'The Avengers': First teaser image includes possibly pants-less Hulk

avengers-teaser-poster.jpgMarvel released a licensing image from the upcoming "The Avengers" film at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas, offering the first real glimpse of the characters, in their current incarnations, together.

An artist's rendering, Captain America ( Chris Evans), Hawkeye ( Jeremy Renner), Thor ( Chris Hemsworth) Black Widow ( Scarlett Johansson) and Iron Man ( Robert Downey Jr.) are all pictured. But we've also seen them all in character before, so we're most interested in Mark Ruffalo as Hulk.

This is his first time playing the role, stepping in for previous Bruce Banners, Edward Norton and Erica Bana. It's hard to discern in the image (via io9), but it does appear to be the first Ruffalo'd Hulk. And one detail is particularly of note...

He's not wearing pants.

Yes, we acknowledge, given his propensity for low-riding cut-offs, that Hulk's clothes could be just obscured by Thor's cape -- but it really looks like they chose to color him in the buff.

Excited for this first look at "The Avengers" team together? Equally excited at the prospect of naked Mark Ruffalo? Calm yourself with this slightly dated (but completely awesome) MTV News clip of Ruffalo donning Hulk hands...



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