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Robert Downey Jr. kept food hidden all over the lab set, and apparently nobody could find where it was, so they just let him continue doing it. In the movie, that's his actual food he's offering, and when he was eating, it wasn't scripted, he was just hungry.
There were very few times that everyone was in town at once, but on one night when they were, Chris Evans sent them all a text message reading "Assemble" (the tagline to the movie), prompting a night out on the town. Clark Gregg has stated that this is his favorite text message that he has ever received.
Reportedly, Iron Man's "Let's just not come in tomorrow" speech was improvised by Robert Downey Jr., as was "Doth mother know thou weareth her drapes?"
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In the final end credit scene, Captain America is the only one not eating. That is because Chris Evans got a buzz cut, and grew out his beard after this movie was done filming. He was called in later to do this extra scene, and couldn't shave off his beard, due to filming Snowpiercer (2013) at the time, so they gave him a prosthetic jaw. He holds his hand over his face because the prosthetic made him look like he'd been attacked by a hive of angry bees. He also is unable to eat or talk with the prosthetic on.
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(at around 54 mins) According to writer and director Joss Whedon, the "That man is playing Galaga!" line was ad-libbed by Robert Downey Jr., and worked so well that Whedon decided to add in an image of Galaga on "that man's" console as the scene's punchline.
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(at around 2h 5 mins) The Hulk bringing Iron Man back to consciousness by roaring at him was improvised by Mark Ruffalo during his motion-capture performance.
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Reportedly, a scene was filmed where, during the final battle, Captain America saves an old man trying to protect his grandchildren. He tells him to "Get them to cover", but as he walks away, the old man asks him "Cap, is that really you?" He turns and, noting the man's World War II veteran lapel pin, trades salutes with him. As Captain America sprints away, the children ask their grandfather, "Do you know him?", and he replies "we all know him."
Joss Whedon suggested to Marvel that there should be a bigger villain plotting behind the scenes, which enabled Loki to conquer the Earth, and that someone should be Thanos the Mad Titan. The executives just rolled with it.
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(at around 2h) When the missile is released over Manhattan, the pilot calls detonation in two minutes and thirty seconds. The sequence between then and the detonation is two minutes and thirty seconds of film time.
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Robert Downey Jr. asked the Marvel production manager permission to take away the letter "A" that was on the Stark Tower with him, but he declined. However, on his next birthday, the manager gave it to him as a gift.
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Joss Whedon explained that two of the founding Avengers members, Ant-Man and Wasp, were cut from the script because the film had too many characters. Also, the screenwriters didn't want Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until his movie was released.
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Louis Letterier wanted Mark Ruffalo for the role of Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk (2008), before Edward Norton was cast.
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(at around 2h) When filming the scene of Loki yelling at the Hulk, Tom Hiddleston had a rope tied to his leg, and since the Hulk is just CGI, when the rope was pulled, it would appear that the Hulk had grabbed him. Tom knew it was going to be pulled during the speech, but he didn't know when, so that he wouldn't be anticipating it.
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(at around 46 mins) After Thor takes Loki off the Quinjet down on the mountain side, two large ravens fly by them as they are talking. In Norse mythology, Thor's father Odin had two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, who would bring Odin information from Midgard (Earth).
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Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury is from the Ultimate Marvel Universe, created in 2000 to re-imagine and update the Marvel heroes for the twenty-first century. Fury's likeness was actually based on Jackson, who gave Marvel permission to do so. Subsequently, based on that likeness and his star power, Jackson was cast as Fury for all Marvel Cinematic Universe films, starting with Iron Man (2008).
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Clint Barton (Hawkeye) is an ambidextrous archer (although Jeremy Renner is left-handed). He is seen shooting right-handed in Thor (2011) and both left-handed and right-handed in this film.
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To prepare for the role of Agent Clint Barton (Hawkeye), Jeremy Renner was trained by Olympic archers.
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Tom Hiddleston revealed in an interview with the Guardian that the code name for the film early in its production was "Group Hug".
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(at around 2h) The shocked expression of Loki, after being slammed by The Incredible Hulk, was created by animation director Marc Chu, shaking Tom Hiddleston violently and repeatedly.
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Sound editor Christopher Boyes has stated that he went through a complicated process to craft the Hulk's voice. The final product "turned out to be (a combination of) Mark Ruffalo, some Lou Ferrigno, and a little bit of me and two people from New Zealand."
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(at around 55 mins) Chris Evans was unsure about his character's line, "I understood that reference!", because he was worried that it would make audiences think that his character was unintelligent. However, he was quickly comforted after he watched the movie with an audience, and he saw that they found the line humorous, as opposed to stupid.
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According to writer and director Joss Whedon, the original cut of the movie was over three hours long. About thirty minutes of the excised footage are included on the Blu-ray, most of which revolves around Steve Rogers (Captain America) struggling to adjust to the modern world. Chris Evans announced later that these deleted scenes would be used for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
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Originally, Joss Whedon had not intended the film to include supporting characters from the heroes' individual films, reasoning, "You need to separate the characters from their support systems in order to create the isolation you need for a team." However, he eventually decided to cast Stellan Skarsgård, Paul Bettany, and Gwyneth Paltrow (Paltrow was cast at Robert Downey Jr.'s insistence).
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(at around 39 mins) The German police car skidding on its front end after Loki blasts it was a complete accident, as it failed to flip over initially.
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Chris Hemsworth had to increase and expand his food intake in order to maintain the physique he built up for Thor (2011), consisting of chicken breasts, fish, steak, and eggs every day. (Hemsworth said he had to consume his "body weight in grams of protein.")
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Gwyneth Paltrow is noticeably barefoot in all of her scenes in Stark Tower, while Robert Downey Jr. is in three or four-inch platform shoes, so he looks taller than her.
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There was going to be a brief fight scene between Iron Man and the brainwashed Hawkeye as a nod to Hawkeye starting off as an Iron Man villain in the comics.
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(at around 1h 29 mins) One of the cards in Agent Coulson's Captain America card set is a reproduction of Captain America's first comic book appearance, where he punched out Adolf Hitler.
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Tom Hiddleston spoke of his role as Loki in an interview by saying, "I can tell you that it's all of them against me. I am the supervillain. So it's Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Nick Fury forming a team, because I've gotten so bad ass."
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The first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to earn $1 billion.
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The final end credit scene was added after Robert Downey Jr. encouraged a scene re-write. After Tony Stark falls back to Earth, he originally awakens and asks, "What's next?" Robert Downey, Jr. thought the line could be more interesting, and the idea of going to a local shawarma restaurant was born. The scene was added one day after the global premiere. Since then, shawarma sales around the U.S. skyrocketed.
