The comic book blockbuster ‘The Avengers’ doesn’t drop until May of 2012, but Entertainment Weekly just whet the appetite of fans of the superhero team with a gallery of photos featuring Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Also included are a few shots of the star-studded cast interacting in costume on set. But perhaps the most notable of the photos is the Ruffalo headshot, in which his character Bruce Banner (the secret identity of The Hulk) shoots the camera a look of pure, unadulterated “Blue Steel” so intense it would make Zoolander himself blush. “Don’t make me be sexy. You wouldn’t like me when I’m sexy.”

Is Joss Whedon planning on taking the movie in an unexpected direction? Check out shots of the ‘Avengers’ cast in action below.

(via Entertainment Weekly)