History Awesome / TheAvengers

10th Oct '15 9:47:30 PM MikeW
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* In ''Comic/FantasticFour'' #243, Galactus has imprisoned the FF in force field bubbles and is about to feast upon Earth, reaching for the switch to activate his planet-demolishing machine...and then a blast of lightning rocks him away as Thor and the other Avengers arrive to help the FF.
30th Apr '15 6:40:22 AM Scorntex
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29th Apr '15 11:07:15 AM Scorntex
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** Though Monica herself would disagree with that last point, since [[ThouShaltNotKill she really didn't want to kill it.]]

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* During the ''Ultron Forever'' mini-series, the Walt Simonson-era Thor and Lady Thor are attacked by another Thor in a BadFuture, one working for Ultron. The first issue ends with Ultron!Thor impaling Simonson!Thor with his sword... [[spoiler:only for the next issue to begin with Simonson!Thor revealing that he's from the time where Hela cursed him, and therefore [[NoSell being impaled can't kill him]]. Thor then shocks Ultron's means of control out of his counterpart by creating a storm inside him.]] ** Later on, how does Ultron, [[spoiler:who has become godlike, and capable of deflecting Mjolinr]], get defeated? [[spoiler:Thor gives his hammer to Lady Thor, and she uses them to smash a hole in time, utterly atomizing Ultron.]]
18th Apr '15 5:25:22 AM StFan
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See [[Awesome/TheAvengers1 here]] for MarvelCinematicUniverse's [[Film/TheAvengers movie]].
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See [[Awesome/TheAvengers1 [[Awesome/TheAvengers2012 here]] for MarvelCinematicUniverse's [[Film/TheAvengers Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse's [[Film/TheAvengers2012 movie]].

-->'''Professor''': ''(after breaking up the crowd of students)'' If he bothers you again, just contact the Headmaster. -->'''Steed''': I'll do better than that. ''(pause)'' I'll break his arm.
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-->'''Professor''': ''(after -->'''Professor:''' (''after breaking up the crowd of students)'' students'') If he bothers you again, just contact the Headmaster. -->'''Steed''': Headmaster.\\ '''Steed:''' I'll do better than that. ''(pause)'' (''pause'') I'll break his arm.
8th Apr '15 12:56:16 AM Phoenixion
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See [[Awesome/TheAvengers1 here]] for MarvelCinematicUniverse's [[Film/TheAvengers movie]]. ----

[[folder:The Marvel Cinematic Universe film]] [[quoteright:350:[[Film/TheAvengers http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Avengers_Circle_7902.jpg]]]] [[caption-width-right:350:[[AvengersAssemble The moment we've all waited for.]]]] This, beyond a doubt, is a Crowning Movie Of Awesome! Five years, five movies, an AllStarCast and a full ''billion'' dollars worth of budget (counting this film itself), all as set up for a movie bringing together The Avengers now that they've been established in each of their own films! It could have been a catastrophic failure, but not only did they pull it off, they pulled it off ''spectacularly''! Now, onto specific moments: %% NOTE TO TROPERS: We are not interested in whether your theater cheered, because by now we know they all did, pretty much throughout the entire movie. Let's leave it at that instead of adding natter. * Loki's introduction proves he not only TookALevelInBadass, but now he definitely poses a big enough threat to have SHIELD bring the Avengers together. * Nick Fury willing to stall Loki so that the portal created by the Tesseract will cause the whole SHIELD facility above to bury this new threat and him along with it. --> '''Fury''': Like the pharaohs of old. * Black Widow's EstablishingCharacterMoment, after Coulson tells her 'Barton's been compromised'. She is barefoot, firmly bound to a chair, surrounded by a Russian mob boss and his three goons. It's ''sickeningly'' unfair... but not in the way you'd think. ** Coulson, like Fury, isn't fond of negotiating with scum. His intimidation is completely deadpan and completely effective. -->'''Russian leader''': (in Russian) You listen here-\\ '''Coulson''': You're at 114 Solenski Plaza. Third Floor. We have an F-22 exactly eight miles out. Put the woman on the phone or I will blow up the block before you can make the lobby.\\ (Beat, then the Russian shakily approaches Black Widow, giving her the phone.) ** Both Coulson's and Widow's casual reaction to her being tied up in a chair and interrogated. --> '''Coulson''': We need you to come in.\\ '''Black Widow''': Are you kidding? I'm working!\\ '''Coulson''': This takes precedence.\\ '''Black Widow''': I'm in the middle of an interrogation and this moron is giving me everything. * Bruce Banner goads Black Widow successfully. "I'm sorry, that was mean. I just wanted to see what you'd do. (Grin.)" ** Well, she was armed and terrified, meaning Fury hadn't sent some unsuspecting sacrificial lamb to lure him into a trap. But she didn't fire either, which meant Fury wasn't just out for his head. * Tony's introductory scene is awesome because it is a CallBack to a line from the original Iron Man. He said he wanted to move Stark Industries "in a direction I am comfortable with" and here he is testing the first commercial Arc Reactor. "A beacon of clean energy." * Loki makes an ''awesomely''-timed DynamicEntry as the piece of classical music that's playing in the background reaches to its crescendo. The music in question is Loki's leitmotif from ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung''. * The old German gentleman who decides he'd rather die than kneel to Loki: say hello to the BadassBystander. -->'''Loki:''' "[[AGodAmI There are no men like me.]]" \\ '''Old Man:''' "[[ANaziByAnyOtherName There are]] ''[[ANaziByAnyOtherName always]]'' [[ANaziByAnyOtherName men like you]]." ** WordOfGod says that the old man is a Holocaust survivor and it gets better when you hear Joss Whedon's commentary, and learn the character was put in because he realized the scene would have UnfortunateImplications without it. Taking a flaw in your script and turning it into a stand and cheer moment? That's Whedon for you. ** Cap's BigDamnHeroes moment, followed by a brief TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: --->'''Cap:''' "You know, [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger the last time I was in Germany]], and saw [[RedSkull a man standing above everybody else]]... we ended up disagreeing." ** Loki then shows off his fighting skills by [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] Captain America, the SuperSoldier. *** Another MOA for Loki in that is he is the only one to cleanly and single-handedly defeat Cap in a one-on-one battle in the Cinematic Universe. ** Followed by ''Iron Man's'' BigDamnHeroes moment. Set to "Shoot to Thrill" by Music/{{ACDC}} - a diegetic moment, since Tony casually ''hacked'' the hovercraft's broadcast speakers to play it. Tony knows how to make an entrance. --->'''Stark:'''''(To Natasha on the Quinjet's intercom)'' Agent Romanov... You miss me? ''(Cue BGMOverride via the Quinjet's PA system)'' * Thor's entrance into the film. As Cap, Tony and Natasha transport their "prisoner", a thunderstorm materializes around the plane. Suddenly, falling like a bolt of lightning, Thor plummets down out of nowhere onto the plane. He then smacks Iron Man aside, seizes Loki and flies away without a word. * Cap had already discovered he was no match for Loki. When Loki's 'kidnapped' by Thor, Black Widow tries to talk Cap out of following ('they're basically gods'), he replies "Ma'am, there's only one God, and I'm pretty sure He doesn't dress like that." He knows he's no match for the new mystery threat, but that doesn't stop Cap. (When has it ever?) * Thor and Iron Man's [[LetsYouAndHimFight fight in the woods]]: ** After soaking up Thor's lightning for five seconds, JARVIS tells Iron Man: "Power at 400% capacity." "How about that", says Tony, who then blasts Thor backwards. *** Thor follows it up by quickly recovering and landing on his feet. ** When Iron Man headbutts Thor, he staggers back a bit; When Thor headbutts Iron Man, he sends him ''flying''. *** It's "blink and you'll miss it", but afterwards, Iron Man's helmet has a noticeable dent. ** Iron Man seems to realize he's in over his head when Thor starts to crumple Tony's tankproof armor ''with his bare hands''. * Captain America, during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53-Jhr_y5HU Thor and Iron Man's fight in the woods]], orders both men to stand down harshly. Thor doesn't do so, and when Cap tells him to put his hammer down, the big guy [[BerserkButton takes]] [[TemptingFate this]] badly. As the god of ''thunder'' leaps and prepares to smack Cap down with Mjölnir, Cap's shield blocks it and... instant clear-cut. When the dust settles, Cap's no worse for wear. ---> '''Cap''' ''(calmly):'' "Are we done here?" ** The initial attempt at ending the fight was quite awesome, even if it was unsuccessful. He shows up out of nowhere and smacks both of them with a well-timed shield toss. * Tony is trying to hack into the Helicarrier's systems to figure out what SHIELD is keeping from them, but he's having trouble. Steve finds out before he does, the old fashioned way. * Black Widow tricks Loki into revealing his intention to unleash the Hulk inside the Helicarrier and thanks him for his cooperation -- in other words, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu the best spy on Earth manages to fool the]] ''[[DidYouJustScamCthulhu God of Lies]]''. She walked in to talk to the Trickster God in a battle of wits with no real cards to play except for Loki's anger and confidence, and she walked out with exactly what she wanted. What's more, she did this even though Loki was fully-informed on her thanks to Hawkeye, who's undoubtedly familiar with her method of choice. Of