We've joked in the past couple months about the fact that Marvel's choice of early stills for The Avengers
, directed by Joss Whedon
and starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
and Samuel L. Jackson
, have been fairly dry. We've learned more about the movie from box art for licensed products than we have from the stills and footage released so far.