May 3, 2011 — Since Marvel first revealed the "assembled" cast of its upcoming The Avengers at last summer's Comic-Con, news about the movie has been, at times, overwhelming. It's also been filled with lots of rumors and the occasional fact.
Now that production started on The Avengers last week (and was then rumored to have been halted after a copy of Samuel L. Jackson's script was stolen), we thought it time to create an Avengers guide to see what's going on (so far) in 2012's multi-superhero movie. Especially since Marvel is releasing two more movies this summer that feature Avengers characters — May 6's Thor and July 22's Captain America: The First Avenger.
We've rounded up details about "What we know so far," "What to expect in The Avengers," and what the actors have said about their characters. Click through for extensive details on Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Loki, and Agents Phil Coulson and Maria Hill.