Tickets for May 3 midnight shows of Marvel’s The Avengers have gone on sale, and as shows start to sell out, Marvel is releasing character posters from the film. The posters are largely recycled versions of images we’ve seen in the past, or variations on familiar poses, but if you’re hoping to see the film as early as possible you can check the map above, and follow through to get tickets now. More info on that, as well as a gallery of the currently released character posters, is found below.

The Avengers Facebook page has the info on ticket sales; as more shows sell out perhaps we’ll start to see character posters that feature less-familiar images.

Joss Whedon directs the film, which stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, and many more.

The Avengers opens for daytime and evening showings on May 4.

Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “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 Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012. In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

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