"Marvel's The Avengers" will close the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on April 28th, it was announced today.
The film -- directed by Joss Whedon and starring an impressive gang in Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth and Samuel L. Jackson -- will open in theaters just under a week later on May 4th.
“Marvel’s The Avengers is an exciting ride that absolutely transports audiences,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival in a statement. “It is the perfect way to end our 11th Festival.”
Added director Joss Whedon: “Showing at Tribeca is both an honor and a double homecoming for me, who grew up in Manhattan, and for the movie, which wrapped production there. I’m thoroughly psyched to be closing the festival with our intimate little think-piece.”
The screening will be used as an opportunity to celebrate everyday heroes from police agencies, fire departments, first responders and various branches of the U.S. military. These local heroes will attend the screening and meet the cast.
It comes a year after the micro-budgeted Edward Burns film "Newlyweds" closed the fest, marking a significant change of pace by comparison.
The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 18-29, 2012.