New ‘Avengers’ Images Feature Off-Duty Superheroes

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A synergistic marketing campaign for The Avengers is just getting underway, but fans have already been promised sick goods, such as a pristine collectible statuette of Iron Man’s Mark VII armor, toyline versions of iconic S.H.I.E.L.D. transports like the Quinjet – and a snazzy 3D poster that features the eponymous team in battle form.

Today’s bit of Avengers promotion comes in the form of five new images, officially unveiled by Marvel. A chunk of these previously popped up online in scanned form, as they are included in a forthcoming subscribers edition of Empire Magazine – the same one that features Kevin Feige’s provocative comments concerning just who The Avengers‘ secret baddies are – but, fortunately, we now have high-definition, non-bootlegged versions to share.

The latest batch of Avengers photos feature almost the entire main crew of the film (save for Chris Hemsworth as Thor). However, with the exception of Black Widow/Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) and S.H.I.E.L.D. head Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) everyone else is minus their trademark crime-fighting outfits.

Still, any new pics are welcome while we wait for more footage from The Avengers to be unveiled – and who knows, maybe there are several fans out there who’ve just been dying for a closeup of the scorch marks around Fury’s eyepatch – or a better look at Jeremy Renner’s veiny forearms – so here they are, for your viewing pleasure:

On a somewhat different note: no one denies that Avengers has the potential to be a game-changer, in terms of both the idea that comic book movies can take place in a shared universe AND how it will affect Marvel’s upcoming slate of films. Rampant discussions about how much impending sequels such as Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 will be standalone features – and to what degree they will share narrative continuity with Avengers – are already taking place around the Interwebs, several months before writer/director Joss Whedon’s superhero ensemble flick even reaches theaters.

Similarly, there’s already a good deal of speculation going on about which Marvel comic characters will be making the jump to the big screen after 2013. Recent reports indicated that Captain America 2 may arrive in 2014, but popular second and third tier Marvel creations (Ant-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, etc.) are also heavily rumored to finally be realized in live-action form that year. Expect both the critical AND financial reception for Marvel’s Avengers “experiment” to have an impact on which of those character vehicles gets the green light next.


The Avengers is slated to hit 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.

Source: Marvel

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  1. here’s what I think about each pic…
    Stark and Banner: nothing new… boring.
    Hawkeye and Widow: sitting very closely and making googley eyes at each other… pretty obvious how that’s gonna play out — good pic though (I’m guessing it’s going to be one of the few “calm” scenes of the movie)
    Nick Fury in the hellicarier: Sam Jackson looks awesome, powerful and ready to kick some a**.
    Nick Fury and Cap: awesome pic (Nice nostalgic feel to it). I just wonder what’s in that file… ;)
    Nick Fury’s close-up: don’t know what’s going on with that eye of his… If you zoom into any other picture of Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury, he doesn’t have so much damage around the eye… I’m curious to know if that’s story related (maybe it start to swell up if he doesn’t take his medication – perhaps a version of the infinity formula), or if the make-up team just didn’t care about the details.

    • Samuel L. Jackson IS Nick Fury. Just as…
      Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark.

      Those two are cast perfectly. Now if only Marvel could sort the rest of the cast out :L

      • IMO, Hemsworth is perfectly cast as Thor, and Hiddleston is perfectly cast as Loki… and Evans is a good casting choice as Cap.
        Black Widow could have gotten someone better suited (someone who can pull off an accent), but I’m not complaining about her either.

        I have no problems with the cast… it’s one of the things I admire most about Marvel Studios (they always get the right guy for the job – IMO).

  2. I gotta say, after Jules Winfield, this is Samuel L. Jackson’s best persona.

  3. “Similarly, there’s already a good deal of speculation going on about which Marvel comic characters will be making the jump to the big screen after 2013.”

    Would love to see the Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk introduced in an upcoming Hulk movie. However, it would seem that I’ll be waiting until the end of time for this one.

    • oops scratch that “the” before Jennifer Walters. :)

  4. oh man it looks like Hawkeye might be gettig some…ass. yeah get some.

  5. About so called “second or third tier heroes”or minor heroes. I will quote stan lee “there are no minor heroes in the marvel universe.”