course, Loki still got what he intended in the end, so it's also an MOA for him. * Cap [[OffhandBackhand slaps away]] a grenade thrown by one of Loki's mooks while jumping. ** ...across a broken catwalk over ten thousand feet of fresh air. * [[LightningBruiser How fast is the Hulk?]] The pilot who "distracted" him by firing off bullets at the green giant tries to get out of Dodge by ejecting himself once the Hulk latches onto his jet... only for Hulk to immediately catch him and hurl him away himself. * Black Widow is in a state of shock after having nearly been killed by the Hulk. She's in a corner hugging her legs like a little girl, which is probably the last time this woman that's been trained as an assassin since childhood was so terrified. She hears from Fury on her comlink that the still mind-controlled Hawkeye is on board the Helicarrier. Still shaking, she quickly pulls herself together to go stop him. * Badly injured and unable to even stand, Agent Coulson lures Loki in close with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, then blasts him with a BFG that blows the Trickster God through at least one wall. -->'''Coulson''': "...you lack conviction." ** Coulson [[spoiler: readily accepted his own heroic sacrifice, foreseeing that it would galvanize the Avengers into a real team]]. * [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FrzYzJUmVg Thor's fight with the Hulk]]. The Hulk nearly [[CurbStompBattle curb stomps]] every fight he has in this movie, from Black Widow all the way up to the alien Leviathans. Thor is the ''only'' one in the entire film who puts up anything like an equal fight against the Hulk. ** Thor ''might'' even have been able to manage a win eventually. But the Hulk got distracted. ** Thor not only blocks an overhand strike from the Hulk, but actually starts to ''shove Hulk's arm back'' with both of his. ** The Hulk knocks Thor through a set of solid steel storage containers and an aluminum bulkhead. Thor picks himself up, realizes that the blow left him bleeding from the nose, and suddenly gives a [[SlasherSmile berserker grin.]] * Thor ''uppercutting'' the Hulk ''into a fighter jet'' with his hammer without even looking, then drop-sliding under the plane wing that Hulk hurls at him to hurl his hammer at him to trap Hulk. ** Which is followed by Hulk own MOA, leaping onto the upper floor, slamming Thor through the floor and onto the ceiling, breaking his grip. It's a blink-and-miss, but Hulk had actually began to give Thor the "Loki-treatment" before the pilot distracted him. Though, Thor was barely nicked, so its an MOA for him as well * Tony's speech to Loki. He threatens a demigod while completely unarmed. * Nick Fury showing why he's the Director of SHIELD during the attack on the Helicarrier bridge, easily taking out a few fully armed men storming in. We waited to see him kick ass ever since Creator/SamuelLJackson took the role. We got our wish and it was awesome. --> '''Fury''': [[YouShallNotPass You're not getting in here.]] * And don't forget the launch of the Helicarrier. Such mechanical elegance and grace and raw power. ** At first, it's just an awesome aircraft carrier. Then it turns into a ''flying'' aircraft carrier, then it '''cloaks itself''' (from the bottom view at least). ** If anything, it really gives off the vibe that Marvel Cinematic Universe Earth has indeed [[TookALevelInBadass Taken A Level In Badass]] since the last films. * Captain America talks down a SHIELD agent trying to stop him by virtue of just being Captain America. Doubles as a funny moment like many of the other moments on this page. -->'''Cap:''' [[PreemptiveShutUp Son, just don't.]] * During the argument between Steve and Tony that almost escalates into a full-blown fight, Steve tells Tony "Put on the suit, let's go a few rounds." To clarify, Steve Rogers will only consider this fight fair if his opponent has a suit of high-tech, fully loaded with weapons, PoweredArmor. ** And on Tony's end, he's fully aware how physically superior a super soldier is, and seems to be entirely willing to go those few rounds with Cap WITHOUT his armor. I'm sure that dig about being nothing without it had nothing to do with this. * Although she's a minor character, Maria Hill proves herself to be among the more effective agents in SHIELD, from the ChaseScene against both Loki and Hawkeye to defending the bridge of the Helicarrier with Fury just after getting knocked back by a grenade at the start. ** Back to that grenade bit she spots it and leaps to cover while pulling and saving a comrade with her without a thought. Then she does it again. ** She also gets small [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Heroes]] moment when she takes out a mook about to shoot Fury with one bullet. ** In fact, after Fury, she was the one who kicked most ass in that room. *** Justified, though. Fury wouldn't make someone his second-in-command for nothing. * A deleted scene reveals that Harry Dean Stanton was responsible for Banner changing his mind and going back. Not to mention that he gets outright philosophical at one point: --> '''HDS:''' "Are you like, a big guy that gets all little, or a little guy that sometimes gets big?"\\ '''Banner:''' "Y'know... I'm not so sure anymore..." ** Can't believe nobody called out on Harry Dean Stanton asking someone if they were an alien. Meta-CMOA. * Here's another one for Banner, when you consider how quickly he [[HulkOut Hulked Out]] to take down the Leviathan. The long, painful-looking transformation on the Helicarrier? ''That was all Bruce fighting the change!'' * It says something about how awesome and skilled Tony is as an engineer that he built a walking disassembly rig for his suit just so he could land and casually walk inside his penthouse without breaking stride. He designs a piece of incredibly complex machinery that would give most engineers fits trying to create, ''just'' so he can have a conveniently stylish entry into his private home. * A minor one, but the fact that Thor is the ''only'' Avenger to realise Loki's got a [[TheManBehindTheMan backer]], just from one bit of Loki bluster. Especially given Loki spent the last film, and this one pulling the wool over his brother's eyes. -->"Who showed you this power? ''Who'' controls the would-be king?" From this point on, we'll be discussing the last half-hour of the film, where ''every major character in the film'' gets ''at least'' one Awesome Moment. Marvel saved their best stuff for this film, and it damn well shows: * A subtle one right at the start. Tony is the first one to make it back to Stark Tower in his heavily damaged armor and sees Loki waiting for him. Now, Tony's highly capable as Iron Man, but without his armor, he's just a civilian with a bad heart. But he doesn't even ''hesitate'' to walk straight into the building, remove his armor, and confront a ''god'' all by himself. ''Without his armor.'' ** Of course, a big part of Tony's CharacterDevelopment has been that [[FridgeBrilliance the armour doesn't make]] [[BadAss the man]]. * Loki is able to MindControl people by touching his scepter to their hearts. Then he tries it on Tony Stark and we hear a little ''tink'' as it bounces off his arc reactor... ** And they both stand there looking at it for a {{beat}} - and then he tries it ''again''. At which point Tony starts consoling Loki over his "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything performance issues]]". * Tony suits up in the Mark 7 suit while falling to the ground. -->'''Iron Man:''' And there's one other person you pissed off. [[BadassNormal His]] [[FirstNameBasis name]] [[TheHeart is Phil]]. *repulsor blast* ** Also a CrowningMomentOfFunny, when the Mark 7 is deploying, it slams into Loki on its way out. ** Something to note about the Mk 7. JossWhedon wanted to use the circular arc light instead of the triangular one, so the Mk 7 was made. However, Joss also gave the Mk 6 a good run: [[spoiler: trading hits with Thor, having more fire power than in ''Film/IronMan2'', and surviving the helicarrier turbine well enough for Stark to fly back to Stark Tower.]] This is prominent because when it comes to alterations in comic book worlds, creators tend to be... petty. *** "And tiny," says Thor. * The Hulk joining the climactic battle. --> '''Captain America:''' Doctor Banner... now might be a really good time for you to get angry. \\ '''Bruce Banner:''' (''turning and smiling'') That's my secret, Captain: [[TranquilFury I'm always angry]]. (''[[HulkOut Hulks out]] and [[OneHitKill takes out an alien Leviathan with one punch]].'') ** This really warrants elaboration. The Leviathan is the thing chasing Tony when he says he's "bringing the party to you." It's a giant, armored, whale of a monster that's shrugged off everything Iron Man has thrown at it. The Hulk doesn't just OneHitKill it, he '''stops it cold''' with one punch. *** To further elaborate, it's also a CMOA for the writers and Banner, as they've actually managed a consistent and well thought-out character arc for Banner. At the end of the [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk last movie]] he was in, he began willingly transforming and trying to control, or at least work with, the Hulk. Now, as he's alluded to several times throughout the movie, he's mastered it by mastering himself. He's accepted the anger as a part of himself, and in doing so can willingly transform at any time. Because of this, the Hulk is no longer an uncontrollable monster, but rather a useful ally. Banner has mastered the Hulk, which is awesome in and of itself, but even more importantly, the writers have mastered his character arc. So, it's three [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOAs]] [[YourHeadAsplode at once]]. ** Banner's ReactionShot warrants a mention. Every other Avenger has a major "OhCrap" reaction when they see a giant flying-whale-serpent tearing down Park Avenue, but Banner just looks at the Leviathan, looks at the rest of the group, and starts walking towards the Leviathan with this wordless expression