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fig.: Director, screenplay writer Joss Whedon and actress Scarlett Johansson (the 'Black Widow') behind the scenes of the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers'. Photo: Zade Rosenthal; (C) 2011 MVLFFLLC. TM & (C) 2011 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Alexandra Byrne is the costume Designer of 'The Avengers'. She won the Oscar for 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' (2007, with Cate Blanchett) and was responsible for the costume design of 'Thor' (2011).

Comic figures team up again

...and fight against the evil in the upcoming movie 'The Avengers' (release in spring 2012).

Only one woman is part of the seven members superheros team under the organisation of a superspy in the new movie 'The Avengers' - and even this one, the 'Black Widow' (played by Scarlett Johansson) is defined over her superhero name by a man; well - a dead man.

Natasha Romanoff is the 'real' name of the fictional figure 'Black Widow' which was created by three men and premiered in the mid-1960s in a Marvel Comics. 'The Avengers' teamed up for the first time in 1963.

The comic figure of female superhero 'Black Widow' was attributed through the years with various occupations such as teacher, fashion designer, or ballerina. Find out more on

Video: Official trailer 'The Avengers' (2012). Cast - the links on the name of the superheros lead to the descriptions of the superheros on the website of Marvel Comics: Samuel L. Jackson is the superspy and head of the international peace organisation S.H.I.E.L.D. 'Nick Fury'; the genius in high-tech armor 'Iron Man' is played by Robert Downey Jr.; Chris Hemsworth is 'Thor' from Asgard who is known for his powerful hammer; Scarlett Johansson in the role of the 'Black Widow'; Mark Ruffalo alias green 'Hulk'; Chris Evans is 'Captain America' who carries a protective shield; etc.
According to IMDB, the release begins on 25 April in Australia, Belgium, France, Italy...

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