Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' will close Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival is assembling a band of superheroes, announcing Wednesday that it will close its festival April 28 with Joss Whedon's "The Avengers."
The move marks a return to superhero territory for the New York film confab, which in past years has showcased studio tent poles such as "Spider-Man 3" in addition to its lineup of independent films. The festival said it will use this year's event as an opportunity to "celebrate everyday heroes from police agencies, fire departments, first responders and various branches of the U.S. military," who will be invited to the premiere.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Samuel Jackson, "Avengers" will open May 4. The Tribeca event will serve as its New York premiere; it is scheduled to premiere in Los Angeles on April 11.
Disney is distributing the Marvel Studios film, which collects a range of superheroes from previous films as well as comic books and assembles them into a super-group of crimefighters. It co-stars Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth.
Tribeca, which will mark its 11th edition this year, kicks off on April 18 with the Jason Segel-Nicholas Stoller comedic collaboration "The Five-Year Engagement."
Photo: Chris Evans, left, and Robert Downey Jr. in "The Avengers." Credit: Marvel Studios