on his face that says "Chill, guys. I got this." *** Unless you saw the blooper reel, which showed the same scene... except with Ruffalo taking one look and ''bolting'', screaming "Dudes, you're on your own!" Cue Cap cracking up. * TheOner that follows each of the Avengers in the final battle. ** The DVD commentary reveals that TheOner nearly didn't make it in. Joss was told, "We're not sure we can fit this shot into the movie," and responded, "But... this shot '''is''' the movie." * Hawkeye [[OffhandBackHand casually shooting down a Chitauri glider without even looking]] while telling Iron Man that the Chitauri "certainly can't bank worth a damn," so he should find some tight corners. ** Later, he fires an arrow at Loki, who's chasing Natasha on one of the Chitauri glider. Loki ''[[ArrowCatch catches it offhandedly]] with a smirk''[[spoiler: -- and then it [[SubvertedTrope blows up in his face]].]] ** And immediately after this, Loki quickly recovers, then the music goes all tense... ''and the Hulk jumps into the frame, roaring and slamming Loki through the glass wall.'' * Captain America saves a room full of innocent civilians from the Chitauri ''by himself''. ** [[spoiler:On a TV report after the battle, one of the civilians that Cap saved thanks him for his heroics. She was also shown having seen his unmasked face before, so she'd be able to recognize his alter-ego.]] * Nick Fury telling the World Security Council ''exactly'' where they can stick their orders to nuke New York City. -->'''WSC''': Director Fury, the Council has made its decision. -->'''Nick Fury''': I recognize that the Council has made a decision, but given that it's a ''[[WhatWereYouThinking stupid-ass]]'' decision, [[SophisticatedAsHell I've elected to ignore it]]. ** Fury then stops one of the planes from flying with a ''rocket launcher''. And even more impressively, he's such a good shot that the pilot survives. [[spoiler:It doesn't take with the second plane, but still.]] *** It gets better; Fury made that shot despite only having one eye. No depth perception and a limited vision field, and he ''still'' pulled it off. ** Iron Man [[spoiler:''catches the nuclear missile and tosses it into the aliens' spaceship''. Even better when you consider he spent his first two movies giving the middle finger to the arms industry and the government. Talk about a nuclear deterrent.]] ** The Council gets one in an odd sort of way, by out thinking Nick freaking Fury when they [[spoiler: followed standard delivery procedure and ordered ''two'' aircraft to launch the nuclear strike]]. And technically, they were right. [[spoiler: The nuke did end the invasion, just not in the way the Council intended.]] * Black Widow not only kicks her fair share of Chitauri ass - [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard frequently with their own weapons]] - she also [[spoiler:gets to close the portal.]] ** Her jumping off of Cap's shield and catching a ride on a speeding Chitauri glider. By stabbing a couple of knives into the pilot and perching on his back. Then she drives the Chitauri glider ''with'' the pilot she just stabbed. * In the final battle, Captain America gets a great moment when he commands the cops to rescue the citizens, but one cop asks why they should be taking orders from him. Cap then responds by taking out several attacking Chitauri by ''himself'' ** I would also cite the cops themselves: Outnumbered by an advanced alien armada, they still stand their ground, pull out their sidearms, and open fire. New York's finest indeed. ** The fact that Cap was able to figure out precisely what needed to be done right down to the exact street he needed the perimeter to extend to is an MOA for Cap himself. Even with the distraction that is fighting off an alien army, Cap is still The Star-Spangled Man With A {{Plan}}. *** FridgeBrilliance: Cap's a native New Yorker. He might not know the modern city, but the grid was in place when he was around, including Grand Central. He knows the terrain. **** And he does know the modern city. A deleted scene shows him eating at a cafe sketching the skyline that includes Stark Tower. And wouldn't your mind just dwell on all the details that have changed? ** And in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRd-CeWzZrs this deleted scene]], Cap manages to save a family from a Chitauri trying to kill them by doing what he does best: throwing his shield. After they're saved, his sense of authority and LivingLegend status really shines through in this exchange: --->'''Captain America:''' Get underground. --->'''Father:''' ''(grabbing his son)'' Yes, sir. * During the final battle, the Hulk confronts Loki, who goes into a rant about how he is superior to all of them and refuses to let them win. Or, he would have said that; [[ShutUpHannibal let us just say that the Hulk]] [[MetronomicManMashing cares not for his rant]]. ** And then the big guy snarls "Puny god." at Loki before rejoining the battle. *** Made all the more awesome in that they are the only decipherable words spoken by the Hulk in the entire film. Everything else is just grunts and bellows of rage. ** The sight of [[spoiler:Loki]] embedded in the floor afterwards is what makes this moment. He's just left staring silently up with this great shocked/terrified, 'What the flying hell just happened?' look on his face. And as the camera pans out, the only sound he makes is a long, high-pitch whimper. ** The moment gets even more awesome when you remember how Loki had singled out Banner on the Helicarrier, taunting him in earshot of everyone as "the beast who makes play he's still a man," and reminding Banner who the cage was really made for. It's extra fitting that "the beast" is the one to give Loki a faceful of karmic comeuppance. ** Better still when you recall how Loki has gloated over/taunted them all by this point: Captain America in Germany, Thor during their argument, Black Widow when he was imprisoned (granted she was bluffing, but he was still trying), Tony Stark in Stark Tower, and Hawkeye he's been controlling for most of the film. Then he tries it with Hulk...and it lasts all of three seconds. ** This is also a minor CMOA for Asgardian physiology. Anyone else would have been pulverized. Or rather, ''more'' pulverized. *** [[spoiler:You mean '''Frost Giant''' physiology. "He's adopted."]] ** It's also a sign of great acting talent when Loki's actor managed to keep a straight-face while being filmed wheezing in a crater. Well, after a few takes. They're on the blooper reel. *** Not only being able to do it so straight faced, but to make it sound like he's actually ''in pain''. ** This is also a CMOA in a meta-sense for the writers in the lead-up to this sequence. In theaters across the globe, when this moment happened, the audience exploded into near-deafening applause because of how many people were looking forward to the moment Loki gets his due and how well they pulled it off. *** ''Creator/JossWhedon'', through his long and illustrious career writing, producing, and directing several successful films and [=TV=] series, mentioned on the commentary that he considers this moment his MagnumOpus. [[PoesLaw It was probably a joke]], but there are several who would agree without irony. * The Hulk saving Iron Man as [[spoiler:he helplessly plummets back to Earth after flying a nuke through the portal the Chitauri were coming from, his suit out of energy]]. * How about TheStinger? Who honestly thought they'd go into the theater and ever expect to see [[spoiler:Thanos, the Mad Titan]]? Definitely an awesome moment for Marvel. ** Even better is the SlasherSmile [[spoiler: he gives despite being told attacking the Avengers "means death". You can practically hear him say '''Challenge accepted.''']] * Back to the battle, the LockAndLoadMontage of all the heroes (save Bruce Banner) before they head out to save the world * It was spoiled by the trailers, but the money shot of the heroes as the camera was circling around them was nothing but a thing of beauty. ** The mere image of all of these characters on screen together (take note that before that point, they were never ALL on screen together,) now a unified team ready to kick some ass, the first legitimate comics crossover in the history of the big screen. ** The shot was already awesome in the trailer. Hearing it with Creator/AlanSilvestri's main theme? Awesome '''times ten'''. *** And as Silvestri's main theme is heard in bits and pieces throughout the film but not given its fullest treatment until now, this (and in fact, the ''entire score'') also counts as an MOA for him. *** Especially better as in the trailer with a different theme, the scene felt anxious and uneasy--the implication being, "Well, the Avengers are in some kind of trouble." With the main theme playing in the movie proper, it's a complete "hell yeah" moment, with the exact ''opposite'' implication, that of, "The Avengers are ready to kick seven kinds of ass." * There was just something about seeing the Hulk smashing his way through the Chitauri, especially at one point when an alien Leviathan is headed for an office building full of people. The camera pans inside and hear stomping as the Hulk makes his way through. Everyone gets the heck out of the way before he smashes through the window and onto the beast. ** And when he latches onto the Leviathan, he manages to make it turn away from the building at the last second. How? By hanging onto the side of its mouth and pulling it. * Loki has trapped Thor in the cage built for the Hulk - which Fury notes earlier had unbreakable glass that should've been able to stand up to even one of the Hulk's punches. Thor smacks it with Mjölnir, and it gets a very sizable crack. What really sells this is Loki's reaction: he goes from gloating to startled, and takes a big step back with a look on his face that shows he was actually scared for a second. It takes him a few seconds of nervous laughter to cover it up. ** Later, he uses focus and the right angles to get his bearing in a ''box spinning and rotating