Cape Town - Disney South Africa, which distributes Marvel Studio movies such as Thor
and Captain America: The First Avenger
, have revealed that the highly anticipated The Avengers
will be released in South Africa a full week ahead of the US.
The superhero movie, which brings together Marvel characters Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk together on the big screen for the first time, is set for release in the US on May 4 2012, but South Africa will get to see the movie a week earlier on April 26, a day before the start of the Freedom Day public holiday long weekend.The Avengers
has been building huge buzz after the first official trailer was released and the cast attended the New York Comic Con
last weekend to answer fan questions and give those in attendance a never-before-seen look at completed scenes from the movie, which is currently in post-production.
The movie, directed by Joss Whedon, sees the Avengers assemble when Thor's villainous brother, the Norse god Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) arrives on Earth from his fantastical kingdom Asgard to destroy humanity.
Reprising their roles from previous Marvel movies are Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson.
New to the cast is Mark Ruffalo, who takes over from Edward Norton as the Incredible Hulk, and Cobie Smulders as SHIELD agent Maria Hill.The Avengers
trailer also set a new record on iTunes after it was downloaded 10 million times within 24 hours of its release.If you haven't yet, watch The Avengers trailer below: