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'The Avengers' cast, including Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, appears at Comic-Con 2010

07/24/2010 by Corinne Heller

After months of speculation, the main cast of superhero film The Avengers was confirmed on Saturday as the stars stepped out before some 6,000 fans at the end of a Marvel Studios presentation at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego, California.

Samuel L. Jackson, who will reprise his role from Iron Man as Nick Fury, introduced Scarlett Johansson and Clark Gregg, who return as the Black Widow and Agent Phil Coulson, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America, the Associated Press said.

'The Avengers' cast confirmed at Comic-Con 2010

Jackson then brought out Robert Downey Jr., whose return as Iron Man was already confirmed, who presented Mark Ruffalo as The Incredible Hulk and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Joss Whedon, who also appeared, had confirmed Renner's role to OnTheRedCarpet.com earlier in the week..

"I'm writing and directing it," Whedon recently told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the pop culture convention. "There will be some avenging that takes place during the film and that's about all I can tell you. I think it's well-known that Jeremy Renner is joining us as Hawkeye, which is so exciting for me and the rest of the cast."

Renner was nominated for an Academy Award earlier this year for his performance as an elite soldier in The Hurt Locker. The 39-year-old actor has starred in lesser-known films and various television shows and has revamped and resells homes to pay the bills.

Whedon created cult shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. Renner played a vampire named Penn on an episode of Angel, a Buffy spin-off starring David Boreanaz.

Ruffalo recently starred in the film The Kids Are All Right, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening, as well as the 2004 romantic comedy 13 Going on 30 with Jennifer Garner.

"I do think that I am putting together and extraordinary powerhouse cast and I'm just so excited to be in their presence and I hope they don't kill each other, because that'd be weird," Whedon said about The Avengers.

The film is set for release on May 4, 2012. Downey Jr. told OnTheRedCarpet.com in May that Marvel Comics also plans to produce Iron Man 3

Hemsworth is also set to play Thor in a spin-off film by the same name which is, set for release on May 6, 2011. Natalie Portman, who made headlines on Friday with striking newly-released photos from her new dark ballet film Black Swan, stars as Jane Foster. A Captain America movie starring Evans is set for release on 22 July 2011.

Earlier this month, Edward Norton confirmed reports he would not reprise his role as the Incredible Hulk in The Avengers.