“The Avengers” Has Canadian Debut

Red carpet is rolled out in Toronto for superhero flick.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

"The Avengers," one of the biggest films being buzzed about right now, made its Canadian premiere in Toronto on Monday.

Members of the cast were on-hand to answer media questions and attend the red carpet event, including Mark Ruffalo and Vancouver native Cobie Smulders (of "How I Met Your Mother" fame). "It's a nice change for me, an unexpected one," Ruffalo told CBC News on Monday. "I don't think one [type of film] cancels out the other, for some reason. There's an audience for this, of course, and obviously a huge audience… but little movies like 'The Kids Are Alright,' which, you know, should probably never have been able to get made, gets made. And people love it and they watch it and champion it."

"The Avengers" also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson. It is directed by Joss Whedon and, according to CBC News, the movie made $178.4 million US this past weekend in the 39 countries where it has been released.

Smulders told the 680 News staff about doing a lot of her own stunts, "I didn't get too injured. I got a little bit banged up and bruised but I really wanted to do everything that I could in this film. It was really important for me to feel like I was capable of almost all the things that Maria Hill could do. There was such a great feeling of accomplishment when I did it and I did it well." She added about being a part of such a highly-anticipated flick, "It was epic. I'm still pinching myself. I can't believe that I'm here."

The North America-wide debut of "The Avengers" will be this Friday in theatres everywhere.


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