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Writer and director Joss Whedon supposedly had a detailed backstory for Hawkeye written up, but was unable to even reference any of it due to time constraints. During the early planning stages, Hawkeye was envisioned to be depicted as a circus performer, trained by supervillains, who manipulate him into fighting the team, essentially a modernized version of his 616 origin story. At another point, he was planned to debut in Iron Man 2 (2010) as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., who works closely with Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow, and Nick Fury.
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There are two spoken references to the early The Incredible Hulk comic books. When Captain America is giving orders, he says "Hulk, smash", a catchphrase uttered by the Hulk in the comics, as well as The Incredible Hulk (2008). After the Hulk thrashes Loki, he says "Puny god", a reference to another oft-repeated Hulk phrase, "Puny humans". The first time the Hulk said "Puny human" on the big screen was in a brief nightmare sequence in Hulk (2003) when the Hulk reaches through a mirror and grabs Banner by the neck.
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Tony Stark casually refers to three of the other main characters, Loki, Thor, and Hawkeye, as either movie characters, or movie titles. He calls Loki "Reindeer Games", Thor "Point Break", and Hawkeye "Legolas".
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Mark Ruffalo states that it was an honor to take over as Bruce Banner from his friend Edward Norton: "Ed has bequeathed this part to me, I look at it as my generation's Hamlet."
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(at around 2h 10 mins) When Pepper ( Gwyneth Paltrow ) and Tony ( Robert Downey Jr. ) are in their apartment going over digital plans to rebuild Stark tower, the quinjet isn't the only visible clue to an Avenger's headquarters. Stark begins to lay out the plans for rebuilding Stark Tower, spreading out a set of plans for the section allocated to each Avenger, each identified by a symbol. From left-to-right: Thor's hammer, Hawkeye's bow, Captain America's shield, Iron Man's helmet, Black Widow's hourglass icon, and a helix representing the Hulk. He then selects the plans for Captain America's section.
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According to writer and director Joss Whedon, the film is strongly influenced by the early 1960s Avengers comics, of which he was a fan while growing up: "In those comics, these people shouldn't be in the same room, let alone on the same team, and that is the definition of family."
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The crew hired twenty-five members of the Ohio-based 391st Military Police Force Battalion for the attack on New York City, to add realism to the battle.
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(at around 53 mins) According to Joss Whedon's commentary, Bruce Banner's saying of Loki, "You can smell crazy on him" was a set-up for when the Hulk faces off against Loki in Stark Tower. Originally, Loki was going to make multiple versions of himself and the only way the Hulk was going to discern where Loki was, was to smell them. Only the real Loki would have a scent.
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Samuel L. Jackson's role as Nick Fury in this film makes him the second actor (after Hugh Jackman, who has appeared in all of the X-Men movies) to play the same comic book character in five different movies.
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Robert Downey Jr. initially pushed Joss Whedon to make Tony Stark the lead: "I said, I need to be in the opening sequence, Tony needs to drive this thing. He was like, okay, let's try that. We tried it, and it didn't work, because this is a different sort of thing, everybody is just an arm of the octopus."
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When Loki is held prisoner on the helicarrier, the computer screen monitoring him shows an infrared image of the cell. Loki's temperature is shown as blue (cold) due to the fact that he is a frost giant by nature.
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According to Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton mainly didn't like that Bruce Banner was struggling with his issues of the Hulk all over again, when at the end of The Incredible Hulk (2008), it seemed as though Banner had actually accepted it, and thus, the Avengers movie wouldn't really be developing Banner's character much.
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Joss Whedon had earlier been considered to direct X-Men (2000) in the 1990s. A big fan of the X-Men, he even wrote a script, from which only two lines made it into the film. He wrote the story "Gifted" for "Astonishing X-Men", which became the basis for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
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The filmmakers secured the rights from Columbia Pictures to feature OsCorp Tower, from The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) in New York City. Unfortunately by then, digital rendering of the skyline was already complete, and it could not appear.
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(at around 56 mins) In the film, Bruce Banner references the fact that the last time he was in New York City, he "broke Harlem". This is a reference to The Incredible Hulk (2008), when The Hulk fought The Abomination in Harlem, New York.
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This was the highest grossing film of all time not directed by James Cameron (it was third under Titanic (1997)'s second place and Avatar (2009)'s first). It has since been replaced by Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Its third sequel, Avengers: Endgame subsequently became the highest grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation.)
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(at around 27 mins) When Agent Coulson visits Stark Tower, Pepper asks him about the cellist in Portland. Tony is also heard telling Coulson he could fly him to Portland (at around 53 mins). This woman ends up being a plot point for an episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013). When Coulson first calls Tony, he jokingly responds "You have reached the Life Model Decoy of Tony Stark." LMD's also become a huge plot point in the "Agents of Shield" television show.
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Edward Norton was originally set to reprise his role from The Incredible Hulk (2008), but negotiations between him and Marvel Studios broke down. Norton was replaced with Mark Ruffalo, who had also been considered for the role in the prior movie.
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Alyson Hannigan from Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) (and wife of Alexis Denisof, who plays The Other in the film), recommended her How I Met Your Mother (2005) co-star Cobie Smulders, for the part of Agent Maria Hill.
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Tom Hiddleston revealed that Chris Hemsworth actually punched him for real in one scene: Recalling the experience on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015), Hiddleston said: "Fighting Chris Hemsworth, you're going to lose, let's face it. On film, it's all about angles when you're fighting. So you're trying to get the angles of the different parts of the choreography to tell the story, but you only have to do it once. There was a scene in Avengers where Thor had to strike Loki across the face and I was wearing the horns, which weigh about 30 pounds. I couldn't really sell the hit, the smack. So I just said to Chris, 'I think you should just hit me in the face'. "It's a terrible idea. I went down like a stone," he added. "And I suppose, on stage, when you're doing a fight, you have to do it every night for 100-odd performances. I think if I was being hit in the face by Chris Hemsworth day after day, I don't know if I would be able to mange that. It wouldn't be sustainable."
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Surpassed The Dark Knight (2008)'s record of $1,001,921,825 to become the highest-grossing comic book film of all time.
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(at around 1h 14 mins) When Black Widow and Bruce Banner are blasted to a lower deck of the Helicarrier, it triggers Banner's transformation into the Hulk. As he is transforming, he falls from a platform to the floor. On the floor is painted "WARNING: CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE" with small arrows, which happen to be pointing to Banner.
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(at around 2h) After Iron Man flies through a Leviathan, he can be seen crashing on the ground in front of a Shawarma Palace, which later appeared in the post-credits scene.
