Marvel Studios released this week the first theatrical trailer for The Avengers, the superhero movie event that we've been waiting for in earnest since 2008's Iron Man. Cut to the appropriately titled Nine Inch Nails single "We're In This Together," the trailer depicts with flashy style the assemblage of heroes (and villains!) seen in previous Marvel movies like Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 1-2 and Captain America: The First Avenger. Naturally, Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury takes command of the team, whose members don't necessarily get along.

You can check the Avengers trailer out after the cut.

Directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, The Avengers opens in Summer 2012.

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, "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. In "Marvel's The Avengers," superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

[Via Marvel]