Let's be honest, here: this entire post exists solely to facilitate the publication of this incredible photograph of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, as he will appear in this summer's The Avengers. After the cut there are some new images of Jackson as well as Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, all of them engaged in pensive gazing and whatnot. There are jokes to be made and factoids to convey, but the truth is that nothing in the world matters today except for this photograph of Nick Fury.





Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures "Marvel's The Avengers"--the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon, "Marvel's The Avengers" is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series "The Avengers," first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when "Marvel's The Avengers" assemble in summer 2012.


[Via Marvel]