at nauseatingly high speeds plummeting to the ground at terminal velocity'' - something that would be totally impossible for any normal person - and then he rockets out of the thing! * A very subtle one, but before the awesome shot showing all the Avengers as the camera circles around them, we see the Chitauri all stop to growl and snarl at them after Hulk punches out a Levithan. This is a hardened alien army that exists just to exterminate life without a second thought, and they've all stopped to turn their attention to ''six people''. You know the Avengers are officially getting started when they've proven themselves a threat to such a force. ** Made better by the Hulk defiantly roaring back. * Thor's fight with Loki, especially this moment: For a moment it seems like Loki might actually be swayed to the side of good... and then he stabs Thor, declaring that the thunder god's sentiment makes him weak. Thor's response is to strike Loki before dropping him face-first into the ground, then taking out the knife. And then...no followup. He just fights the whole battle wounded, not a word of complaint. * There's something just amazing about Iron Man letting Captain America do what he does best, as we see Cap rallying his team and giving each Avenger their orders to save the day. * Cap's orders, ''period''. One could look at the concept of just six people, three of them close-to-normal normal humans, defending the entire island of Manhattan from a massive alien army, and laugh. And you'd be right. It shouldn't work. But Cap's strategy makes it perfectly sensible and believable, keeping the Chitauri contained while placing each member in the unique position where their unique powers can be at maximum effectiveness: --> '''Romanov''': Guys.... ''(A new wave of Chitauri is coming through the portal.)''\\ '''Stark''': Call it, [[TheLeader Cap]]. ''(Endorsing Steve Rogers as the tactical commander of the group.)''\\ \\ '''Rogers''':\\ Alright, listen up. Until we can close that portal our priority is containment. ''(so six people aren't trying to cover the whole city, even though the Chitauri are flying in from above)''\\ \\ [[{{ComicBook/Hawkeye}} Barton]], I want you on that roof, eyes on everything. Call out patterns and strays. ''(Clint, with his superior eyesight in an optimal vantage-point, can tell the other Avengers what's happening and keep a running commentary, so everyone knows exactly what's going on where -- while providing cover for them with his arrows.)''\\ \\ [[ComicBook/IronMan Stark]], you've got the perimeter. Anything gets more than three blocks out, you turn it back or you turn it to ash. ''(so Tony is in the position where he can unleash the full potential of his firepower and maneuverability, and he's not wasting his capabilities on individual skirmishes.)''\\ \\ [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], you've gotta try and bottleneck that portal. Slow 'em down. You've got the lightning; light the bastards up. ''(to limit the spread of the army and keep them tripping over themselves as they try to pass through.)''\\ \\ [[Comicbook/BlackWidow You]] ''(Natasha)'' and me, we stay on the ground, keep the fighting here. ''(they can leave the heavy-duty work to the more powerful members, and keep the individual Chitauri busy as well as rescue civilians.)''\\ \\ And [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]? ''[{{Beat}}.]'' ... ''Smash''. ''(Hulk's job was sowing general disarray and keeping the forces unorganized. The guy was damn near impossible to stop unless contained and everything he touches pretty much folds right then and there. His aptly put 'Smash' is generally what kept the heat off of most of the Avengers because Hulk was bouncing around and disrupting what semblance of an attack command they had left. Once the Hulk was cornered, the battle went downhill)''. ** Even just a little earlier, there's an awesome (but easily missable) example of how strong a leader Cap is: before Banner and Stark show up, they all initially come together to set up a plan. Cap insists they work as a team, but Thor and Hawkeye object - saying they'd rather deal with their own issues with Loki. Cap's response? "Save it." He then goes on explaining his plan as if neither of them had even said anything, and despite having only met him that day the superspy and ''warrior prince'' both drop the issue and listen. * Iron Man is having trouble getting through a Leviathan's shell, so he comes up with an [[FeedItABomb alternative strategy:]] -->'''Iron Man:''' Ever hear the tale of Jonah? -->'''JARVIS:''' [[DeadpanSnarker I wouldn't consider him a role model]]. * Thor bottlenecks the portal. How? He lands atop the Chrysler Building, summons a thunderstorm, uses the building as a lightning rod, and fires an enormous blast of lightning into the portal so powerful it blows up several of the Leviathans outright. * Thor and the Hulk going BackToBackBadasses on one of the Leviathans, even taking out the beast itself. ** Followed by a CMOA punchline as [[spoiler: Hulk sucker-punches Thor, just 'cuz]]. *** What hits the roof in this one is the off hand CombinationAttack that goes by perfectly without either character so much as glancing at eachother to pull it off. Hulk rips out a chunk of Leviathan armor and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice drives it into the thing's head]]. Standard Hulk. Thor decides to follow this up not one second later, using Mjnolir to drive the spike, and a thunderbolt for flavor, ''into its brain''. This being what dropped the Leviathan out of the sky. * Iron Man firing a beam at Cap's shield to reflect the shot off and into some Chitauri ala ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'' was awesome. Just the teamwork between the two. ** Considering that at an earlier point in the film, Cap and Iron Man were just about to [[LetsYouAndHimFight come to blows]] over clashing [[RedOniBlueOni egos]], seeing the two [[FireForgedFriends team up flawlessly]] when push comes to shove is a sight to behold. * Tony's verbal sparring match with Loki as he casually offers him a drink. -->'''Loki:''' What have I to fear? -->'''Tony:''' (nonchantly pouring himself a drink) The Avengers. (seeing Loki's puzzled reaction, he rolls his eyes a little) It's what we call ourselves. Sorta like a team. [[ShoutOut "Earth's mightiest heroes" type thing.]] -->'''Loki:''' (smirking) Yes. I've met them. -->'''Tony:''' (smirking back) Yeah. Takes us a while to get any traction, I'll give ya that. But, let's do a headcount here: [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Your brother, the demigod;]] [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica a super-soldier--a living legend who kind of lives up to the legend;]] [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk a man with breathtaking anger management issues;]] [[ComicBook/BlackWidow a couple of]] [[{{ComicBook/Hawkeye}} master assassins]] -- and you, big fella, you've managed to piss off every single one of 'em. -->'''Loki:''' That was the plan. -->'''Tony:''' Not a great plan. When they come -- and they will -- they'll come for you. -->'''Loki:''' I have an army. -->'''Tony:''' We have a ''[[PersonOfMassDestruction Hulk]]''. -->'''Loki:''' Oh, I thought the beast had wandered off. -->'''Tony:''' No, you're missing the point -- there is ''no'' throne. There is ''no'' version of this where you come out on top. ''Maybe'' your army comes, and ''maybe'' it's too much for us, but it's ''all on you.'' [[BadassBoast 'Cause if we can't protect the Earth, you can be damn well sure we'll avenge it.]] ** A slightly more subtle CMOA for Tony's CharacterDevelopment: He doesn't mention ''himself'', even when it would have been pragmatic to scrape up every second of long-windedness he could because he was stalling to activate his next suit. The only time Tony makes reference to himself as one of the Avengers is with the word "we". *** This could also be his willingness, were his suit not ready in time and Loki killed (or, for all he knew, turned) him, to discount himself from the head count of Avengers (and in the latter case, he's completely confident in the team's ability to put him down, if it comes to that). **** There's another option, which is that part of the reason Loki was letting him speak and stall at all was because Tony was seemingly completely at his mercy, and the last thing that would help with distracting Loki from him rearming himself was him bringing up what a threat he was. The true test of what was on his mind, himself or the team, comes when he's all suited up, and he gets an opportunity to finally add himself to the list. ---->'''Iron Man:''' And there's one other person you pissed off. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming His name is Phil]]. * Selvig gets a quiet but crucially important moment: Despite the fact he was under Loki's mind control, he still subconsciously managed to fight back enough to put a backdoor sabotage into the portal device. Without that, they would never have been able to close the portal - plus, it just shows his sheer strength of will. ** Selvig comes round in the middle of an apocalypse he made possible, on the edge of a tall building. Natasha approaches him, cautiously, staring over the edge, clearly ready to start talking him down from the ledge, enough so that she doesn't realize why he's yammering about the scepter at first. But it turns out Selvig's only thought is for closing the portal... and he's staring directly at the solution. It's a great, if subtle bait and switch that shows how strong a person he his. ** Similarly, Clint is asked "What did it (the Tesseract) show you?" He replies, looking straight at Loki: "My next target." He goes on to talk about getting the iridium, but note that Clint is an ''assassin'' - he may have had just enough fight left in him to decide that Loki was going down. * Pay attention when the Hulk shouts Tony back to life in the end -- the arc reactor's light is off at first, then comes on again when Tony does. PercussiveMaintenance be damned, the Hulk may be the second most qualified person on Earth to handle arc reactor technology! ** And before he does shout, watch him. It looks as if he's quickly thinking it over, making you remember that inside the giant green rage monster is the mind of one of the greatest scientists in the Marvel universe. * After two movies' worth of CaptainObvious moments, ''JARVIS'' scores a personal [=CMoA=] by being ahead of the game just as he needs to be. --> '''Tony''': Jarvis, put ''everything we've got'' into the thrusters!