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(at around 55 mins) Tony Stark tells Bruce Banner that he admires his work on anti-electron collisions. When electrons and anti-electrons (also known as positrons) collide, they annihilate each other and high-energy photons, or gamma rays (the fictional means, by which Bruce Banner became The Incredible Hulk) are produced in their place.
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(at around 56 mins) After Loki is brought on-board the Helicarrier, Tony Stark can be seen wearing a Black Sabbath t-shirt. Black Sabbath is better known for their song "Iron Man". Although the song was not originally associated with the Marvel Comics character, it has since been referenced in the comics, and the end of Iron Man (2008), when Tony quotes the lyrics, "I am Iron Man".
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Lou Ferrigno contributed to the voice of the Hulk in this film. He has played the Hulk in almost every live-action version since 1978: he played the Hulk in the television series The Incredible Hulk (1977), and its subsequent three television specials. He voiced the Hulk in the big-screen The Incredible Hulk (2008), in which he also played a security guard. He also played a security guard in Hulk (2003). He also has voiced the Hulk in various animated productions.
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According to the visual effects supervisor, Joss Whedon disliked Iron Man's "tinkerbell pose" when flying. So he insisted that in this movie, the suit be equipped with a jetpack. This would allow his hands (gauntlets) to be free, which, in turn, offered those great "cowboy" poses that were seen in the film.
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According to Joss Whedon, the arrangement of the monitors on the Helicarrier bridge were arranged to resemble the wings of the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo. The eagle head can actually be seen at the foot of the conference round table at the end of the film, when repairs are being made.
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The name "chitauri" originates from Zulu mythology, and is used to describe a "serpent race from the sky". Mark Millar, the creator of "The Ultimates", took the name from the writings of David Icke, who argues that these "chitauri", are in fact aliens, bent on dominating humanity.
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Natalie Portman was going to cameo as Jane Foster, but had to drop out when she became pregnant.
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(at around 24 mins) Stark Tower stands where the MetLife building should be. The digital model of the tower that Pepper is looking at shows that the bottom third of the tower retains the shape of the MetLife building with the rest of the floors redesigned.
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The female superhero The Wasp was included in an early draft of the script. She was, however, replaced with the already-existing Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow.
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Disney had the film's title changed in the United Kingdom to "Marvel Avengers Assemble" to avoid confusion with the iconic British espionage franchise The Avengers (1961) and The Avengers (1998).
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Loki brings the Chitauri alien race to Earth to help him invade it. The Avengers are formed to prevent this from occurring. This is in keeping with the first issue of their self-titled comic book series, in which Loki is responsible for manipulating a chain of disasters that bring The Avengers together in the first place.
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Tom Hiddleston describes Loki in this film as having evolved since Thor (2011): "How pleasant an experience is it to disappear into a wormhole that was created by some super-nuclear explosion of his own making? I think by the time Loki shows up, he's seen a few things, and has bigger things in mind than just his brother and Asgard."
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The cast became good friends while filming, so if all of the cast members happened to be filming scenes together in the same place, they would go out together afterwards.
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An alternate opening and ending frame the movie as a flashbacks from Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), allowing them to simultaneously flesh out her dislike towards Fury's methods and her undying loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) Tony Stark describes his group as "Earth's mightiest heroes, that kind of thing." This refers to the famous tagline that has been featured on the cover of "The Avengers" comic books since its 1963 debut. The phrase was also used as the subtitle for the animated series, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010).
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Loki's staff has a glowing blue gem in the spear head that allows him to control the minds of others. This is a reference to the Mind Stone, one of the six Infinity Gems used by Thanos the Mad Titan, shown in the post-credits scene.
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In the movie, Captain America is a founding member. In the comics, Captain America was unfrozen in Avengers #4, when he was accidentally discovered, when the team was looking for Namor the Sub Mariner.
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The CGI Hulk's body was modelled after Long Island bodybuilder and male stripper Steve Romm, while the Hulk's face was modelled after Mark Ruffalo.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) Captain America finds weapons and helmets in the secure storage area of the Helicarrier, with the rifles bearing the H.Y.D.R.A. logo. While some might mistakenly think it is "phase two" weaponry, it is not. It is the original seized gear.
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Since this movie and Iron Man 3 (2013) were originally part of a six-picture deal with Marvel and Paramount Pictures before the distribution rights were transferred to Walt Disney Pictures, it's the Paramount logo that appears in advertising and marketing, as well as the beginning of this movie. Although Paramount Pictures had no part in the production of this movie, they still received a share of the box-office grosses, based on their original deal with Marvel. No reference to Disney is made, until the end of the closing credits, where it says "The Avengers" is "Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures."
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Tony Stark's Acura roadster is neither the 2012 NSX Concept show car, nor an actual prototype of the 2015 next-generation hybrid Acura NSX. It was custom-designed specifically for the movie by Honda North America chief designer Marek, Dave. The "donor car" was a 1991 NSX from Arizona, with 252,000 miles on its odometer. The interior of the movie car is almost totally stock, and still has the original cassette tape player in the console.
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Due to this movie's record-breaking success at the box office, it made Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., and Scarlett Johansson three of the top ten highest grossing actors and actress of all time at second, fifth, and tenth respectively.
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The Pentagon said they "couldn't reconcile the unreality of S.H.I.E.L.D. and our place in it." (to elaborate, it's left ambiguous as to whether S.H.I.E.L.D. is a national or international agency, and the Pentagon didn't like the implication that the U.S. military would answer to anyone but the U.S. government) and thus declined involvement in this movie. However, the U.S. Army did get involved.
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Mark Ruffalo claims to be the only actor to date (2012) to play both The Hulk and Bruce Banner in the same movie. Technically, Eric Bana and Edward Norton had done motion-capture work for their respective Hulks, but Ruffalo is the first actor to perform the Hulk live on-set via performance capture. What is most certainly a confirmed "first" for Ruffalo's Hulk, however, is clearly defined chest hair (of which Ruffalo has plenty). That has absolutely never been done before in any portrayal of the Hulk, whether it be live, animated, or drawn.
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Robert Downey Jr. thought the scene when Iron Man regains consciousness could use a little snappier dialogue, so he requested that Joss Whedon add some. One of the ones that made the cut (the Shawarma reference) is influenced by Nicholas Brendon's (Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)) interview. Nicholas mentions, "Would anyone like to go get some Shawarma?"
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Mark Ruffalo's performance of the Hulk is the first created by motion-capture. Previous live-action versions have either had Bruce Banner and the Hulk be played by separate people (Bill Bixby and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno), or were key-frame animated.