  6. A few articles at SR keep referencing that the success of the Avengers ‘experiment’ will affect the other potential movies. Could you enumerate the scenarios? So are you saying, if the Avengers doesn’t do well, Dr. Strange is less likely? To me it would seem more of how much budget they will give other future franchises. I don’t know.

    • Basically, we’re speaking in terms of whether or not Marvel continues to press ahead with the “shared universe” plan post-Avengers – not to mention, which characters will make the jump to the big screen next, in part as a result of what goes down plot-wise in The Avengers.

    • If Avengers does flop, then movies like Dr. Strange or Blade might not set up a shared universe leading to a group movie (Midnight Sons).

  7. Pics look good but I really want a new trailer!

    • yeah i wanna see a new trailer too

    • Probably won’t see it til the Superbowl.

      • i heard it will be attached to Ghost rider on the 17th

  8. i dunno how i feel about the amount of purple Mark Ruffalo’s Banner is wearing…

    to my recollection they didn’t really play up the purple with Norton’s Hulk…bar the one scene where he asking for bigger purple pants “mas….stretchy…”

    i mean its not like everything that Evan’s wears outside of the costume is red white and blue

    same goes for stark not wearing red and gold when not in his armor….

  9. I don’t know if I’m the only one who noticed Black Widow’s belt buckle, which is in the shape of a black widow’s red spot. I know its not exactly important, but I just thought it was kinda interesting.

    • The character’s name is “The Black Widow”, so it only stands to reason that her belt buckle should have the classic hourglass mark that’s seen on black widow spiders ;)
      IMO, they didn’t really do that well-a-job with the belt buckle… it almost looks like a rectangle, not an hourglass shape (in the comics, Widows belt-buckle looks like an hourglass, and if you google “black widow spider”, you’ll see most of em also have an hourglass shape on their backs)

  10. My thoughts on the Avengers movie, Loki, The Red Skull, and THANOS will be in the movie. The “Alien” army will Probally be the ci’ tari from the ultimate avengers animated movie. If not them, something like that. Spider man will have a cameo. Along with Carol Danvers agent of S.H.E.I.L.D. Marvels 20 year plan is going to be a build up to an ULTIMATE ALLIANCE
    MOVIE !!!!!! It will be everyone taking on Thanos with the infinity gauntlet !!!! Thanos won’t be able to just blink anyone out of existance. Cap, spider man, iron man, nick fury, and others will die in the battle. Hulk is seriously wounded. Thanos is tricked and the gauntlet taken. Only when Thor puts the gauntlet on does he finally finish off Thanos. Thor with the infinity gauntlet will be able to alter reality in order to bring back the heros who died. What say you ???? Also cool pics !!!!

    • Can’t tell if you’re joking, but in case you aren’t, let me just shoot down some of those ideas ;)
      -Spider-Man won’t have a cameo. The movie rights are owned by Sony, and they wouldn’t just “lend” their property to another studio’s movie.
      -Cap, Iron Man, Nick Fury “and others” WON’T die in the movie, since all those characters have plans for sequels (can’t really have IM3 next year if he’s dead ;))
      -To my knowledge, Red Skull won’t be in the movie – Feige denied rumors that Red Skull would be in the movie, and the actor who played RS also said he won’t be making an appearance (they might reference the Red Skull though)
      -IF Thanos is in the movie, it’ll only be a cameo (the movie will be WAY too crazy with so many villains).
      Lastly, and Ultimate Alliance movie couldn’t happen since about half of the characters needed for a movie like that are owned by other studios.

  11. I’m guessing that at least one of the images we suspect to be from a Hellicarrier scene will actually be from a Project Pegasus scene.

    I also think suspect that this movie will set-up at leastthe one of the future Marvel efforts in a way that hasn’t yet been hinted at.

    Finally, even though the official word is that there won’t be any character cameos, who’s to say we know all the major players for this movie? For all we know, Dr. Strange or the Pyms could be off fighting a related battle away from the others (meaning their scenes could’ve been filmed separate from those with the main stars).

  12. Nick Fury looks cool.