The Avengers (2012)
Samuel L. Jackson: Nick Fury
Steve Rogers : Does Loki need any particular kind of power source?
Bruce Banner : He'd have to heat the cube to a hundred and twenty million Kelvin just to break through the Coulomb barrier.
Tony Stark : Unless Selvig has figured out how to stabilize the quantum tunnelling effect.
Bruce Banner : Well, if he could do that, he could achieve heavy ion fusion at any reactor on the planet.
Tony Stark : Finally, someone who speaks English.
Steve Rogers : Is that what just happened?
[Stark and Banner shake hands]
Tony Stark : It's good to meet you, Dr. Banner. Your work on anti-electron collisions is unparalleled. And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.
Bruce Banner : Thanks.
Nick Fury : [to Stark] Dr. Banner is only here to track the cube. I was hoping you might join him.
Steve Rogers : Let's start with that stick of his. It may be magical, but it works an awful lot like a Hydra weapon.
Nick Fury : I don't know about that, but it is powered by the cube. And I'd like to know how Loki used it to turn two of the sharpest men I know into his personal flying monkeys.
Thor : Monkeys? I do not understand.
Steve Rogers : I do!
[Stark rolls his eyes, while Captain America looks proud of himself]
Steve Rogers : I understood that reference.
Nick Fury : You think you could make Loki tell us where the Tesseract is?
Thor : I do not know. Loki's mind is far afield. It's not just power he craves, it's vengeance, upon me. There's no pain would prise his need from him.
Nick Fury : A lot of guys think that. Until the pain starts.
Thor : What are you asking me to do?
Nick Fury : I'm asking, what are you prepared to do?
Thor : Loki is a prisoner.
Nick Fury : Then why do I feel like he's the only person on this boat that wants to be here?
World Security Council : Director Fury, the council has made a decision.
Nick Fury : I recognise the council has made a decision, but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it.
World Security Council : It's a nuclear missile to take out the portal!
Nick Fury : Situated at the island of MANHATTAN!
[Fury is visiting an imprisoned Loki]
Nick Fury : In case it's unclear, if you try to escape, you so much as scratch that glass...
[Fury hits a button on the machine and opens metal iris panels around the chamber]
Nick Fury : ...it's 30,000 feet straight down in a steel trap. You get how that works? Ant... boot.
Loki : It's an impressive cage. Not built, I think, for me.
Nick Fury : Built for something a lot stronger than you.
Loki : Oh, I've heard. The mindless beast, makes play he's still a man. How desperate are you, that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?
Nick Fury : How desperate am I? You threaten my world with war. You steal a force you can't hope to control. You talk about peace and you kill 'cause it's fun. You have made me VERY desperate. You might not be glad that you did.
Loki : Ooh. It burns you to have come so close. To have the Tesseract, to have power, unlimited power. And for what? A warm light for all mankind to share. And then to be reminded what real power is.
Nick Fury : [walks away] Well, let me know if "real power" wants a magazine or something.
Steve Rogers : When I went under, the world was at war. I wake up, they say we won. They didn't say what we lost.
Nick Fury : We've made some mistakes along the way. Some, very recently.
Steve Rogers : Are you here with a mission, sir?
Nick Fury : I am.
Steve Rogers : Trying to get me back in the world?
Nick Fury : Trying to save it.
[Fury shows a file of the Tesseract]
Steve Rogers : HYDRA's secret weapon.
Nick Fury : Howard Stark fished that out of the ocean when he was looking for you. He thought what we think: the Tesseract could be the key to unlimited sustainable energy. That's something the world sorely needs.
Steve Rogers : Who took it from you?
Nick Fury : He's called Loki. He's not from around here. There's a lot we'll have to bring you up to speed on if you're in. The world has gotten even stranger than you already know.
Steve Rogers : At this point, I doubt anything would surprise me.
Nick Fury : Ten bucks says you're wrong. There's a debriefing packet waiting for you at your apartment. Is there anything you can tell us about the Tesseract that we ought to know now?
Steve Rogers : You should have left it in the ocean.
Loki : [as Fury tries to leave with the Tesseract] Please don't. I still need that.
Nick Fury : This doesn't have to get any messier.
Loki : Of course it does. I've come too far anything else. I am Loki, of Asgard and I am burdened with glorious purpose.
Selvig : Loki, brother of Thor.
Nick Fury : We have no quarrel with your people.
Loki : An ant has no quarrel with a boot.
Nick Fury : Are you planning to step on us?
Loki : I come with glad tidings of a world made free.
Nick Fury : Free from what?
Loki : Freedom. Freedom is life's great lie. Once you accept that, in your heart...
