Oscars 2013: ‘The Avengers’ cast to join forces at ceremony

Feb. 06, 2013 | 11:20 a.m.

Chris Hemsworth, left, as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Disney / Marvel Entertainment)

Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man 2." (Francois Duhamel / Marvel Entertainment / Paramount Pictures)

Chris Evans plays the title character in "Captain America: The First Avenger." (Marvel Entertainment / Paramount Pictures)

Samuel L. Jackson stars as Nick Fury in "Iron Man 2." (Marvel Entertainment / Paramount Pictures)

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in "Iron Man 2." (Francois Duhamel / Marvel Entertainment / Paramount Pictures)

Jeremy Renner will play Hawkeye in "The Avengers." (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

Gwyneth Paltrow plays Pepper Potts in "Iron Man 2." (Francois Duhamel / Marvel Entertainment / Paramount Pictures)

Cast of ‘The Avengers,” assemble! You have been summoned to the  Oscars.

Members of “The Avengers” cast including Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will gather together to present at the Hollywood awards show, the show’s producers announced Wednesday.

But the super group of actors will not be complete: Scarlett Johansson is currently busy with her Broadway show “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” a spokeswoman from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences told The Times.

Chris Hemsworth, who stars in the film  “Thor: The Dark World,” set to come out in November, also will not be part of the group.

Although none of “The Avengers” actors is up for an Oscar this year, many of them have been nominees in the past.

Downey was nominated in 1993 for his lead role in “Chaplin” and again in 2009 for his supporting role in “Tropic Thunder.” Jackson was nominated in 1995 for his supporting role in “Pulp Fiction.” And Renner was nominated in 2010 for his leading role in “The Hurt Locker” and in 2011 for his supporting role in “The Town.”

The full cast of “The Avengers” will be assembling again in the next year or two to shoot the sequel to the first “Avengers” film, currently known simply as “The Avengers 2,” to be written and directed by Joss Whedon and slated for a 2015 release.

– Deborah Netburn

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