\\ '''JARVIS''': I just did. * In the first post-credits scene, a Chitauri talks to [[spoiler:Thanos]] about humans. ''Everything'' about that scene shows that Nick Fury succeeded magnificently in his plan to make mankind known across cosmos, as something not to be messed with. ---> "To challenge them is to court death." ** Sorry, but Thanos deserves one, too. Just the confident grin he gives, despite being handed a great defeat. Then again, he is one who knows ''all'' about courting Death. * Two of the DeletedScenes, which would have served as [[BookEnd Book Ends]] for the bulk of the plot, Maria Hill is interrogated by the World Security Council, where she states in the first one that the Avengers were a mistake. And then it turns out she actually thinks they were the best thing for the situation and then proceeds to call the WSC out on [[spoiler:trying to nuke New York and telling them that SHIELD has it on record, so they better not try to go after Nick Fury.]] Wow. ** Even better - When she calls out the "morons" [[spoiler:for trying to nuke Manhattan]], she's initially told that the matter is "not in question" & the WSC are clearly trying to get her to provide damning testimony of Fury. After closing her statement by outright stating that despite her past disagreements with Fury's actions & making several complaints about him, she agrees with what the ones he took in regards to the Avengers & the invasion, before making the point of calling the WSC out on [[spoiler:the nuke]]. --> '''Hill''': Oh, and, uh, as for the matter that's "not in question," where you morons tried to [[spoiler: nuke New York?]] Well, that's on the record. As in, we recorded it. We do that; we're S.H.I.E.L.D. So, if you're thinking about coming after Nick Fury, ''ever''...think really, really hard. * During their brawl on the Helicarrier, Thor initially goes hand-to-hand with the Hulk. When he realizes that won't work, with the Hulk charging at him, he assumes his three-point "Hammer summon" pose, and [[OverlyLongGag calmly holds it for the several seconds]] it takes for the hammer to get to him from wherever it had been stowed away since we last saw him with it. He gets it just in time to pivot and give the Hulk a kiss on the chin with it. ** And when the Hulk is rushing him as he's waiting for his hammer, Thor actually has a look of minor fear on his face, but rather than relocate and try to summon the hammer again, Thor waits where he is, with unflinching faith in Mjölnir's timing. * The closing scene of the Avengers parting ways, and Thor returning Loki to Asgard. The [[SmugSnake smug bastard]] spent the whole movie killing people for kicks and taking every moment to rub everyone's noses in it. Seeing him defeated and being led away gagged and bound while the Avengers look on might be one of the greatest moments in film. ** The wide grin on Clint's face really makes it sink in. Other film-related moments: * This isn't a story-relevant [=MoA=] but... just look at the film's amazing opening week gross of $207,438,708 and [[http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3438&p=.htm behold]]. ** It's now the fastest movie to date to make $250mil, grossing that in just 6 days (for perspective, the movie's budget was $220mil). Keep in mind that this only accounts for ''domestic'' gross; by the time it hit that record, it had already grossed ''$500mil'' in international markets thanks to the slightly earlier launch. *** It was also the fastest to reach $100mil (2 days), $150mil (2 days), $200mil (3 days), $250mil (6 days), $300mil (9 days), $350mil (10 days), $400mil (14 days), $450mil (17 days), $500mil (23 days), and $550mil (31 days). And while it couldn't catch ''Avatar'''s time record, the film has now grossed over $600 million at the domestic box office. **** And the movies it has topped are certainly no box office slouches. The following movies lost their North American box office records to ''The Avengers'': ''[[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2]]'' (opening weekend for any film; summer opening weekend; opening weekend, adjusted for inflation; IMAX gross during opening weekend; days to reach $100, $150 million; and highest cumulative gross 2-4 days after release), ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' (opening week for any film; opening weekend, adjusted for ticket pricing; days to reach $200, $250, $300, $350, $400, $450 million; and highest cumulative gross 5-28 days after release), ''[[HannahMontana Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert]]'' (theater average - wide release), ''[[Film/AliceInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' (3D gross during opening weekend), ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' (second weekend for any film; days to reach $500, $550 million; and highest cumulative gross 29-43 days after release) and ''[[Film/SpiderMan Spider-Man]]'' (highest monthly share of domestic earnings). To put those marks in perspective, it took the records of four films that are in the Top 12 in the worldwide all-time box office, one of the highest-grossing concert films of all time and the opening to one of the highest-grossing superhero film series ever. **** It's made a BILLION globally in just 19 days. This means that it has made back ''it's'' budget, AND the budget of ''every single other film'' in the MarvelCinematicUniverse as well! Again, in ''19'' days! **** Not only that, but in doing so, it TIED with ''Avatar'' and ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2'' for fastest-to-billion. That's '''huge''', regardless of it's final gross in the future. **** Apparently despite its belated release in Japan [[http://aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com/4174122.html it managed to gain strong foothold and scored high in the box office draw]] ** It's currently the highest-grossing comic-inspired movie ever, ''regardless'' of whether or not you adjust for inflation. ** Another sign of how big a hit it was? [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/avengers-shawarma-scene-i_n_1500762.html Shawarma sales apparently shot way up after the film's release]] because of the post-climactic scene of Tony rambling about wanting to try some of it after he almost dies chucking the nuke through the wormhole, and the post-post-credits stinger of the exhausted Avengers chowing down on it in a trashed restaurant after the fight. ** In the USA, in the month that it was released, Avengers earned more at the box office than every single other movie combined. ** ''"[[Film/IronMan1 I'd like to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative]]"''. Ten words which made comic fans the world over {{Squee}}. Fast forward four years and [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk four]][[Film/IronMan2 more]] [[Film/{{Thor}} Marvel]][[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger films]], and they led to ''this''. The amount of work to build a running story over five films to culminate in something even generally accepted to live up to the hype is definitely a moment of awesome for all involved. * Also not story related, [[http://www.methodstudios.com/work/the-avengers but Method Studios deserves high praise for the pre-stinger credits.]] Especially when combined with Silvestri's score... '''Damn.''' * Can we say this is an [=MoA=] for Mark Ruffalo? Originally expected to be the worst part of the film due to previous lackluster Hulk movies, widely hated as a ReplacementScrappy for Edward Norton, mocked roundly whenever promotional pictures came out... and then the actual movie was released, and his performance pretty much shut everybody the hell up. His success overlaps with [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] if you're aware of the personal traumas (face-paralyzing brain tumor, murder of his brother) that have nearly ended Ruffalo's career ''twice'' in the last decade - and that Ruffalo's survived them while maintaining a reputation as one of the most professional and genuinely nice people in Hollywood. ** Not only that. Before the Avengers movie came out, there were no plans on a Hulk movie, based on previous movies being lackluster. After ''Avengers'' came out, a Hulk movie is talked about with Mark Ruffalo. *** "[[Film/TheIncredibleHulk I'm sorry]], [[{{Troll}} that was mean.]]" ** It seems that Mark Ruffalo is Idris Elba 2.0 when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Every scene with him in it is a resounding '''THAT IS WHY''' to answer why he was cast. * Loki lets a kid [[http://www.g33kwatch.com/movies/story-of-a-five-year-old-avenger-meeting-the-avengers/ ride on his shoulders]]. ** That story alone is a [=CMoA=]. Seems like these actors are genuinely nice guys who seem to see their hero status to kids as something to take seriously. Oh and in case you don't know? Loki's a villain story-wise, but the actor shows himself to be MeanCharacterNiceActor greatly. ** [[http://www.g33kwatch.com/movies/captain-america-motivates-the-worlds-youngest-avenger/ Later, that kid got]] ''his shields autographed by Captain America''. '''Luckiest. Kid. EVER.''' Coulson must be seething with jealously. * Probably the biggest one of all is the fact that it made a crossover movie this size ''work''. While ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' proved that a superhero team movie could work, ''The Avengers'' proved that a movie with multiple characters from multiple franchises is more than possible, a fact that prompted DC to try to revive its ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' movie idea. ** Furthermore, JossWhedon achieved this by creating a film that earned a 92% on RottenTomatoes, outside {{Pixar}}, that kind of score is typically associated with ''art house'' movie quality! * The awesomeness of the film's ending was underscored when the HowItShouldHaveEnded webseries did their own take on the Avengers...and didn't alter the ending ''at all''. It was shortened, obviously, and comically exaggerated, but that's it. These guys will change the endings of ''anything'' (even ToyStory3 for crying out loud!) but this is the one time they didn't. It was as if they were saying, "This film's ending was so awesome even we don't think it should've ended any differently!" [[/folder]]
