Shooting Starts on Marvel's The Avengers
APRIL 27, 2011 - Just as Marvel's Thor opens in Malaysia and worldwide tomorrow, Walt Disney Studios announced that production has started on Marvel's The Avengers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The film, directed by Joss Whedon (from his own screenplay) will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City.
Robert Downey Jr returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner (of The Hurt Locker) as Hawkeye; Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right) as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Clark Gregg (of Iron Man) as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, Marvel’s The Avengers is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009. It will bring together the mightiest superhero characters on screen for the first time. The star-studded cast will be joined by Cobie Smulders (of TV's How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of SHIELD, as well as Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Prof Erik Selvig from the movie, Thor.