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The Incredible Hulk (voiced by Lou Ferrigno) stars in Walt Disney Pictures' The Avengers.
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ěMarvel's The Avengersî BLACK WIDOW (Scarlett Johansson) (L) and HAWKEYE (Jeremy Renner) (R) Ph: Zade Rosenthal © 2011 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2011 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.
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ěMarvel's The Avengersî Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in ěMarvelís The Avengers,î opening in theaters on May 4, 2012. The Joss Whedonńdirected action-adventure is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. © 2011 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2011 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.
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ěMarvel's The Avengersî Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) join forces in ěMarvelís The Avengers,î opening in theaters on May 4, 2012. The Joss Whedonńdirected action-adventure is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and also stars Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. © 2011 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2011 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.


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The Avengers A-Team



These Avengers appear in the coming film — and all have appeared in previous films — but they all have decades-long histories in Marvel comic books. Here's a look at their stories.

Iron Man

THE EVOLUTION OF SUPERHEROES

Superheroes went through a revival in the 1950s, which culminated in the creation of the Justice League of America, a team consisting of Batman, Superman and other DC Comics heroes.
Stan Lee created characters such as the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Thor and many, many others for Marvel Comics.

Team books became popular in the early 1960s. Fantastic Four debuted in 1961 and X-Men and The Avengers both debuted in September 1963.
In the Avengers book, existing characters Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor and Hulk teamed up to fight Loki, the brother of Thor. Loki tricks Hulk into destroying a railroad track and attempts to get Thor to fight Hulk. Thor brings Iron Man, Ant-Man and Wasp to the fight, and they end up battling Loki.

Iron Man got his own film in 2008, which included a post-credits scene where S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) visits Iron Man at home. Fury tells him, “You think you're the only superhero in the world? ... You've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet ... I'm here to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative.”

The excitement generated from that scene coupled with the success of “Iron Man” caused Marvel Enterprises to announce the development of “The Avengers” film as well as a series of films featuring other Avengers characters. Leading up to Friday's release of “The Avengers” have been successful films “Iron Man 2,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

Who is he? Wearing an advanced suit of weaponry and armor, Tony Stark is Iron Man.

In the films: After being captured in the Middle East in “Iron Man,” the rich and brilliant Stark builds a suit of armor to escape. Later, he builds an even more advanced suit to fight off terrorists. He's the first person S.H.I.E.L.D. spy agency leader Nick Fury recruits to be an Avenger. He fought off Whiplash in “Iron Man 2.”

In the comics: Iron Man was a founding Avenger when he randomly teamed up with Thor, Ant Man, Wasp and Hulk. In the comics, Stark has built countless suits and has battled alcohol addiction.

First appearance: “Tales of Suspense” No. 39, 1963

Hulk

Who is he? A big, green wrecking machine.

In the films: “Incredible Hulk” shows Bruce Banner on the run from government agents trying to capture him and do research on his super-strength.

In the comics: Bruce Banner was exposed to gamma radiation and, when he gets angry, turns into the Hulk. The Hulk has been smart, stupid, green, gray and even red.

First appearance: “Incredible Hulk” No. 1, 1962

Thor

Who is he? The Norse god of thunder.

In the films: In “Thor,” the thunder god fights battles with frost giants in Asgard, goes to Earth where he loses his powers (and his magic hammer) and fights with his brother, the trickster Loki.

In the comics: Thor is banished to Earth, where he lives as respected doctor Donald Blake. When Blake taps his cane on the ground, it becomes the magic hammer Mjolnier and Blake becomes Thor. Loki confronted Thor, who teamed up with other heroes to defeat him, and the Avengers were born.

First appearance: “Journey Into Mystery” No. 83, 1962

Black Widow

Who is she? A secret agent highly skilled in seduction and assassination.

In the films: She works for Tony Stark in “Iron Man 2,” but is really a secret agent for S.H.I.E.L.D.

In the comics: Natalia Romanova started out as a bad girl working for the Soviet KGB. She eventually defected to the United States and began working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.

First appearance: “Tales of Suspense” No. 52, 1964

Hawkeye

Who is he? A deadly-accurate archer with an arsenal of special (exploding, heat-seaking, etc.) arrows.

In the films: In “Thor,” the god of thunder breaks into a government facility run by S.H.I.E.L.D. In order to stop him, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clint Barton grabbed a bow instead of a gun.

In the comics: At first, Hawkeye was seduced by Black Widow into attacking Iron Man. He later regretted the decision and made an effort to join the Avengers.

First appearance: “Tales of Suspense” No. 57, 1964

Captain America

Who is he? Clad in red, white and blue, he's a leader of the Avengers.

In the films: In “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the story followed his fight against the technology-loving, mad-genius Nazi, Red Skull.

In the comics: The army recruits scrawny Steve Rogers and gives him a super soldier serum that turns him into Captain America. Cap wasn't a founding Avenger, but was one of the team's first recruits.

First appearance: “Captain America Comics” No. 1, 1941


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