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\n[[folder:The Marvel Cinematic Universe film]]\n[[quoteright:350:[[Film/TheAvengers http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Avengers_Circle_7902.jpg]]]]\n[[caption-width-right:350:[[AvengersAssemble The moment we've all waited for.]]]]\n\nThis, beyond a doubt, is a Crowning Movie Of Awesome! Five years, five movies, an AllStarCast and a full ''billion'' dollars worth of budget (counting this film itself), all as set up for a movie bringing together The Avengers now that they've been established in each of their own films! It could have been a catastrophic failure, but not only did they pull it off, they pulled it off ''spectacularly''!\n\nNow, onto specific moments:\n\n%% NOTE TO TROPERS: We are not interested in whether your theater cheered, because by now we know they all did, pretty much throughout the entire movie. Let's leave it at that instead of adding natter.\n\n* Loki's introduction proves he not only TookALevelInBadass, but now he definitely poses a big enough threat to have SHIELD bring the Avengers together.\n* Nick Fury willing to stall Loki so that the portal created by the Tesseract will cause the whole SHIELD facility above to bury this new threat and him along with it.\n--> '''Fury''': Like the pharaohs of old.\n* Black Widow's EstablishingCharacterMoment, after Coulson tells her 'Barton's been compromised'. She is barefoot, firmly bound to a chair, surrounded by a Russian mob boss and his three goons. It's ''sickeningly'' unfair... but not in the way you'd think.\n** Coulson, like Fury, isn't fond of negotiating with scum. His intimidation is completely deadpan and completely effective.\n-->'''Russian leader''': (in Russian) You listen here-\\\n'''Coulson''': You're at 114 Solenski Plaza. Third Floor. We have an F-22 exactly eight miles out. Put the woman on the phone or I will blow up the block before you can make the lobby.\\\n(Beat, then the Russian shakily approaches Black Widow, giving her the phone.)\n** Both Coulson's and Widow's casual reaction to her being tied up in a chair and interrogated.\n--> '''Coulson''': We need you to come in.\\\n'''Black Widow''': Are you kidding? I'm working!\\\n'''Coulson''': This takes precedence.\\\n'''Black Widow''': I'm in the middle of an interrogation and this moron is giving me everything.\n* Bruce Banner goads Black Widow successfully. "I'm sorry, that was mean. I just wanted to see what you'd do. (Grin.)"\n** Well, she was armed and terrified, meaning Fury hadn't sent some unsuspecting sacrificial lamb to lure him into a trap. But she didn't fire either, which meant Fury wasn't just out for his head.\n* Tony's introductory scene is awesome because it is a CallBack to a line from the original Iron Man. He said he wanted to move Stark Industries "in a direction I am comfortable with" and here he is testing the first commercial Arc Reactor. "A beacon of clean energy."\n* Loki makes an ''awesomely''-timed DynamicEntry as the piece of classical music that's playing in the background reaches to its crescendo. The music in question is Loki's leitmotif from ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung''.\n* The old German gentleman who decides he'd rather die than kneel to Loki: say hello to the BadassBystander.\n-->'''Loki:''' "[[AGodAmI There are no men like me.]]" \\\n'''Old Man:''' "[[ANaziByAnyOtherName There are]] ''[[ANaziByAnyOtherName always]]'' [[ANaziByAnyOtherName men like you]]."\n** WordOfGod says that the old man is a Holocaust survivor and it gets better when you hear Joss Whedon's commentary, and learn the character was put in because he realized the scene would have UnfortunateImplications without it. Taking a flaw in your script and turning it into a stand and cheer moment? That's Whedon for you.\n** Cap's BigDamnHeroes moment, followed by a brief TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:\n--->'''Cap:''' "You know, [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger the last time I was in Germany]], and saw [[RedSkull a man standing above everybody else]]... we ended up disagreeing."\n** Loki then shows off his fighting skills by [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] Captain America, the SuperSoldier.\n*** Another MOA for Loki in that is he is the only one to cleanly and single-handedly defeat Cap in a one-on-one battle in the Cinematic Universe.\n** Followed by ''Iron Man's'' BigDamnHeroes moment. Set to "Shoot to Thrill" by Music/{{ACDC}} - a diegetic moment, since Tony casually ''hacked'' the hovercraft's broadcast speakers to play it. Tony knows how to make an entrance.\n--->'''Stark:'''''(To Natasha on the Quinjet's intercom)'' Agent Romanov... You miss me? ''(Cue BGMOverride via the Quinjet's PA system)''\n* Thor's entrance into the film. As Cap, Tony and Natasha transport their "prisoner", a thunderstorm materializes around the plane. Suddenly, falling like a bolt of lightning, Thor plummets down out of nowhere onto the plane. He then smacks Iron Man aside, seizes Loki and flies away without a word.\n* Cap had already discovered he was no match for Loki. When Loki's 'kidnapped' by Thor, Black Widow tries to talk Cap out of following ('they're basically gods'), he replies "Ma'am, there's only one God, and I'm pretty sure He doesn't dress like that." He knows he's no match for the new mystery threat, but that doesn't stop Cap. (When has it ever?)\n* Thor and Iron Man's [[LetsYouAndHimFight fight in the woods]]: \n** After soaking up Thor's lightning for five seconds, JARVIS tells Iron Man: "Power at 400% capacity." "How about that", says Tony, who then blasts Thor backwards.\n*** Thor follows it up by quickly recovering and landing on his feet.\n** When Iron Man headbutts Thor, he staggers back a bit; When Thor headbutts Iron Man, he sends him ''flying''.\n*** It's "blink and you'll miss it", but afterwards, Iron Man's helmet has a noticeable dent.\n** Iron Man seems to realize he's in over his head when Thor starts to crumple Tony's tankproof armor ''with his bare hands''.\n* Captain America, during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53-Jhr_y5HU Thor and Iron Man's fight in the woods]], orders both men to stand down harshly. Thor doesn't do so, and when Cap tells him to put his hammer down, the big guy [[BerserkButton takes]] [[TemptingFate this]] badly. As the god of ''thunder'' leaps and prepares to smack Cap down with Mjölnir, Cap's shield blocks it and... instant clear-cut. When the dust settles, Cap's no worse for wear. \n---> '''Cap''' ''(calmly):'' "Are we done here?"\n** The initial attempt at ending the fight was quite awesome, even if it was unsuccessful. He shows up out of nowhere and smacks both of them with a well-timed shield toss.\n* Tony is trying to hack into the Helicarrier's systems to figure out what SHIELD is keeping from them, but he's having trouble. Steve finds out before he does, the old fashioned way.\n* Black Widow tricks Loki into revealing his intention to unleash the Hulk inside the Helicarrier and thanks him for his cooperation -- in other words, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu the best spy on Earth manages to fool the]] ''[[DidYouJustScamCthulhu God of Lies]]''. She walked in to talk to the Trickster God in a battle of wits with no real cards to play except for Loki's anger and confidence, and she walked out with exactly what she wanted. What's more, she did this even though Loki was fully-informed on her thanks to Hawkeye, who's undoubtedly familiar with her method of choice. Of course, Loki still got what he intended in the end, so it's also an MOA for him.\n* Cap [[OffhandBackhand slaps away]] a grenade thrown by one of Loki's mooks while jumping.\n** ...across a broken catwalk over ten thousand feet of fresh air. \n* [[LightningBruiser How fast is the Hulk?]] The pilot who "distracted" him by firing off bullets at the green giant tries to get out of Dodge by ejecting himself once the Hulk latches onto his jet... only for Hulk to immediately catch him and hurl him away himself.\n* Black Widow is in a state of shock after having nearly been killed by the Hulk. She's in a corner hugging her legs like a little girl, which is probably the last time this woman that's been trained as an assassin since childhood was so terrified. She hears from Fury on her comlink that the still mind-controlled Hawkeye is on board the Helicarrier. Still shaking, she quickly pulls herself together to go stop him.\n* Badly injured and unable to even stand, Agent Coulson lures Loki in close with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, then blasts him with a BFG that blows the Trickster God through at least one wall.\n-->'''Coulson''': "...you lack conviction."\n** Coulson [[spoiler: readily accepted his own heroic sacrifice, foreseeing that it would galvanize the Avengers into a real team]].\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FrzYzJUmVg Thor's fight with the Hulk]]. The Hulk nearly [[CurbStompBattle curb stomps]] every fight he has in this movie, from Black Widow all the way up to the alien Leviathans. Thor is the ''only'' one in the entire film who puts up anything like an equal fight against the Hulk. \n** Thor ''might'' even have been able to manage a win eventually. But the Hulk got distracted.