Avengers, you may now Assemble.

With all of the news coming out of San Diego over the past few days, it’s hard to decided where to begin.  Marvel was the powerhouse presenter, and they had some great news.

To kick off the Marvel panel on Saturday the 24th, Kevin Feige, Marvel’s President of Production, presented a teaser for Captain America.   Following that, director Joe Johnston and stars Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving came out to talk about the film.  A clip of Weaving as Johann Schmidt (not quite yet The Red Skull) followed, much to the joy of the crowd.  The clip gave us a brief glimpse at the WWII period that will dominate the majority of the film, but most importantly, it presented a link to Marvel’s other 2011 release, Thor.

footage form Thor followed, giving a much broader look at that film.  The footage included clips of Thor’s expulsion for Asgard, his detainment by SHIELD Agent Coulson, and his budding relationship with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).  To close out the footage, the legendary Destroyer Armor made an appearance.

Needless to say, every fanboy and girl was ecstatic to see these sneak peeks at Marvel’s future projects.

But Marvel wasn’t done.  To cap off their awe-inspiring panel, they brought out the cast of their most ambitious project to date, 2012’s The Avengers.  In addition to introducing fan-favorites like Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson, two new additions to the cast were finally confirmed.  After months of speculation, Jeremy Renner was finally announced as the actor chosen to portray Clint Barton/Hawkeye, the Avengers’s resident expert archer.  And also, Mark Ruffalo was brought out as the new Bruce Banner/The Hulk for the film.  The assembled cast then posed for a fanboy-gasm-inducing photo op.

Left to Right: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Clark Gregg (SHIELD Agent Coulson), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), director Joss Whedon, and Kevin Feige, Marvel’s President of Production.  (Image courtesy of www.comingsoon.net)

I don’t know about you, but I am one excited fan.

Captain America is due in theaters on July 22nd, 2011, Thor is due on May 6th, 2011, and The Avengers will hit on May 4th, 2012. 

Written by: Rob "T3K" Piontek

Rob is excited to be contributing to The Fridge. With one finger on the pulse of Marvel/DC and another on that of Hollywood's superhero franchises, no multi-issue arc or casting rumor is too small to report. When Rob opens The Fridge, the light inside shines green!

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