Now that Summer Movie season is almost here (scary, right?), it’s fair to say that Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers came out of the gate swinging, and hasn’t stopped. Every week or so there’s been a new image or promotional item, and now that we’re less than two months away, it’s really kicking into gear. Yesterday AMC theaters announced a six film marathon of Avengers movies concluding with the new film, and now there’s heavily photo-shopped character posters (via Empire). Check them out:

There’s your team, though Mark Ruffalo is only represented in full Hulk mode. Most everyone looks horribly photoshopped, with Scarlet Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson looking like cut-out Frankensteins, and Robert Downey Jr.‘s head looking pretty pasted on. Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth look a little better, and Jeremy Renner gets to kick it in the background twice – which is better than Cobie Smulders, who just gets one. Surprisingly, Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson didn’t make the grade, nor have we yet to get a villain poster for Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki. Part of me wonders if you could cut the images together to form an effective diorama. My guess is no.

AMC will be running six Marvel movies starting Thursday May 3, leading up to a midnight showing of The Avengers. The films being shown are:

  1. Iron Man
  2. The Incredible Hulk
  3. Iron Man 2
  4. Thor 3D
  5. Captain America 3D
  6. The Avengers 3D

Honestly, that sounds pretty brutal. I rather like two of those movies, but that’s a whole lot of origins for one day. Still, it will surely sell out quickly. Tickets go on sale Sunday night, and AMC has the list of theaters and ticket info.

Joss Whedon has been out promoting Cabin in the Woods, and Collider got him for an interview where he said The Avengers is locked, it’s running at two hours fifteen minutes, and that the theatrical version is his director’s cut. At this point we’re just waiting for the film to screen, but word has already been mostly positive. So hopefully Summer 2012 kick off right.

Would you go to the six movie marathon?