\n** Thor not only blocks an overhand strike from the Hulk, but actually starts to ''shove Hulk's arm back'' with both of his.\n** The Hulk knocks Thor through a set of solid steel storage containers and an aluminum bulkhead. Thor picks himself up, realizes that the blow left him bleeding from the nose, and suddenly gives a [[SlasherSmile berserker grin.]]\n* Thor ''uppercutting'' the Hulk ''into a fighter jet'' with his hammer without even looking, then drop-sliding under the plane wing that Hulk hurls at him to hurl his hammer at him to trap Hulk.\n** Which is followed by Hulk own MOA, leaping onto the upper floor, slamming Thor through the floor and onto the ceiling, breaking his grip. It's a blink-and-miss, but Hulk had actually began to give Thor the "Loki-treatment" before the pilot distracted him. Though, Thor was barely nicked, so its an MOA for him as well\n* Tony's speech to Loki. He threatens a demigod while completely unarmed.\n* Nick Fury showing why he's the Director of SHIELD during the attack on the Helicarrier bridge, easily taking out a few fully armed men storming in. We waited to see him kick ass ever since Creator/SamuelLJackson took the role. We got our wish and it was awesome.\n--> '''Fury''': [[YouShallNotPass You're not getting in here.]]\n* And don't forget the launch of the Helicarrier. Such mechanical elegance and grace and raw power.\n** At first, it's just an awesome aircraft carrier. Then it turns into a ''flying'' aircraft carrier, then it '''cloaks itself''' (from the bottom view at least).\n** If anything, it really gives off the vibe that Marvel Cinematic Universe Earth has indeed [[TookALevelInBadass Taken A Level In Badass]] since the last films.\n* Captain America talks down a SHIELD agent trying to stop him by virtue of just being Captain America. Doubles as a funny moment like many of the other moments on this page.\n-->'''Cap:''' [[PreemptiveShutUp Son, just don't.]]\n* During the argument between Steve and Tony that almost escalates into a full-blown fight, Steve tells Tony "Put on the suit, let's go a few rounds." To clarify, Steve Rogers will only consider this fight fair if his opponent has a suit of high-tech, fully loaded with weapons, PoweredArmor.\n** And on Tony's end, he's fully aware how physically superior a super soldier is, and seems to be entirely willing to go those few rounds with Cap WITHOUT his armor. I'm sure that dig about being nothing without it had nothing to do with this.\n* Although she's a minor character, Maria Hill proves herself to be among the more effective agents in SHIELD, from the ChaseScene against both Loki and Hawkeye to defending the bridge of the Helicarrier with Fury just after getting knocked back by a grenade at the start.\n** Back to that grenade bit she spots it and leaps to cover while pulling and saving a comrade with her without a thought. Then she does it again. \n** She also gets small [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Heroes]] moment when she takes out a mook about to shoot Fury with one bullet.\n** In fact, after Fury, she was the one who kicked most ass in that room.\n*** Justified, though. Fury wouldn't make someone his second-in-command for nothing.\n* A deleted scene reveals that Harry Dean Stanton was responsible for Banner changing his mind and going back. Not to mention that he gets outright philosophical at one point:\n--> '''HDS:''' "Are you like, a big guy that gets all little, or a little guy that sometimes gets big?"\\\n'''Banner:''' "Y'know... I'm not so sure anymore..."\n** Can't believe nobody called out on Harry Dean Stanton asking someone if they were an alien. Meta-CMOA.\n* Here's another one for Banner, when you consider how quickly he [[HulkOut Hulked Out]] to take down the Leviathan. The long, painful-looking transformation on the Helicarrier? ''That was all Bruce fighting the change!''\n* It says something about how awesome and skilled Tony is as an engineer that he built a walking disassembly rig for his suit just so he could land and casually walk inside his penthouse without breaking stride. He designs a piece of incredibly complex machinery that would give most engineers fits trying to create, ''just'' so he can have a conveniently stylish entry into his private home.\n* A minor one, but the fact that Thor is the ''only'' Avenger to realise Loki's got a [[TheManBehindTheMan backer]], just from one bit of Loki bluster. Especially given Loki spent the last film, and this one pulling the wool over his brother's eyes.\n-->"Who showed you this power? ''Who'' controls the would-be king?"\n\nFrom this point on, we'll be discussing the last half-hour of the film, where ''every major character in the film'' gets ''at least'' one Awesome Moment. Marvel saved their best stuff for this film, and it damn well shows:\n\n* A subtle one right at the start. Tony is the first one to make it back to Stark Tower in his heavily damaged armor and sees Loki waiting for him. Now, Tony's highly capable as Iron Man, but without his armor, he's just a civilian with a bad heart. But he doesn't even ''hesitate'' to walk straight into the building, remove his armor, and confront a ''god'' all by himself. ''Without his armor.'' \n** Of course, a big part of Tony's CharacterDevelopment has been that [[FridgeBrilliance the armour doesn't make]] [[BadAss the man]]. \n* Loki is able to MindControl people by touching his scepter to their hearts. Then he tries it on Tony Stark and we hear a little ''tink'' as it bounces off his arc reactor...\n** And they both stand there looking at it for a {{beat}} - and then he tries it ''again''. At which point Tony starts consoling Loki over his "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything performance issues]]".\n* Tony suits up in the Mark 7 suit while falling to the ground.\n-->'''Iron Man:''' And there's one other person you pissed off. [[BadassNormal His]] [[FirstNameBasis name]] [[TheHeart is Phil]]. *repulsor blast*\n** Also a CrowningMomentOfFunny, when the Mark 7 is deploying, it slams into Loki on its way out.\n** Something to note about the Mk 7. JossWhedon wanted to use the circular arc light instead of the triangular one, so the Mk 7 was made. However, Joss also gave the Mk 6 a good run: [[spoiler: trading hits with Thor, having more fire power than in ''Film/IronMan2'', and surviving the helicarrier turbine well enough for Stark to fly back to Stark Tower.]] This is prominent because when it comes to alterations in comic book worlds, creators tend to be... petty.\n*** "And tiny," says Thor.\n* The Hulk joining the climactic battle.\n--> '''Captain America:''' Doctor Banner... now might be a really good time for you to get angry. \\\n'''Bruce Banner:''' (''turning and smiling'') That's my secret, Captain: [[TranquilFury I'm always angry]]. (''[[HulkOut Hulks out]] and [[OneHitKill takes out an alien Leviathan with one punch]].'')\n** This really warrants elaboration. The Leviathan is the thing chasing Tony when he says he's "bringing the party to you." It's a giant, armored, whale of a monster that's shrugged off everything Iron Man has thrown at it. The Hulk doesn't just OneHitKill it, he '''stops it cold''' with one punch.\n*** To further elaborate, it's also a CMOA for the writers and Banner, as they've actually managed a consistent and well thought-out character arc for Banner. At the end of the [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk last movie]] he was in, he began willingly transforming and trying to control, or at least work with, the Hulk. Now, as he's alluded to several times throughout the movie, he's mastered it by mastering himself. He's accepted the anger as a part of himself, and in doing so can willingly transform at any time. Because of this, the Hulk is no longer an uncontrollable monster, but rather a useful ally. Banner has mastered the Hulk, which is awesome in and of itself, but even more importantly, the writers have mastered his character arc. So, it's three [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOAs]] [[YourHeadAsplode at once]].\n** Banner's ReactionShot warrants a mention. Every other Avenger has a major "OhCrap" reaction when they see a giant flying-whale-serpent tearing down Park Avenue, but Banner just looks at the Leviathan, looks at the rest of the group, and starts walking towards the Leviathan with this wordless expression on his face that says "Chill, guys. I got this."\n*** Unless you saw the blooper reel, which showed the same scene... except with Ruffalo taking one look and ''bolting'', screaming "Dudes, you're on your own!" Cue Cap cracking up.\n* TheOner that follows each of the Avengers in the final battle.\n** The DVD commentary reveals that TheOner nearly didn't make it in. Joss was told, "We're not sure we can fit this shot into the movie," and responded, "But... this shot '''is''' the movie."\n* Hawkeye [[OffhandBackHand casually shooting down a Chitauri glider without even looking]] while telling Iron Man that the Chitauri "certainly can't bank worth a damn," so he should find some tight corners.\n** Later, he fires an arrow at Loki, who's chasing Natasha on one of the Chitauri glider. Loki ''[[ArrowCatch catches it offhandedly]] with a smirk''[[spoiler: -- and then it [[SubvertedTrope blows up in his face]].]]\n** And immediately after this, Loki quickly recovers, then the music goes all tense... ''and the Hulk jumps into the frame, roaring and slamming Loki through the glass wall.''\n* Captain America saves a room full of innocent civilians from the Chitauri ''by himself''.\n** [[spoiler:On a TV report after the battle, one of the civilians that Cap saved thanks him for his heroics. She was also shown having seen his unmasked face before, so she'd be able to recognize his alter-ego.]]\n* Nick Fury telling the World Security Council ''exactly'' where they can stick their orders to nuke New York City.\n-->'''WSC''': Director Fury, the Council has made its decision.