The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival ended on Saturday night with a bang. Or perhaps more appropriately, a (Hulk) smash.

"Marvel's The Avengers" -- the superhero blockbuster that brings together Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor to save the world -- was the closing night film for the New York-based festival. Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal said she was "thrilled" to debut "The Avengers" for the New York audience, this despite the fact that some thought the film was perhaps an odd choice as a closing night selection because of its blockbuster bona fides. (As director Joss Whedon joked when the Tribeca screening was announced, "I’m thoroughly psyched to be closing the festival with our intimate little think-piece.")

"Avengers" stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders were on hand for the evening, along with many first responders from the NYPD, NYFD and other military organizations. As Downey -- the only member of the "Avengers" cast to speak before the film screened; he brought out his own microphone to the stage -- said, the first responders are the "real heroes" of New York; he dedicated the screening to them.

"I just felt it was the right idea at the right time," Downey said during the dedication. "Marvel's The Avengers" features many scenes of destruction in Manhattan, and first responders are present in the film.

Fortunately, the audience was quite pleased with Downey and Co.'s efforts. The crowd applauded multiple times during "Marvel's The Avengers" -- adorably, Cobie Smulders seemed to have her own cheering section -- and was in good spirits on the way out of the BMCC Theater in Lower Manhattan. (This despite lengthy lines to retrieve confiscated cell phones, a security measure that felt quite unnecessary considering "The Avengers" has already screened multiple times for media members, had its Los Angeles premiere, and is open overseas.)

"We love you," Downey said before the screening. For the exiting Tribeca Film Festival audience, it seemed that the feeling was mutual.

"Marvel's The Avengers" is out in theaters on Friday. Check out HuffPost's full coverage of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival by clicking here.

PHOTOS: "Marvel's The Avengers" Closes Tribeca

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  • Robert Downey Jr.

    Robert Downey Jr. (C) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

  • Mark Ruffalo

    Mark Ruffalo (2nd L) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Jennifer Grey & Clark Gregg

    Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg attend the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Cobie Smulders

    Cobie Smulders (2nd L) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Taran Killam & Cobie Smulders

    Taran Killam and Cobie Smulders attend the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Cobie Smulders

    Cobie Smulders attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Robert Downey Jr.

    Robert Downey Jr. (2nd L) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Robert Downey Jr.

    Robert Downey Jr. (R) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Tom Hiddleston

    Tom Hiddleston (2nd L) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan

    Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan attend the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Chris Hemsworth

    Chris Hemsworth attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Tom Hiddleston

    Tom Hiddleston attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Tom Hiddleston

    Tom Hiddleston attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Chris Hemsworth

    Chris Hemsworth attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Jimmy Buffett

    Jimmy Buffett attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Robert Downey Jr.

    Robert Downey Jr. attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • 'Marvel's The Avengers'

    General view of atmosphere at the 'The Avengers' Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

  • Mark Ruffalo

    Mark Ruffalo attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Chris Hemsworth

    Chris Hemsworth (C) attends 'The Avengers' Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

  • Chris Hemsworth

    Chris Hemsworth attends 'The Avengers' Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

  • Robert Downey Jr.

    Robert Downey Jr. attends 'The Avengers' Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

  • Mark Ruffalo

    Mark Ruffalo attends 'The Avengers' Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

  • Robert De Niro & Robert Downey Jr.

    Tribeca Film Festival Co-founder Robert De Niro and actor Robert Downey Jr. attend the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

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