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'The Avengers': New footage premieres at New York Comic Con

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The IGN Theater at New York Comic Con was packed with superhero aficionados psyched to get an early look at The Avengers—easily one of the biggest films of 2012. Along with a panel featuring stars Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Tom Hiddleston, fans were treated to a special sneak peek at footage from the film. We can’t show you a clip, lest Marvel send Chris Hemsworth to break our kneecaps with his hammer, but we can tell you about it.

It starts with a little girl in what appears to be India convincing Bruce Banner (Ruffalo) to help treat her ailing father. However, when they show up at the house, the girl sneaks out the window and he quickly realizes he’s been duped. The rest of the scene consisted of a confrontation between Banner and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) as the leather-outfitted S.H.I.E.L.D. operative tries to convince him to come with her without awaking the not-so-jolly green giant. It appears that Nick Fury and Co. are trying to track down the tesseract—that glowy blue cube from Captain America and (briefly) Thor—by its faint gamma radiation signature, and no one knows gamma radiation quite like Dr. Banner. There are a couple of moments where Ruffalo almost loses his cool and we feel like we might see a glimpse of the Hulk, but alas, his id is successfully suppressed.

Unsurprisingly, the Comic Con crowd lurrrved it, particularly any reference to what Banner calls “the other guy.” Producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, on the panel, hinted at the possibility of a sequel, as well as followed up on the idea of a film based on the Marvel property Guardians of the Galaxy. Also of note: The women in the room went positively bananas for Hiddleston, who reprises his role as the villainous trickster Loki in The Avengers, proving that girls do like bad boys.

Originally posted October 16 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT

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