‘The Avengers’ to close Tribeca Film Festival


Chris Hemsworth portrays Thor, left, and and Chris Evans portrays Captain America in a scene from "The Avengers.” (Zade Rosenthal/AP/Disney)

“I’m thoroughly psyched to be closing the festival with our intimate little think-piece,” director Joss Whedon joked in the release. Tribeca co-founder and film producer Jane Rosenthal called the film “an exciting ride that absolutely transports audiences” and ”the perfect way to end [the] 11th festival.”

The screening event will be attended by “local heroes” from the police force, fire department and U.S. military, according to the release. This is a fitting tribute, considering Rosenthal, actor Robert De Niro and real estate investor and philanthropist Craig Hatkoff founded the festival in response to 9/11’s effect on Lower Manhattan.

As you may already know, thanks to the film’s Comic-Con panel and many trailers,“The Avengers” brings together Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and other Marvel superheroes to save the world from an alien race. It opens nationwide May 4.

The Jason Segel-Emily Blunt rom-com “The Five Year Engagement” will open the festival, which begins on April 18 and ends on the 28th.

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