Avengers videos count the front lines

Marvel has released a bevy of new videos promoting its upcoming super hero ensemble film The Avengers.

The first is a new clip from the film. It’s a scene that we’ve seen little bits on in almost all the trailers and teasers, but here we’ve got the entire conversation. It seems Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has come to talk surrender with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), and Stark is having none of it. He rattles off a list of The Avengers’ team, while surreptitiously sneaking on a bracelet of some-kind, likely a way of notifying his team as to what’s going on.

In addition to this new clip, we’ve also got a featurette about the film called Tension, which, while it doesn’t give us any clips we haven’t seen before now, it does have a nice little voice over from director Joss Whedon, explaining the essential philosophy behind the workings of The Avengers as a team.

This other featurette called Avengers Assemble sort of covers each of the characters with some input from a few of the actors who play these parts.

Finally, we’ve got these four videos, which together represent about 20-minutes of b-roll from the film, lots of great behind-the-scenes sort of stuff going on, but no major revelations about the movie.

The film brings together all the superheroes which have thus far appeared in movies shot by the new Marvel film studio – as well as two new heroes, who will be getting their own films over the next few years. 

All are recruited to fight a great menace when Loki brings an alien army to Earth.

Much of the film revolves around the themes of leadership and teamwork. Essentially, the heroes struggle to become a cohesive unit as their personalities clash along the way.

The long-form synopsis is thus:

When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

The Avengers continues the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. 

Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when Marvel’s The Avengers assemble in summer 2012. 

The Avengers is slated to hit theaters on May 4, 2012, kicking off the summer blockbuster season.