The Avengers

PG-13 2012 | 143 mins | Action Adventure
Why settle for a single superhero, when you can have an all-star team? S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury brings together the perfect cast of characters (as does film director and co-writer Joss Whedon) to defend the world from utter destruction, in a blow-em-up blockbuster full of thrills, laughs and super sweet gadgets.

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  1. Avengers assemble (quickly!): this is the fastest film in history to gross a billion dollars.
  2. Move over, Katniss: Jeremy Renner trained with Olympic-level archers to hone Hawkeye's bow and arrow skills.
  3. They're doing something right: this was the fifth Marvel film to pick up an Oscar nomination for visual effects, along with the first two Spider-Man and Iron Man flicks.
  4. Good company: The Avengers cast features a slew of Oscar nominated actors, including Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and the lone winner, Gwyneth Paltrow.
  5. You're gonna have to lose the beard: Joaquin Phoenix was rumored as an early contender to play Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk.
  6. Donuts don't work? Chris Hemsworth joked that he had to eat his body weight in high-protein foods like steak, eggs, chicken breasts and fish to maintain Thor's muscle-bound physique.
  7. Assemble the candles! Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson were both born on November 22nd, albeit seventeen years apart.
  8. Third time's a charm: this is the third film to feature both Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, after Iron Man 2 and The Spirit.
  9. Third time's a charm, too: Scarlett also previously worked with Chris Evans in The Perfect Score and The Nanny Diaries.
  10. Listen carefully and you'll hear TV's original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, supplying the Hulk's screams. Filmmakers actually blended his voice with Mark Ruffalo's to create hybrid grunts and growls.
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