Just in time for San Diego Comic-Con 2012 (and I’ll tell you why in a minute) the Second Screen App for Marvel’s “The Avengers” has been released.

Typically, past Second Screen apps have coincided with a home video release date.  The Avengers is still over 2 months away from home video release.  But with Comic-Con just around the corner, there will be an “event” that the app will be needed for.  That may also explain why a Second Screen app is available for the first time for iPhone.

If you haven’t yet heard about the “Item 47” event (that’s mentioned below) and you’re going to Comic-Con, listen up!  The app will be used to help discover clues, the clues will lead you to where the “Item 47” event will be.  The reward: A special screening of the Marvel short film “Item 47”.  This film directly ties into The Avengers movie.  If you want to read more about it, click this link and EW’s Anthony Breznican will tell you all about it.

App Overview:  

Second Screen transforms the movie watching experience by allowing viewers to explore the story behind the film perfectly synched on a second device, like an iPad™ or laptop, without interrupting their enjoyment of the movie. By accessing the Second Screen companion application on their Internet-connected device, consumers are able to dive deeper into the film by engaging with key elements of the movie.

This groundbreaking new application allows users to interact with their Blu-ray™ player by simply starting the Blu-ray movie, and then syncing Second Screen to the film automatically by following the easy on-screen instructions.  Once connected, they can explore interactive galleries, play games, and learn interesting facts about the scenes they’re watching.

Features:

Enter the S.H.I.E.L.D. database on your second screen device accessing personnel files, comic book origins and exclusive interactive content with The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen Experience. By downloading the app, you can:

  • Become a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and participate in the Item 47 Comic-Con experience either remotely or in the field.
  • Examine the confidential files of the Avengers including heroes, agents and villains.
  • Sync to the movie and explore exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive content such as visual effects labs where you can explore sequences layer by layer.
  • Seamlessly link the characters, stories, and scenes of the movie back to their comic book origins through the interactive Marvel digital reader.

View the major events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Phase 1 on the definitive timeline of all 6 movies.

Click here to get the app from the iTunes Store!