Terry Morrow: How do the movie and comics Avengers differ?

The Avengers have faced foes for almost 50 years. The Marvel Comics super team finally gets its own feature film this weekend.

The Avengers have faced foes for almost 50 years. The Marvel Comics super team finally gets its own feature film this weekend.

"Marvel's The Avengers"-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and ...

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference

Length: 142 minutes

Released: May 4, 2012 Nationwide

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Director: Joss Whedon

Writer: Zak Penn, Joss Whedon

More info and showtimes »

You've had 49 years to know your Avengers. If you're going to "The Avengers" movie today and don't know your green-skinned Hulk from Black Widow, we've got your recap right here.

In comics

- The Avengers comic book launched in 1963 and was an instant success. The original members for this assemblage of Marvel Comics heroes included Iron Man (in a gold-plated suit of armor), Thor, the green-skinned Hulk and lesser characters Ant-Man and Wasp.

Since then, the group has gone through dozens of members and spin-off teams (Secret Avengers and New Avengers being among the current ones).

The main team's crew includes a red-skinned Hulk (a different creature altogether), a higher-tech Iron Man and Captain America.

The Avengers joined forces because they figured their combined powers could do the world some good.

In the movies

- "The Avengers" is a collection of heroes who have starred in their own films in recent years. That line-up consists of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, the green-skinned Hulk and lower-profile heroes Black Widow and Hawkeye (she was in the "Iron Man" movies; He was in "Thor.").

The Black Widow is an agent with uncanny fighting skills. Hawkeye is the world's most-skilled archer (with the girl from "The Hunger Games" not withstanding).

These Avengers came together because of a military order.

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