SA to get first look at The Avengers

2011-10-21 11:40
Shaheema Barodien
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.

iTunes record

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:


  • John - 2011-10-21 12:12

    This is obviously a move to curb piracy. They reckon Africans won't have the necessary technical know-how and equipment to get a decent copy of the film online. If the US gets it first, then the movie will have been pirated millions of times before it reaches SA's fair shores.

      simonarcher - 2011-10-21 15:11

      lol. No. I dont think so. We got Thor a week before the US as well, but got Captain America 2 weeks after. Dont think its got anything to do with fending off piracy.

  • kingriaan - 2012-04-04 15:51

    Its more a move to make a profit out of the long weekend sales. Just good business thats all

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