By Adam B. Vary
Updated April 22, 2012 at 08:17 PM EDT
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As if fanboys didn’t already have enough reason to pack into cineplexes the weekend of May 4, EW has confirmed that the third trailer for The Dark Knight Rises will play in front Marvel Studios’ The Avengers.

While Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film is based on the venerable DC Comics property — and as we all know, DC and Marvel are sworn enemies except for lucrative intercompany crossover opportunities — Warner Bros. smartly decided that it made sense to pair TDKR‘s newest trailer with Marvel’s wildly anticipated omnibus superhero behemoth. The trailer will play with 3-D and 2-D screenings in both conventional and IMAX theaters.

The inventively named Nolan fansite “Nolan Fans” first broke the story.

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