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In the post-credits scene, Pepper Potts shows Tony Stark a hologram of plans to rebuild the top of Stark Tower. In the hologram, a Quinjet is clearly visible in the middle of the structure, one among several hints in the film to the possible use of Stark Tower as future Headquarters of the Avengers (as occurred in the comic series).
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Writer and director Joss Whedon revealed that Jeremy Renner injured himself during a stunt and caused production to halt for several days. During the final battle scene where Hawkeye crashes through a window, Renner, who performed the stunt himself, ripped a muscle from his back to shoulder.
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Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey described the film's look as visceral and naturalistic: "We wanted this to feel immersive, and did not want a comic book look that might distance an audience. We moved the camera a lot on Steadicam, cranes, and on dollies, to create kinetic images, and we chose angles that were dramatic, like low angles, for heroic imagery."
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Jon Favreau was at one point attached to direct, and stayed on as executive producer.
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According to Vulture, this is the amount of screentime each hero has in the film: -Steve Rogers/Captain America: 37:42. -Tony Stark/Iron Man: 37:01. -Natasha Romanov/Black Widow: 33:35. -Bruce Banner/The Hulk: 28:03. -Thor: 25:52. -Clint Barton/Hawkeye: 12:44.
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Thor spends most of this movie in his Asgardian armor, but with bare arms, a nod to his early appearances in the comics. During his time on the Helicarrier, he is also seen without his cape, an allusion to his Ultimate Comics appearance.
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This is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to debut the revised S.H.I.E.L.D. logo. As compared to the more stylized eagle design on the logo (as seen in the opening scene at the dark energy research facility), the updated logo features a simplified eagle design (as seen on the flight deck, and on the bridge of the Helicarrier). This design will become the default S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, as seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).
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(at around 26 mins) Tony says Coulson's first name is Agent. This refers to the fact that originally, his character was only going to be called Agent.
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Scarlett Johansson turned down a role in Total Recall (2012) due to her commitment to this movie.
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Thor is knocked out of frame four times: twice by Iron Man, and twice by The Incredible Hulk.
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The Chitauri appeared in the first story arc of "The Ultimates", an alternate universe retelling of the origins of the Marvel superheroes. In the comics, their leader claims that they go by many names, including Skrulls. It was originally assumed that the reason for using "The Chitauri", instead of "The Skrulls", was because Twentieth Century Fox owns the rights to the Fantastic Four and their supporting characters. However, Marvel Studios' President of Production Kevin Feige stated in an interview that the film rights to the Skrulls are not owned by either Marvel Studios or Twentieth Century Fox. They were not being used as Joss Whedon did not want to use shape-shifters in the first film.
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Mark Ruffalo describes Bruce Banner as "a guy struggling with two sides of himself, the dark and the light; everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control." He furthermore describes Banner's alter-ego the Hulk as "a loose cannon. He's the teammate none of them are sure they want, it's like throwing a grenade into the middle of the group and hoping it turns out well!"
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The outdoor scenes, which were supposed to take place in Germany, but were filmed in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, contained numerous Cleveland Historical landmarks including; Tower City, Higbee Building and Casino, the Renaissance Building, and the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.
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The title screen doesn't appear until twelve minutes into the film.
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(at around 1h 29 mins) When Nick Fury tells the Avengers of Agent Coulson's death, Tony's arc reactor is not glowing. This is a goof cinematically, but fan theories suggested that his heart is dead like his friend, since it glows before and after this scene.
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Due to UK copyright issues over the name, Marvel had to release the film in the UK under the name "Avengers Assemble", as there had already been an unrelated film with Sir Sean Connery and Ralph Fiennes released by Warner Brothers, The Avengers (1998). That movie was based on The Avengers (1961), which starred Patrick Macnee. As Warner Brothers UK owned the copyrighted name, and objected to Marvel using it, Marvel were forced to change the name to "Avengers Assemble" for its UK theatrical and home video release. As film prints and marketing for the Republic of Ireland were handled by Disney UK. They decided to stick with the name change for that territory too, for cost effectiveness reasons.
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(at around 19 mins) Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) states to the council that "Phase Two is not ready." Later when Tony Stark decodes S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secret files he asks Nick Fury about "Phase Two". This is a nod to the Marvel Cinematic Universe film phases: this movie being the end of Phase One, and Iron Man 3 (2013) being the beginning of Phase Two.
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Samuel L. Jackson compared his role of Nick Fury to Ordell in Jackie Brown (1997): "He's a nice guy to hang out with, you just don't want to cross him. I tried to make him as honest to the story, and as honest to what real-life would seem."
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(at around 2h 10 mins) At the end of the film, when the news clip of Beth the waitress appears on Nick Fury's computer screen, it is listed as S.H.I.E.L.D. File A113. "A113 is the room number of the animation classroom at CalArts. The A113 reference is a running gag in films made by Pixar and Disney, starting with Toy Story (1995), a film partially written by Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed this movie.
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The weapons powered by the Tesseract are all engraved with H.Y.D.R.A.'s emblem.
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(at around 30 mins) In order to create a total extra-terrestrial look for the Chitauri, they have four thumbs, two on each hand. This can be seen, when Loki is talking with The Other.
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This film holds an unusually high number of Academy Award nominees in the cast and crew for a comic book movie: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Joss Whedon, and Seamus McGarvey, possibly many others. This tops Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010) which each had four acting nominees a piece.
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Seamus McGarvey shot the film in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, rather than in a 2.35:1, to cope with the varying heights: "We needed the height in the screen, to be able to frame in all the characters like Hulk, Captain America, and Black Widow, who is much smaller. We had to give them all precedence and width within the frame. Also, the final battle sequence was going to be this extravaganza in Manhattan, so the height and vertical scale of the buildings was going to be really important."
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Only the paint on Captain America's shield is scratched in the film. In the comics, his shield is made of an adamantium and vibranium alloy, with a third mystery catalyst, and can only be damaged by beings who possess nearly ultimate power, such as Molecule Man, Rune King, Thor, or Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet. The shield is otherwise impervious.
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The film's shooting schedule was ninety-three days, but filming was completed one day early.
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(at around 37 mins) Loki is described as being a King in the world from which he came. Shortly after this, when The Avengers ask for Loki's location in Germany, Loki is said to be at "22 Königstrasse", meaning 22 King Street.
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One of the code names for The Avengers release to theaters is "Team Building".
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(at around 1h 30 mins) Harry Dean Stanton, who appears as the janitor who discovers Banner after he fell from the Helicarrier, asks "are you an alien?" Stanton was known for his role as Brett in Alien (1979).
