Someone joked in an ‘Avengers’ forum that you could basically see the entire movie if you stitched together all of the trailers, clips, TV spots, photos and posters that have been released as part of the film’s massive marketing push. With less than two weeks to go before the movie finally hits theaters on May 4, we figured we’d assemble (pun most definitely intended) all those trailers, clips, TV spots, photos and posters for you in spot to help get you (even more) excited for 'The Avengers'.

Joss Whedon directs ‘The Avengers,’ a mighty Marvel mash up that unites – for the first time on screen – Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) under the S.H.I.E.L.D. banner to defend our planet from the powerful Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

The process started way back in 2008, when Jon Favreau inserted Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) into a post-credits scene at the end of ‘Iron Man.’ The process continued through the various Marvel origin stories, concluding with Cap waking up in modern-day New York City at the end of last summer’s ‘The First Avenger.’ Someone did us a favor by compiling that post-credit footage into one handy clip below:

 

Trailers

From there, it was up to Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures to begin revving up the ‘Avengers’ marketing machine, and man, did that puppy hit high gear. After bringing the entire cast on stage at Comic-Con 2010, the studio started teasing footage. In October 2011, the first teaser trailer dropped, telling us how the heroes would unite and giving audiences the slightest glimpse of the CGI Hulk.

 

Clips

Marvel slowly rolled out five clips from the film, some highlighting the quieter moments in the film and others showing off our heroes doing what they do best: kicking some ass.

 

TV Spots

That gave way to the ‘Avengers’ Super Bowl spot at the start of 2012, the first real blast of action that also boasted Tony Stark’s killer comeback (“We have a Hulk”) and featured the flying green giant as he smashed something out of the sky. Later, Marvel would keep its fanbase busy with countless TV spots meant to tease the action in store for May 4. In the process, each team member pretty much had his or her time to shine.

 

Photos

Massive photo galleries made their way online, giving up intricate shots of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in battle. The released photos are a good sampling of both behind-the-scenes shots and stills from the movie (the majority of which, you can click to enlarge).

Posters

Of course there were plenty of posters released for the film and it's many characters.  You can click on each of these posters below to enlarge.

World Premiere

Content that they’d established dominance over the start of the summer movie season, Marvel appeared to lay back. Whedon and crew put the finishing touches on the 3D blockbuster as Marvel geared up for its April 18 world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.  You can click below to see all the photos from the red carpet.

 

Even after the film's Hollywood premiere came news. At the press conference following the premiere, Downey Jr. coyly hinted to a rabid press corps that they might, in fact, be filming one more scene before the picture reaches theaters on May 4. That report was kind of denied by Marvel President Kevin Feige, but we’ll still be on the lookout for a post-credit sequence teasing either ‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Thor 2’ or the further adventures of ‘Captain America.’

Needless to say, ‘The Avengers’ has done everything in its power to let rabid fans, casual viewers and senior citizens who still think Hawkeye is a character on the long-defunct sitcom ‘M*A*S*H’ know that it’s coming.

Now that they’ve built it, will people come? Count on it. As we reported earlier, tracking numbers for Whedon’s blockbuster were ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ and Christopher Nolan’s first Batman sequel, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Indications say ‘Avengers’ is going to be about as big as they come. All that’s left is for Marvel and Disney to … you know, put the movie in theaters so we can start watching it!

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