When an unexpected enemy emerges who threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, the director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team of superheroes to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.
[*]Jeremy Renner was said to be taking archery lessons for his role as Hawkeye.
[*]Edward Norton was to reprise his role as Bruce Banner but left due to negotiation problems with Marvel.
[*]A rumour was circulating that Eva Longoria was approached to play The Wasp. She denied any kind of partnership.
[*] In October, The Walt Disney Company agreed to pay Paramount at least $115 million for the worldwide distribution rights to The Avengers.
[*]The cast became good friends while filming so if all the actors happened to be filming scenes together in the same place, they would go out together after.
[*]Director Joss Whedon had earlier been considered to direct X-Men in the 1990s. A big fan of the X-Men, he even wrote a script, from which only two lines made it into the film.
[*]This will be the first Marvel film to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
[*]The film was converted to 3D during post-production for the theatrical release.
[*]Mark Ruffalo states it was an honour to take over as Bruce Banner from his friend Edward Norton: "Ed has bequeathed this part to me, I look at it as my generation's Hamlet."
[*]Despite the fact that the Paramount had no involvement in producing the film, neither in marketing or distributing, the Paramount Pictures logo still appears in advertising.
Directed by Joss Whedon
May 4 2012