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(at around 1h 11 mins) When Banner talks about having tried to kill himself, by putting a bullet in his mouth, but the Hulk spit it out. In the deleted scene of The Incredible Hulk (2008), where Banner goes to kill himself, he clearly never got the chance to shoot himself, since the Hulk starts to appear to stop him. However, in the video game of The Incredible Hulk (2008), the opening cut scene clearly shows Hulk is spitting out the bullet.
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Dr. Bruce Banner doesn't turn into The Incredible Hulk until one hour and fourteen minutes in.
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(at around 32 mins) When Agent Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is on the Helicarrier showing Captain Rogers (Chris Evans) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) around, she's wearing a black jacket and pants with a red shirt underneath, signifying the iconic colors of her code name: Black Widow.
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The first film to gross $200 million in its first three days in the U.S.
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The film originally opened and closed with Agent Hill reporting to the World Security Council on the Avengers, and on Fury's decisions, but this was scrapped because it didn't mesh with the tone of the film.
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Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes was considered to have a cameo in the post-credits scene, where he is wearing his War Machine armor, only to find out he came too late for the battle, and sits down with The Avengers, but the scene was thrown away to where they just show The Avengers eating.
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This is the first Marvel film to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
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The scenes filmed in Ohio were originally to be filmed in Michigan. Production was moved to Ohio when Michigan's film tax rebates were going to be revoked.
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Powers Boothe, who played a World Security Council member, was also featured in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) playing the same character, whose name was revealed to be Gideon Malick.
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Alan Silvestri, continuing his composing job from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), becomes the first composer to score more than one movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Two founding members of The Avengers from the comics were left out of this movie: Ant-Man and The Wasp. They were replaced by Hawkeye and Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, in an attempt to better integrate S.H.I.E.L.D. into the story.
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Thor doesn't appear until almost forty-five minutes in.
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The scene where Dr Banner says "That's my secret, Cap: I'm always angry" has a funny outtake where Mark Ruffalo sees what is going on, freaks out, screams "Dudes! You're on your own" to his friends and runs away.
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The twelfth film to surpass the $1 billion mark worldwide, and the tenth to surpass the $400 million mark in the U.S. It tied with Avatar (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) for surpassing the $1 billion mark worldwide in the fastest time (nineteen days), and set the record of surpassing the $400 million mark in the U.S. (fourteen days).
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(at around 19 mins) When Black Widow calls off the "capture team", after first coming to terms with Dr. Bruce Banner, on helping S.H.I.E.L.D., a few of the team members are holding weapons with a blue glow coming from the barrels. Since they look nearly identical to the H.Y.D.R.A. weapons that Steve Rogers uncovers later, this hints at Fury's "Phase Two" project of weaponizing the Tesseract's energy.
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The opening scene is at the famous radar array in New Mexico from Contact (1997), where they make contact with an alien species. In both movies, the alien is a symbol of man's tiny place in the universe.
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The hot dog cart crushed during the fight at the end of movie, is the same hot dog cart that Chris Evans was using during The Losers (2010).
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The sixth and final chapter of Phase One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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The Science and Entertainment Exchange provided science consultation for the film.
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In the climactic battle scene, the building on which Thor briefly perches is the Chrysler Building. This building is also associated with Spider-Man, who has been depicted several times perched on one of the eagle gargoyles.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) Enver Gjokaj played the young police officer to whom Captain America gives orders at the beginning of the battle of New York City. He also played Agent Sousa on Agent Carter (2015).
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Tony Stark is seen wearing a Black Sabbath t-shirt at a point in the movie where he begins to rally the team at a low point. The t-shirt featured a design from the Never Say Die album cover.
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Before Mark Ruffalo was cast as The Hulk, Joaquin Phoenix was rumored for the part. Joaquin Phoenix was also rumored for the part of Dr. Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange (2016).
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Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo share the same birthday (November 22). Additionally, Chris Evans and Stellan Skarsgård also share a birthday (June 13).
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When Captain America is talking to Agent Colson on the quinjet, Steve is watching the university battle from the "Incredible Hulk" (2008).
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(at around 55 mins) During the scene where the Avengers are discussing Loki and his scepter, Captain America reacts when he understands a reference to flying monkeys, when Fury says how Loki has put Hawkeye and Dr. Erik Selvig under his command with the scepter. This is a reference to The Wizard of Oz (1939), where some of the Wicked Witch of the West's minions are large, winged monkeys. That movie was released in 1939, so Captain America could have seen it before he was frozen. Thor, being from another world, has not seen the film, and therefore does not get the reference.
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Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Cobie Smulders screentested for the role of Agent Maria Hill.
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Several members of the cast participated in adaptations of comic book and/or graphic novel adaptations outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Scarlett Johansson appeared in Ghost World (2001), The Spirit (2008), and Ghost in the Shell (2017). Chris Evans appeared in Fantastic Four (2005), Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), TMNT (2007), The Losers (2010), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and Snowpiercer (2013). Powers Boothe (who provides a cameo in the film) appeared in Sin City (2005). Alexis Denisof appeared in several DC productions beforehand. Samuel L. Jackson appeared in The Spirit (2008).
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Joss Whedon mentioned in the DVD commentary that the jet into which the Incredible Hulk fell while on the helicarrier was the jet used in True Lies (1994).
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This is only the second time that Bruce Banner, a.k.a. Hulk, and Thor have appeared together in a movie. They previously appeared together in NBC's television film The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988), which starred Bill Bixby as Dr. David Bruce Banner.
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Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans appeared in The Perfect Score (2004) and The Nanny Diaries (2007). Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo appeared in Zodiac (2007).
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The last Marvel Studios feature to have any footage, albeit a small amount, shot on 35mm film.
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The single-engine jet fighters are computer-rendered Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs. F-35s appear briefly in several scenes, including a sequence of the airplane transitioning from forward flight, to vectored-thrust hover-mode, in order to fire its twenty-five millimeter cannon. The F-35 was still in development at the time, and didn't even have basic combat capability until late 2015.
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(at around 17 mins) Mark Ruffalo also ad-libbed touching a baby's cradle in the abandoned house, in which he meets Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow.
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The only film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Thanos is not played by Josh Brolin.
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Although S.H.I.E.L.D. possesses futuristic technology, such as the Helicarrier, or the futuristic shuttles, some outdated aircraft can still be seen on the carrier. There is a huge number of Alpha-Jets, a German-French co-production that were put out of service by the German air forces in 1993, as well as showing some AV-8B Harrier II+, the night attack variant of the Sea Harrier, that is recognizable by its stretched nose, and is still in service with the U.S. Marine Corps. Finally, there is the latest and most capable aircraft on board: the F-35 Lightning II, that is about to be put into service by many air forces throughout the world.
