'Avengers' arrives early for cities that gain most Facebook fans

LOS ANGELES - Facebook fans are getting an early shot to see the all-star superhero tale "The Avengers."

Disney's Marvel Studios announced Monday that it will offer advance screenings around the world in cities where "The Avengers" has gained the most fans on Facebook.

Early screenings will start with shows in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Houston and Miami on April 14, nearly three weeks before the film's May 4 U.S. debut. Admission will be free, first-come, first-served.

Marvel plans another round of early screenings in five more cities. Fans can lobby for their city on "The Avengers" Facebook page.

"The Avengers" features Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johannson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.

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