[walks up to Eric Selvig and touches him with the scepter]
Loki : ...you will know peace.
Nick Fury : Yeah, you say "peace," I kind of think you mean the other thing.
Clint Barton : Sir, Director Fury is stalling. This place is about to blow and drop a hundred feet of rock on us. He means to bury us.
Nick Fury : Like the pharaohs of old.
Selvig : He's right. The portal is collapsing in on itself. We've got maybe two minutes before this goes critical.
Loki : Well, then...
[Barton shoots Fury, they leave]
World Security Council : Where are the Avengers?
Nick Fury : I'm not currently tracking their whereabouts. I'd say they've earned a leave of absence.
World Security Council : And the Tesseract?
Nick Fury : The Tesseract is where it belongs: out of our reach.
World Security Council : That's not your call.
Nick Fury : I didn't make it. I just didn't argue with the god that did.
World Security Council : So you let him take it and the war criminal, Loki, who should be answering for his crimes?
Nick Fury : Oh, I think he will be.
World Security Council : I don't think you understand what you've started. Letting the Avengers loose on this world. They're dangerous.
Nick Fury : They surely are. And the whole world knows it. Every world knows it.
World Security Council : Was that the point of all this? A statement?
Nick Fury : A promise.
Nick Fury : [having discovered a security breach] What are you doing, Mr Stark?
Tony Stark : Uh, kind of been wondering the same thing about you.
Nick Fury : You're supposed to be locating the Tesseract!
Bruce Banner : We are! The model's locked and we're sweeping for the signature now. When we get the hit, we'll have a signature within half a mile.
Tony Stark : Yeah, you'll get your cube back, no mas, no fuss.
Tony Stark : What is Phase 2?
Steve Rogers : [drops a weapon on a table] Phase 2 is SHIELD uses the Cube to make weapons! Sorry, the computer was moving a little slow for me.
Nick Fury : Rogers, we gathered everything related to the Tesseract, this does not mean that we...
Tony Stark : I'm sorry Nick, what were you lying?
[turns a monitor around showing a schematic of a rocket]
Steve Rogers : I was wrong, Director. The world hasn't changed a bit.
Thor : You speak of control, yet you court chaos.
Bruce Banner : It's his M.O., isn't it? I mean, what are we, a team? No, no, no. We're a chemical mixture that makes chaos. We're... we're a time-bomb.
Nick Fury : You need to step away.
Tony Stark : Why shouldn't the guy let off a little steam?
Steve Rogers : You know damn well why! Back off!
Tony Stark : Oh, I'm starting to want you to make me.
Thor : Your work with the Tesseract is what drew Loki to it... and his allies. It is a signal to the Realm that Earth is ready for a higher form of war!
Nick Fury : Higher form? You forced our hand! We had to come up with some way that we could...
Tony Stark : A nuclear deterrent? Cause that always works well...
Nick Fury : Remind me how you made your fortune, Mr Stark.
Nick Fury : These were in Phil Coulson's jacket. I guess he never did get you to sign them.
[Throws bloodstained Captain America trading cards on the table. Rogers picks up one of them]
Nick Fury : We're dead in the air up here. Our communications, the location of the Cube, Banner, Thor... I got nothing for you. I lost my one good eye. Maybe I had that coming.
[Walks toward Rogers]
Nick Fury : Yes. We were going to build an arsenal with the Tesseract. I never put all my chips on that number, though, because I was playing something even riskier.
Nick Fury : There was an idea, Stark knows this, called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. To see if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles that we never could.
[Looks at Stark]
Nick Fury : Phil Coulson died, still believing in that idea. In heroes.
[Stark suddenly gets up and leaves the bridge]
Nick Fury : Well, it's a good old-fashioned notion.
Nick Fury : Agent Romanoff, would you escort Dr. Banner back to his...
Bruce Banner : Back where? You rented my room.
Nick Fury : The cell was built...
Bruce Banner : In case you needed to kill me, but you can't! I know! I tried!... I got low. I didn't see an end, so I put a bullet in my mouth... and the other guy spit it out! So I moved on. I focused on helping other people. I was good, until you dragged me back into this freak show and put everyone here at risk!
[Banner slowly gets upset as he looks at Romanoff, who gets unnerved]
Bruce Banner : You wanna know my secret, Agent Romanoff? You wanna know how I stay calm?
[Black Widow and Nick Fury have their hands down to grab their guns]
Steve Rogers : Doctor Banner... put down the scepter.
[Banner looks down and is shocked to see he's holding Loki's scepter; the computer beeps]
Tony Stark : Got it.
