Here in the States, we are now officially one month away from the release of Marvel Studio’s The Avengers, as is being brought to life on the big screen under the watchful eye of writer/director Joss Whedon. What better way to celebrate the “occasion” than by watching the first official clip unveiled from the comic book movie juggernaut?

There are also new Avengers character wallpapers available for viewing (and downloading), for all you out there who’ve been waiting for high-resolution images of characters like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, or S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Black Widow to set as your computer’s background. Speaking of ScarJo’s Marvel universe alter ego…

The first Marvel-sanctioned clip released from Avengers picks up with the Black Widow, a.k.a. Natalie Rushman and/or Natasha Romanoff (a.k.a. actress Scarlett Johansson) on a covert mission where she’s been “captured,” tied to a chair and “interrogated” by what appears to be a Russian ex-general/war criminal and his thugs – and no, that’s not secretly the description for a scene from The Avengers adult film parody. Moving on…

Marvel made a wise decision by selecting this scene as the first to unveil from The Avengers. It offers a nice taste of Whedon’s trademark quippy dialogue for those not familiar with his previous work (see: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), features a welcome appearance from everyone’s favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. employee, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) – as nonchalantly professional as ever – and involves Black Widow kicking some serious butt in a somewhat more grounded (and less cheesy) fashion that she did during her (in)famous hallway fight scene in Iron Man 2.

That’s all to say: we remain as psyched as ever to see the additional 134 minutes (or so) of Marvel’s biggest superhero movie to date.

The Avengers Character Wallpapers

Shifting gears a bit here – thanks to Wyndham Rewards’ Avengers marketing tie-in (just one part of the film’s $100 million promotional campaign), we can offer ten new character wallpapers featuring the film’s most important players – ranging from pure-hearted Captain America (Chris Evans) to sociopathic, but sympathetic Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

On a related note: We’ve approved of the Hulk’s Mark Ruffalo-based design prior to now, but the giant green man looks downright fantastic in this new wallpaper. Kudos to The Avengers‘ digital effects team for making the superhero look just as “realistic” in still form as when he’s frog-hopping around skyscrapers and bashing in alien skulls.

See what we mean by scrolling those the Avengers gallery below (click each image for a larger version):

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman/Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.

Look for The Avengers to hit theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) around the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.

Source: Marvel, Wyndham Rewards [via Coming Soon]