Heads up, fanboys and girls: Marvel has released a barrage of Avengers clips ahead of its September 25 Blu-ray/DVD street date, including the geek-baiting post-credits scene that had fans in a tizzy. No, not the one that boosted sales of shawarma around the nation; the other Easter Egg, which revealed a menacing glimpse of the real orchestrator behind Loki's invasion of Earth.
Avengers fans, fear not! You'll find no spoilers for this Friday's big tentpole herein. Just know this: You're going to want to stay through the end credits for the expected post-credits bonus scenes that Marvel Studios are known to slide into their films, because The Avengers reportedly contains not one, but two of 'em. Looks like Robert Downey Jr. wasn't lying about filming the day after the premiere! (Wait, does that mean Joss led us all astray?) Oh, fine. If you can't stand the not knowing, bang it here for details. [@thefilmcynic, SuperheroHype]
Here's a treat for Marvel fans who live for the film-bridging post-credits scenes and cameos that have connected The Incredible Hulk, the Iron Man films, Thor, and Captain America: a short starring S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) that begins to fill in the space between the different Marvel films leading into The Avengers. After the jump, watch the deadpan Agent Coulson hatch a plan to dispatch a superhero code-named "The Consultant" -- described as "arrogant and abrasive, with an utter disdain for authority." Sound familiar?
It's a Marvel movie so you knew it was coming, but still: Despite studio efforts to keep it from press in early screenings, a teaser sequence appearing at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger has leaked online. Multiple accounts and even a bootlegged video of the footage suggest that the leaks didn't come from the media, but from special public screenings held over the weekend. So why keep it from the press to begin with?