[Banner puts down the scepter and heads to the computer]
Bruce Banner : Sorry, kids. You don't get to see my little party trick after all.
Maria Hill : Sir, how does it work now? They've gone their separate ways, some pretty extremely far. We get into a situation like this again, what happens then?
Nick Fury : They'll come back.
Maria Hill : You really sure about that?
Nick Fury : I am.
Maria Hill : Why?
Nick Fury : Because we'll need them to.
Bruce Banner : I'd like to know why SHIELD is using the Tesseract to build weapons of mass destruction.
Nick Fury : Because of him!
[points at Thor]
Thor : Me?
Nick Fury : Last year, Earth had a visit from another planet that had a grudge match that leveled a small town. We learned that only are we not alone, but we are hopelessly, hilariously outgunned.
Thor : My people want nothing but peace with your planet!
Nick Fury : But you're not the only ones out there, are you? And you're not the only threat. The world is filling up with people that can't be matched, that can't be controlled!
Steve Rogers : Like you control the cube?
Nick Fury : Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on.
[Nick Fury goes over to the fatally-wounded Coulson]
Agent Phil Coulson : I'm sorry, boss. The god rabbited.
Nick Fury : Just stay awake. Eyes on me.
Agent Phil Coulson : No. I'm clocked out here.
Nick Fury : Not an option.
Agent Phil Coulson : It's okay, boss. This was never going to work... if they didn't have something... to...
[Agent Coulson looks away and sighs his last breath. Nick Fury looks on grimly at Coulson]
Nick Fury : Agent Coulson is down.
Unknown SHIELD Agent : Paramedics are on their way.
Nick Fury : They're already here.
[Maria Hill listens on her headset, as do Captain America and Iron Man from another room]
Nick Fury : They called it.
[Nick Fury and Dr. Bruce Banner shake hands]
Nick Fury : Doctor, thank you for coming.
Bruce Banner : Thanks for asking nicely. So, uh... how long am I staying?
Nick Fury : Once we get our hands on the Tesseract, you're in the clear.
Bruce Banner : Where are you with that?
[Nick Fury turns to Agent Coulson to explain, while Natasha Romanoff eyes an image of Clint Barton on a computer screen]
Agent Phil Coulson : We're sweeping every wirelessly accessible camera on the planet. Cell phones, laptops. If it's connected to a satellite, it's eyes and ears for us.
Natasha Romanoff : That's still not gonna find them in time.
Bruce Banner : You have to narrow the field. How many spectrometers do you have access to?
Nick Fury : How many are there?
Bruce Banner : Call every lab you know, tell them to put the spectrometers on the roof and calibrate them for gamma rays. I'll rough out a tracking algorithm based on cluster recognition. At least we could rule out a few places. Do you have somewhere for me to work?
Nick Fury : Agent Romanoff, would you show Dr. Banner to his laboratory, please.
[Natasha nods and walks off, leading Banner down the hall]
Natasha Romanoff : You're gonna love it, Doc. We got all the toys.
Nick Fury : I gave you this detail so you could keep a close eye on things.
Clint Barton : Well I see better from a distance.
Nick Fury : Are you seeing anything that might set this thing off?
Clint Barton : No one's come or gone. And Selvig's clean. No contacts, IMs. If there was any tampering, sir, it wasn't at this end.
Nick Fury : At this end?
Clint Barton : Yeah. The Cube is a doorway to the other end of space, right? Doors open up both sides.
[on cue, the Tesseract activates and opens a portal, Loki steps through]
Nick Fury : Sir, please put down the spear.
World Security Council : This is out of line, Director. You're dealing with forces you can't control.
Nick Fury : You ever been in a war, Councilman? In a firefight? Did you feel an over-abundance of control?
World Security Council : You're saying that this Asgard has declared war on our planet?
Nick Fury : Not Asgard, Loki!
World Security Council : He can't be working alone. What about the other one, his brother?
Nick Fury : Our intelligence says Thor is not a hostile. But he's worlds away, we can't depend on him to help either. It's up to us.
World Security Council : Which is why you should be focusing on Phase 2, it was designed for exactly...
Nick Fury : Phase 2 isn't ready, our enemy is. We need a response team.
Nick Fury : I still believe in heroes.
Nick Fury : Gentlemen, you're up!
Nick Fury : Bring the carrier about to a 1-8-0, heading south! Take us to the water!
Carrier Bridge Tech : We're flying blind. Navigation's recalibrating after the engine failure.
Nick Fury : Is the sun coming up?
Carrier Bridge Tech : Yes, sir.
Nick Fury : Then put it on the left. Get us over water. One more turbine goes down, and we drop.