2008 Iron Man film, stood for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. However, it's much easier to say S.H.I.E.L.D., plus it 'conveniently' works out that it spells a cool word as well. Here, we can see Coulson showing Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, something on a computer screen. This is likely to be a task made more difficult by the fact that Thor hails from the realm of Asgard, where they don't have such new-fangled things as computers, or even coffee.
Hawkeye, seen here striding purposefully beside Captain America and Black Widow, is played by new star of the Bourne films, Jeremy Renner. He is a world-class marksman and archer, who by the looks of this picture, has everything he needs to do some sharp shooting in the enemy's direction. They all look like they are on a mission, and they all look ready for action. We look forward to seeing what the heroes can do when the film comes out on 26th April of this year.