October 11th, 2011
12:40 PM ET
Comic book fans were left drooling after the announcement at Comic-Con 2010 that Marvel was gathering its all-star team of superheroes together.
On Tuesday, Marvel unleashed the first trailer for their upcoming superhero blockbuster, "The Avengers.”
Directed by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon, the film tells the story of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who, in the emergence of a threat to global security, recruits a team of superheroes to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency to help save the world.
For comic book (and summer blockbuster) fans, many of these faces will be familiar from prior eponymous Marvel films, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Hulk. Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, didn't have her own film, but she did show up in her black leather suit in “Iron Man 2.” The lone newcomer is Clint Barton, also known as Hawkeye - whom you may remember from a cameo in "Thor" - played by “The Hurt Locker” star Jeremy Renner.
The Avengers must team up to fight against Loki, Thor’s brother and the villain from the first “Thor” film, who is planning to make earth his new kingdom.
Fanboys and fangirls will be eagerly waiting to see if the film lives up to its lofty expectations when it is released in theaters on May 4, 2012.
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