SCOOP: Big Explosions, Destruction & Tom Hiddleston on THE AVENGERS New York City Set

Pershing Square in New York City was used as a main filming location for Marvel Studios' ensemble superhero film which is scheduled for theatrical release on May 4th, 2012.

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Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, Marvel’s The Avengers brings together the mightiest super hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time. Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers is the super hero team up of a lifetime. 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.

Filming for The Avengers over Labor Day weekend mostly took place in New York City's Pershing Square -- in the Grand Central Terminal area -- and these images and video spotlight the collateral damage caused by a yet to be revealed threat (photos courtesy of Ron Gejon; video courtesy of Giovanni Colantonio):

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"A pretty cool, smokey explosion from The Avengers set in NYC (42nd Street). Shot with a big crane, swooping from over from the bridge above the plaza. Shots before this one featured extras looking up to the sky, and looking shocked. Lots of crane shots." - GC

Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as Thor, Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Captain America, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are Alright) as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2) as Black Widow, Clark Gregg (Iron Man, Thor) as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) as Nick Fury. The star studded cast of super heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as Tom Hiddleston (Wallander) and Stellan Skarsgård (Angels & Demons, Mamma Mia!) who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the upcoming Marvel Studios’ feature Thor. The Avengers is scheduled for theatrical release in the US on May 4th, 2012.