The Avengers

The Avengers is set to kick off the summer movie season.

Ever since Samuel L. Jackson showed up as Nick Fury in a bonus scene at the end of 2008’s Iron Man, comic fanboys have been giddy with anticipation for an Avengers movie. And Marvel, knowing its audience, has successfully strung together four more superhero flicks (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger) with a single intertwined story arc leading to this summer’s mashup, The Avengers, opening May 4. (Note: This is the point where we’re all supposed to pretend they didn’t have to replace Edward Norton as the Hulk.) In case anyone missed the first four films or simply want to rewatch them to get fired up for a midnight showing of The Avengers, SIFF will host a Marvel-aton starting April 30. Each night will feature a different hero, with the highlight being Tuesday’s Iron Man double feature (as Iron Man remains the best film in the series, naturally). All the movies will be introduced either by real-life superheros featured in the upcoming documentary Citizen Heroes or cast members of the comedic superhero webseries The Collectibles.

Here’s the action-packed lineup:

Apr 30 at 8The Incredible Hulk
May 1 at 7Iron Man Double Feature
May 2 at 8:30Thor in 3D
May 3 at 8:30Captain America: The First Avenger in 3D

Avengers Assemble
Apr 30–May 3, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, tickets ($5–$10) on sale now at siff.net.