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The highest grossing film of 2012.
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The "wishbone" section of the Helicarrier, where Banner's lab is located, is referred to in naval architecture as a "well deck". It provides a sheltered docking area, typically used for launching small boats or hovercraft for carrying troops ashore.
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One draft of the movie had it taking place from Tony's point of view.
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When Agent Coulson calls Tony Stark, Stark tries to avoid him by saying "you've reached the Life Model Decoy of Tony Stark". This is a hint at the robots of the same name from the comics that later serve an important role in "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" Season 4, also featuring Agent Coulson.
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The film was originally rated R.
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In Iron Man 2 (2010) Director Fury tells Stark that they need Iron Man but not him. They wanted to use Stark as a consultant. In this film, when Coulson arrives Stark kids him about "consultation hours".
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The character Thanos the Mad Titan smiles during the credits at the phrase "To court death." There are many Greek words for death, one of them being thanatos. Thanos's original plan for the Infinity Stones in the comics was to impress the goddess of Death by wiping out half the galaxy's population. This was the plan for his film adaptation as well, until the script for Avengers: Infinity War was written.
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Despite receiving criticism for appearing too simplistic and cartoonish, Captain America's costume from this film has been the only version of Captain America's outfit to appear in more than two Marvel Cinematic Universe Films. It has since been featured in Thor: The Dark World (2013), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Other than his original WWII outfit, Captain America has been depicted in new outfits in every other film.
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The bridge used during the main fight is also the same bridge used during I Am Legend (2007), when Will Smith's character is hung upside down.
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In the beginning of this movie, the pistol that Nick Fury and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are using is the Sig-Sauer P229 DAK, a .40 caliber double-action only pistol, which is the standard sidearm of the FBI and the Coast Guard.
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The bridge where Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Hulk fight against the Chitauri army, is the same bridge where J jumps onto a bus full of tourists, while pursuing an alien in Men in Black (1997).
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Hawkeye and Black Widow, in this film, are left-handed. Both carry their pistols on their left hips.
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Before Tony mentions the Shawarma restaurant, it can briefly be seen in the background when Captain America is fighting Chitauri soldiers.
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(at around 21 mins) In Captain America's opening scene, he is in a gym, punching a heavy bag. He punches the bag so hard it breaks its chain and falls to the floor. This parallels a similar scene from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001), also directed by Joss Whedon, in which Buffy hits a heavy bag so hard, its chain breaks, and the bag falls to the floor.
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Tony and Steve's constant bickering towards each other and near confrontation on the Helicarrier foreshadows their Civil War story line where they took opposing sides to superhero registration.
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As each character is introduced, the previous scene references that character. It begins when Fury says to call in the rest of the team, leading to the next scene of Black Widow being called. In that scene she is told to bring in "the big guy", referencing the Hulk. The next scene has her luring Bruce Banner. In the next scene, Fury is having a video conference with the World Security Council and says a war is won with soldiers, leading to the next scene with Captain America. In that scene, he says the tesseract should've been left in the ocean, leading to the next scene, in which Iron Man is in the water.
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Iron Man was originally going to be introduced in the midst of a battle against a cyborg supervillain. The idea was scrapped, but animatics of it were included, as part of the DVD special features.
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During the post-credits scene, a large letter "A" can be seen on the wall of the restaurant. While this could be seen as an obvious reference to the Avengers, it is actually a health inspector certificate. The letter grades are similar to an academic grading system, so an "A" would be the best score a food establishment could have.
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As of October 2014, this is the highest grossing Marvel movie of all time.
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Although Captain America and Tony Stark's relationship is often portrayed as fractious, such as the scene in this movie where the heroes argue in the Helicarrier's lab, along with Tony antagonizing Rogers at Barton's home in Ultron, and of course the events of Civil War and beyond in Infinity War and Endgame; with Tony even seemingly disappointed at one point making the remark "That's the guy my dad couldn't shut up about?" He does give Cap a rare compliment in this film during his confrontation with Loki when he's telling Loki about the team. Tony describes Cap as "a super-soldier, a living legend, who kinda lives up to the legend."
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The overall premise of the film is very similar to the pilot episode for the animated television series Justice League (2001) (which is based on the DC Comics counterpart). In both storylines, the team of superheroes bands together for the first time, in the wake of a pending alien invasion.
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(at around 48 mins) When Thor attacks Iron Man in the forest, J.A.R.V.I.S. informs Tony Stark that his armor is up over four hundred percent energy. When the camera focuses inside Iron Man's helmet, the real percentage of "475" can be seen. It appears to the left of the screen, close to Tony Stark's cheek.
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This is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be shown in a 1:85:1 aspect ratio instead of a 2:35:1.
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At the end when the Avengers all confront Loki in Stark Tower, Loki looks up to see all the Avengers standing over him and looking very, very angry. Loki cracks a joke to them and says, "If it's all the same to you, I'll take that drink now." Most of the Avengers are unamused, except for Tony (who offered Loki a drink in the first place) who cracks a slight smile at Loki's attempt at levity.
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The film was converted to 3-D during post-production.
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Producer Kevin Feige compares the film to Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011): "It set a standard for that level of ZOMG-awesomeness and scale. We're working to try to outdo that."
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Thanos appears only briefly, but if you look at him, his chin is quite unique. The comparison to the Skrulls is very possible, that Thanos may be the progenitor of the Skrull Race. In the comics, he is from the Titan moon of Saturn, whose fellow Titans have been gods all across the universe, creating races all over.
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While Natasha is battling her captors the music playing was a nod to the British TV series "The Avengers".
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Since landing on the Helicarrier, Bruce Banner wears a purple shirt. In the comics, The Hulk predominantly wears purple pants.
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In this movie, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner reprised their rolls as Nick Fury and Hawkeye, respectively. Both played similar roles in the same movie nine years earlier. In S.W.A.T. (2003), Jackson played Sergeant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson, a S.W.A.T. team leader charged with assembling a team of individuals to defend against bad guys. Renner played Brian Gamble, an expert marksman, and once a member of S.W.A.T., who uses his skills against his former friend, and S.W.A.T., when the main villain's actions influence him too much, like in this film. S.W.A.T. (2003) also starred Colin Farrell, who played Bullseye, one of the main villains in Daredevil (2003).
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Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner were nominated for the 2010 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Award for The Kids Are All Right (2010) and The Town (2010), respectively. Coincidentally, they both lost to another actor best known for playing a superhero: Christian Bale, who won for The Fighter (2010), and who played Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy.
