The official website for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers movie has been updated with a series of character banners and a little bio blurb for the main characters. I know you know that I know you know the Avengers – I mean, really, how familiar must they be by now? – but there’s some movie specific stuff in here. Just about.
Here are some excerpts that run from the extremely vaguely relevant to a bit more useful. I’ll put the pieces that interest me most in bold, but be warned that you might see minor spoilers throughout.
Fresh off of defeating enemies the world over, Stark reluctantly agreed to serve as a consultant to Nick Fury’s top-secret peacekeeping and intelligence agency known as SHIELD. Now, with a global crisis on the horizon and the fate of the world in the balance, Stark must again power up his Iron Man armor to save the world, and become a full-fledged member of The Avengers.
Now Steve Rogers finds himself alone in a modern world he hardly recognizes. When Nick Fury… calls on Rogers to help save the world again, he quickly suits up as Captain America, taking up his iconic shield and bringing his strength, leadership and no-nonsense attitude to The Avengers.
After being welcomed back Asgard as a hero, Thor must now return to Earth once again to prevent a cosmic-level catastrophe. With Mjolnir in his hand, a legendary hammer with intense power, the mighty warrior soon finds himself drawn into an unlikely alliance with… The Avengers, lending his power to their cause against his wayward brother, Loki.
Now, fearful of the damage that The Hulk could inflict, Dr. Banner chooses to live a discreet life in remote parts of the world, working to cure the sick and help the poor while trying to elude those who would take advantage of his ability to change into the enormous, green menace. When a mounting threat calls for Banner’s specialized scientific expertise… Nick Fury recruits him…
One of SHIELD’s most elite agents, Clint Barton, code-named Hawkeye, is the greatest living marksman on Earth. Armed with his weapon of choice, the recurve bow, Hawkeye fires his arsenal of custom augmented arrows, specialized for any number of specific situations, with perfect precision.
…quite possibly the world’s most skilled assassin. Armed with an extensive arsenal of specialized weapons like widow stings and cluster bombs, as well as a vast repertoire of martial arts skills, Romanoff’s unique talents makes her one of director Fury’s top agents…
When SHIELD becomes aware of an evil that threatens global safety, Fury assembles the planet’s most powerful beings and forms The Avengers.
After his bid to overthrow the throne of Asgard was thwarted by his brother Thor, the evil Loki retreated to lands unknown to plot his revenge. Not just against his brother, but against Earth, whose inhabitants Thor now protects. Loki, now returns with a nefarious plot to conquer Earth and wills top at nothing to see his vision realized. When his misuse of power threatens the entire planet, it may take more than The Avengers to stop him.
I’m not responsible for the rogue S in Black Widow or the odd comma in Loki, but any other typos are mine.
Here are the character banners, bearing the US release date of May 4th. We in the UK get the film a week earlier, on April 27th – though, Dear Disney, this does not even start to make up for the delay on The Muppets.