Peter Travers' 2012 Summer Movie Preview

From 'The Avengers' to 'The Campaign,' the season's 10 must-see flicks

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'The Avengers'
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'The Avengers'

In Theaters: May 4th

"You better know how to be funny if you want to save the world," says Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon. In a summer crowded with action heroes in comic-book drag, The Avengers stands above the herd because of the humor embedded in Whedon's DNA. He packs the movie with a staggering six Marvel marvels: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), who crack wise almost as often as they crack heads. As the scene-stealing villain, Loki, Tom Hiddleston says the only problem Whedon had directing this cast of star egos was "to get us to shut up and stop kibitzing so he could roll the cameras." The box office is already explosive. 

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