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The Chinese title for the movie reads "Fu Chou Zhe Lian Meng" (literally, Avengers Alliance), while the online fan base and community like to abbreviate this title as "Fu Lian", which would be homonym to the abbreviation of "Women's Federation" in Chinese. Since it's easier to input this homonym when using common Chinese Pinyin input methods, online forums and communities went on to refer to The Avengers as it.
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This was the highest-grossing film in Malaysia, grossing about $10.96 million.
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The Bilgesnipe creature referenced by Thor is an animal native to Asgard in the comics. Many fans assumed the creature seen from Jotunheim in Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) may have been a Bilgesnipe or a subspecie of the creature but this has since been debunked.
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Joss Whedon wanted Zooey Deschanel to play The Wasp during working on the first draft of the film.
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Robert Downey Jr. said about Chris Hemsworth during day one of filming, "We gotta break his knee. We gotta take him out. This guy's too. good-looking. He's too tall, he's too charming, f*ck this guy!"
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Steve wears converse shoes. Founded in 1908, the company started making footwear for soldiers during World War II so it's one of the few things he still recognizes in the 21st century.
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Loki's staff breaks during his fight with Cap and Iron Man at the 30 min mark and just before the fight with Cap about the 40 min mark you can see that the staff has a lower blade below the mind stone and after the fight and all other scenes and in Age of Ultron it is gone.
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Robert Clohessy, who played the N.Y.P.D. Sergeant in the final scene, also played N.Y.P.D. Sergeant Sid Gormley on Blue Bloods (2010).
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The waitress saved by Captain America, and later interviewed about The Avengers, is called "Beth" (the name can be seen on her name tag during the interview).
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This movie is the second highest-grossing film of all time in the Philippines, with over 601 million PHP (over $13.3 million U.S.) in box office revenue, behind Iron Man 3 (2013).
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(At around 00:19:50) The World Security Council asks Fury why he doesn't start on phase two. To which Fury says phase two isn't ready yet and they need a response team. This could be a reference to the fact that this is the last movie of phase one and the movie where they finally assemble everyone from the previous marvel movies into a response team: The Avengers.
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Joaquin Phoenix was on the shortlist to play Bruce Banner, but he turned it down as he was reluctant to sign on for a multi-movie contract.
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Joe Carnahan was considered to direct the film before Joss Whedon was finally chosen.
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(at around 2h) When Tony Stark is fighting against the first Chitauri Leviathan, he asks J.A.R.V.I.S. if he knows Jonah's tale. According to the Bible, Jonah was God's prophet to Nineveh. Jonah ran from God's call, and when a big storm came upon the ship, in which he was travelling, he jumped over the side to save the passengers from God's displeasure. He was swallowed by a whale, and it delivered him to Nineveh after three days.
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Amanda Peet was considered for the role of Agent Maria Hill.
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The film was released in theatres on 4th May 2012, one year and four months before the 50th anniversary of the original "Avengers" comic.
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The trailer for Avengers showed the line "some assembly required". This is also the title of a (Joss Whedon made) episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's second season in 1997.
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Lindsay Lohan reportedly auditioned for a role.
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Near the end of the scene where the Black Widow is interrogating Loki the Black Widow is called a "mewling quim" by Lok, which is not something expected in a Disney film.
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This is Robert Downey Jr.'s and Scarlett Johansson's second time sharing the big screen as Iron Man and Black Widow, with the first being Iron Man 2 (2010).
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In an alternate Marvel Universe, the world's superheroes become zombies. When Zombie Spider-man forms the New Avengers, their call is AVENGERS DISMEMBER!, a reference to the iconic Avengers assemble phrase.
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The train engines are not only U.S. models, the front of the engine shows the Norfolk Southern Railway symbol.
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Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo took on the roles of real-life journalistic heroes in two separate films: Ruffalo as Boston Globe investigative journalist Mike Rezendes in Spotlight (2015), and Downey as Joe Wershba, one of Edward R. Murrow's news team at CBS, who helped to put an end to Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist crusade, in Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005).
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Malin Akerman, Alice Eve and Rachel Nichols were reportedly going to be cast in the film as either Sharon Carter or Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel. Akerman told E! online that her involvement with Marvel Studios is just a rumor. Yvonne Strahovski was also being rumored for Ms. Marvel.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) The jug and mugs next to Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow, and Hawkeye in the "Hawkeye becomes himself again" scene are STELTON, a Danish design by Erik Magnussen.
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Throughout the movie, Tony Stark can be seen wearing a Black Sabbath t-shirt. Black Sabbath performed the song "Iron Man", and can be heard at the end of Iron Man (2008).
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In Spain it was called "Marvel Los Vengadores" to avoid confusion with the iconic espionage franchise The Avengers (1961) and The Avengers (1998).
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His appearances in the MCU make Nick Fury one of Samuel L. Jackson's recurring roles. The other one he played with as Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels, another franchise that Disney acquired in 2012. Several other Star Wars actors have ended up appearing in the MCU as well: Benicio Del Toro, Andy Serkis, Natalie Portman, Hannah John-Kamen, Paul Bettany, Spencer Wilding, Danny Sapani, Peter Serafinowicz, Richard Armitage, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Donald Glover, and Lupita Nyong'o.
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The only Avengers movie to be produced by Paramount Pictures as in 2015 the other Avenger movies were distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
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At around 48 minutes, after the Avengers have captured Loki and he is locked in a glass chamber, Loki is talking with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) he uses the words "unlimited power". This was the last line Samuel L. Jackson's character Mace Windu hears from Emperor Palpatine, whilst Palpatine is zapping him with Force lightning which makes him fall to his death in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
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The facility where Dr. Selvig is studying the Tesseract is Plum Brook Station, a NASA facility near Sandusky, Ohio. For many years, its existence was hidden from the public. It has the largest vacuum chamber in the world as well as the largest vibro-acoustics chamber. This facility tested the Tesla Roadster to make sure it would travel safely into space aboard the Falcon Heavy Lift Vehicle.
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It was considered to have both Shang-Chi and the Mandarin be introduced in the post-credits scene, but it ultimately didn't happen due to the Beijing development team not wanting the franchise to have a Chinese villain.
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Only Avengers film released in a taller aspect ratio format both in theatres and home media. The sequels were shown in taller aspect ratios in theaters only but cropped to widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio for home releases.
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Scarlett Johansson and Cobie Smulders are both married to Saturday Night Live cast members. Johansson is married to Colin Jost, Smulders to Taran Killam. In the 1970s, SNL featured a sketch of Marvel and DC characters attending a dinner party. The Marvel characters included Hulk and Ant-Man, who later appeared together in Avengers: Endgame.
