'The Avengers' kicks off summer movie season

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- It's one of the most-anticipated movies of the summer and it opens this weekend -- 'The Avengers.'

Directed by Joss Whedon, the movie brings together an all-star cast of comic-book heroes and a stellar cast to play them.

Robert Downey Jr. -- Tony Stark / Iron Man

Chris Evens -- Steve Rogers / Captain America

Mark Ruffalo -- Bruce Banner / The Hulk

Chris Hemsworth -- Thor

Scarlett Johansson -- Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

Jeremy Renner -- Clint Barton / Haweye

Samuel L. Jackson -- Nick Fury

"The Avengers" is rated PG-13. It's 142 minutes.