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It is later revealed in Captain Marvel (2019) that Nick Fury named the superhero team after Carol Danvers' Air Force callsign 'Avenger'. However, she is never mentioned in this film and does not appear in the MCU timeline until Avengers: Endgame (2019), six years after the events of The Avengers.
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Writer director Joss Whedon, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson are all left-handed.
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Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson) and Ashley Johnson (Waitress) worked together the same year in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. Gregg filling in last minute for another actor.
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The film shares its title with The Avengers (1998). However, the 1998 Avengers is based on the classic 1961 spy series, and the lead protagonists John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) are British Secret Agents. In this movie, The Avengers are team of superheroes, brought together and assembled by Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury, Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, and Maria Hill are Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Jensen Ackles was the producers' first choice for the role of Hawkeye but turned down the role, due of scheduling conflicts with Supernatural (2005) while Josh Holloway was considered for the part as well.
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Harry Dean Stanton has a cameo as the janitor that Bruce Banner meets. Stanton appeared in the original Alien (1979), while Joss Whedon wrote Alien: Resurrection (1997). Stanton also appeared in The Godfather Part II (1974). His cast mates, Al Pacino and James Caan, appeared in Disney's first comic-based film, Dick Tracy (1990). John Marley, who appeared in the original The Godfather (1972), also made a guest appearance on The Incredible Hulk (1977). He also appeared in The Green Mile (1999) with Dabbs Greer, who also made a guest appearance on the Incredible Hulk TV series.
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At appx. 2:01:34, right before Tony Stark flies into the mouth of a Chitaurian Leviathan, he asks Jarvis, "Jarvis, have you ever heard the tale of Jonah?," to which Jarvis (Paul Bettany) responds, "Uh... I wouldn't consider him a role model." Nine years earlier, Bettany played Dr. Stephen Maturin in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003). One of the subplots of "Master and Commander" was that the crew believed that their run of bad luck was due to another crew mate whom they considered a Jonah.
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The facility where Dr. Selvig is studying the Tesseract, it actually three rooms. There as a door between the chamber where the Tesseract is and where Dr. Selvig has his computers. There is another door just behind this area. The Tesseract chamber is the vacuum chamber at the Space Power Facility (SPF) at Plum Brook Station. The next room is an assembly room and the third is the vibro-acoustics chamber. There are rail tracks that run between the three so items being tested can be moved between the three.
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The only Avengers movie along with part 2 which didn't have a co-director
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Felicia Day denied reports on being cast as Abigail Brand.
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Layla Cushman's debut.
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Debbie Scaletta's debut.
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Maria Perossa's debut.
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Stan Lee: (at around 2h 10 mins) Creator of such Marvel comics as the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and many others, is the old man being interviewed at the end of the New York battle montage who says: "Superheroes in New York? Give me a break!" and then returns to a game of chess with a fellow senior citizen. He also appeared in a deleted scene: after witnessing a waitress flirt with Steve Rogers, Lee's character says, "Ask for her number, you moron!"
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

It took Marvel three tries with the MPAA to grant the film a PG-13, instead of an R rating, because of Agent Coulson's death scene. Originally, Loki's staff was seen bursting through his chest. Instead, a gruesome sound effect was added after Loki appears behind him, and then a quick-cut to Thor's reaction.
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The character to whom the Other is talking in the credits is Thanos the Mad Titan, a major supervillain in the Marvel Universe. He is a cosmic mass murderer, who is literally in love with the personification of Death, which is why he is smiling at the phrase, "To court death".
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According to Joss Whedon, it was his decision to include Thanos in a post-credits scene: "He, for me, is the most powerful and fascinating Marvel villain. He's the great-granddaddy of the badasses, and he's in love with Death, and I just think that's so cute. Somebody had to be in control, and had to be behind Loki's work, and I was like 'it's got to be Thanos'."
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(at around 1h 12 mins) A few seconds before Hawkeye's attack on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier, Bruce Banner finds the Tesseract's location on the computer. This explains why he later arrives in New York City during the invasion of the Chitauri, after the Hulk fell to the ground from the Helicarrier, during Hawkeye's attack.
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(at around 37 mins) Jasper Sitwell, outed as a H.Y.D.R.A. operative in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), makes an appearance in this film. He is the Agent who first finds Loki in Germany, through the facial recognition they were running.
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(at around 1h 9 mins) While Fury and the Avengers are arguing with each other on the Helicarrier, characters throw certain remarks that coincidentally foreshadow plot points in subsequent films: Steve asks Tony what he is without his armor, a topic deeply analyzed in Iron Man 3 (2013); Fury aggressively chastised Thor about foreign species going to his planet to "blow stuff up", which comes into play in Thor: The Dark World (2013), with the invasion of Asgard by the Dark Elves. The most unassuming one (which is ironically translated into the biggest plot point in the whole cinematic universe) is when Bruce asks Natasha if Captain America is on threat watch, to which she replies "we all are". In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Steve (and by extension, Natasha) becomes a fugitive of S.H.I.E.L.D. after the "murder" of Nick Fury. Natasha also mentions that S.H.I.E.L.D. monitors potential threats, which plays heavily into this film as well.
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The decimation of Stark Tower during the final battle destroys the company logo, leaving only the illuminated "A" at the end of the film. This becomes the logo for the Avengers.
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Body Count: one hundred fifty-one (including the Chitauri).
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SHIELD's "Phase 2" in this movie is discovered to be using the Tesseract to create similar weapons as HYDRA from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). This hints at HYDRA's larger connection to SHIELD in the literal Phase 2 of the MCU.
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(at around 37 mins) The classical music being played for the Stuttgart Museum, where they steal the eye-scan, so they can access the Iridium, is Franz Schubert's String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804, Op. 29 ("Rosamunde").
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It was revealed in an interview that the Galaga playing SHIELD agent was dusted behind the scenes of Avengers Infinity War
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The name "Avengers" was not chosen randomly. In 1995, after an adventure with Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, Fury began writing a proposal for a team of superheroes to protect the earth from hostile alien forces. He glanced at a photo of Danvers standing by her Pegasus plane and saw her callsign "Avenger" on the hull outside the cockpit. He then changed the original name of the initiate from "Protectors" to "Avengers".
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Captain America tells Tony that "[he's] not the guy to make the sacrifice play." In this movie he does, as he guides the nuke through the portal to destroy the Chiaturi and almost dies because of it. And in Avengers: Endgame Tony also sacrifices himself to stop Thanos.
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