\n-->'''Nick Fury''': I recognize that the Council has made a decision, but given that it's a ''[[WhatWereYouThinking stupid-ass]]'' decision, [[SophisticatedAsHell I've elected to ignore it]].\n** Fury then stops one of the planes from flying with a ''rocket launcher''. And even more impressively, he's such a good shot that the pilot survives. [[spoiler:It doesn't take with the second plane, but still.]]\n*** It gets better; Fury made that shot despite only having one eye. No depth perception and a limited vision field, and he ''still'' pulled it off. \n** Iron Man [[spoiler:''catches the nuclear missile and tosses it into the aliens' spaceship''. Even better when you consider he spent his first two movies giving the middle finger to the arms industry and the government. Talk about a nuclear deterrent.]]\n** The Council gets one in an odd sort of way, by out thinking Nick freaking Fury when they [[spoiler: followed standard delivery procedure and ordered ''two'' aircraft to launch the nuclear strike]]. And technically, they were right. [[spoiler: The nuke did end the invasion, just not in the way the Council intended.]]\n* Black Widow not only kicks her fair share of Chitauri ass - [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard frequently with their own weapons]] - she also [[spoiler:gets to close the portal.]]\n** Her jumping off of Cap's shield and catching a ride on a speeding Chitauri glider. By stabbing a couple of knives into the pilot and perching on his back. Then she drives the Chitauri glider ''with'' the pilot she just stabbed.\n* In the final battle, Captain America gets a great moment when he commands the cops to rescue the citizens, but one cop asks why they should be taking orders from him. Cap then responds by taking out several attacking Chitauri by ''himself''\n** I would also cite the cops themselves: Outnumbered by an advanced alien armada, they still stand their ground, pull out their sidearms, and open fire. New York's finest indeed.\n** The fact that Cap was able to figure out precisely what needed to be done right down to the exact street he needed the perimeter to extend to is an MOA for Cap himself. Even with the distraction that is fighting off an alien army, Cap is still The Star-Spangled Man With A {{Plan}}.\n*** FridgeBrilliance: Cap's a native New Yorker. He might not know the modern city, but the grid was in place when he was around, including Grand Central. He knows the terrain.\n**** And he does know the modern city. A deleted scene shows him eating at a cafe sketching the skyline that includes Stark Tower. And wouldn't your mind just dwell on all the details that have changed?\n** And in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRd-CeWzZrs this deleted scene]], Cap manages to save a family from a Chitauri trying to kill them by doing what he does best: throwing his shield. After they're saved, his sense of authority and LivingLegend status really shines through in this exchange:\n--->'''Captain America:''' Get underground.\n--->'''Father:''' ''(grabbing his son)'' Yes, sir.\n* During the final battle, the Hulk confronts Loki, who goes into a rant about how he is superior to all of them and refuses to let them win. Or, he would have said that; [[ShutUpHannibal let us just say that the Hulk]] [[MetronomicManMashing cares not for his rant]].\n** And then the big guy snarls "Puny god." at Loki before rejoining the battle.\n*** Made all the more awesome in that they are the only decipherable words spoken by the Hulk in the entire film. Everything else is just grunts and bellows of rage.\n** The sight of [[spoiler:Loki]] embedded in the floor afterwards is what makes this moment. He's just left staring silently up with this great shocked/terrified, 'What the flying hell just happened?' look on his face. And as the camera pans out, the only sound he makes is a long, high-pitch whimper.\n** The moment gets even more awesome when you remember how Loki had singled out Banner on the Helicarrier, taunting him in earshot of everyone as "the beast who makes play he's still a man," and reminding Banner who the cage was really made for. It's extra fitting that "the beast" is the one to give Loki a faceful of karmic comeuppance.\n** Better still when you recall how Loki has gloated over/taunted them all by this point: Captain America in Germany, Thor during their argument, Black Widow when he was imprisoned (granted she was bluffing, but he was still trying), Tony Stark in Stark Tower, and Hawkeye he's been controlling for most of the film. Then he tries it with Hulk...and it lasts all of three seconds.\n** This is also a minor CMOA for Asgardian physiology. Anyone else would have been pulverized. Or rather, ''more'' pulverized.\n*** [[spoiler:You mean '''Frost Giant''' physiology. "He's adopted."]]\n** It's also a sign of great acting talent when Loki's actor managed to keep a straight-face while being filmed wheezing in a crater. Well, after a few takes. They're on the blooper reel.\n*** Not only being able to do it so straight faced, but to make it sound like he's actually ''in pain''.\n** This is also a CMOA in a meta-sense for the writers in the lead-up to this sequence. In theaters across the globe, when this moment happened, the audience exploded into near-deafening applause because of how many people were looking forward to the moment Loki gets his due and how well they pulled it off.\n*** ''Creator/JossWhedon'', through his long and illustrious career writing, producing, and directing several successful films and [=TV=] series, mentioned on the commentary that he considers this moment his MagnumOpus. [[PoesLaw It was probably a joke]], but there are several who would agree without irony. \n* The Hulk saving Iron Man as [[spoiler:he helplessly plummets back to Earth after flying a nuke through the portal the Chitauri were coming from, his suit out of energy]].\n* How about TheStinger? Who honestly thought they'd go into the theater and ever expect to see [[spoiler:Thanos, the Mad Titan]]? Definitely an awesome moment for Marvel.\n** Even better is the SlasherSmile [[spoiler: he gives despite being told attacking the Avengers "means death". You can practically hear him say '''Challenge accepted.''']]\n* Back to the battle, the LockAndLoadMontage of all the heroes (save Bruce Banner) before they head out to save the world \n* It was spoiled by the trailers, but the money shot of the heroes as the camera was circling around them was nothing but a thing of beauty.\n** The mere image of all of these characters on screen together (take note that before that point, they were never ALL on screen together,) now a unified team ready to kick some ass, the first legitimate comics crossover in the history of the big screen.\n** The shot was already awesome in the trailer. Hearing it with Creator/AlanSilvestri's main theme? Awesome '''times ten'''.\n*** And as Silvestri's main theme is heard in bits and pieces throughout the film but not given its fullest treatment until now, this (and in fact, the ''entire score'') also counts as an MOA for him.\n*** Especially better as in the trailer with a different theme, the scene felt anxious and uneasy--the implication being, "Well, the Avengers are in some kind of trouble." With the main theme playing in the movie proper, it's a complete "hell yeah" moment, with the exact ''opposite'' implication, that of, "The Avengers are ready to kick seven kinds of ass."\n* There was just something about seeing the Hulk smashing his way through the Chitauri, especially at one point when an alien Leviathan is headed for an office building full of people. The camera pans inside and hear stomping as the Hulk makes his way through. Everyone gets the heck out of the way before he smashes through the window and onto the beast.\n** And when he latches onto the Leviathan, he manages to make it turn away from the building at the last second. How? By hanging onto the side of its mouth and pulling it. \n* Loki has trapped Thor in the cage built for the Hulk - which Fury notes earlier had unbreakable glass that should've been able to stand up to even one of the Hulk's punches. Thor smacks it with Mjölnir, and it gets a very sizable crack. What really sells this is Loki's reaction: he goes from gloating to startled, and takes a big step back with a look on his face that shows he was actually scared for a second. It takes him a few seconds of nervous laughter to cover it up.\n** Later, he uses focus and the right angles to get his bearing in a ''box spinning and rotating at nauseatingly high speeds plummeting to the ground at terminal velocity'' - something that would be totally impossible for any normal person - and then he rockets out of the thing! \n* A very subtle one, but before the awesome shot showing all the Avengers as the camera circles around them, we see the Chitauri all stop to growl and snarl at them after Hulk punches out a Levithan. This is a hardened alien army that exists just to exterminate life without a second thought, and they've all stopped to turn their attention to ''six people''. You know the Avengers are officially getting started when they've proven themselves a threat to such a force.\n** Made better by the Hulk defiantly roaring back.\n* Thor's fight with Loki, especially this moment: For a moment it seems like Loki might actually be swayed to the side of good... and then he stabs Thor, declaring that the thunder god's sentiment makes him weak. Thor's response is to strike Loki before dropping him face-first into the ground, then taking out the knife. And then...no followup. He just fights the whole battle wounded, not a word of complaint. \n* There's something just amazing about Iron Man letting Captain America do what he does best, as we see Cap rallying his team and giving each Avenger their orders to save the day.\n* Cap's orders, ''period''. One could look at the concept of just six people, three of them close-to-normal normal humans, defending the entire island of Manhattan from a massive alien army, and laugh. And you'd be right. It shouldn't work. But Cap's strategy makes it perfectly sensible and believable, keeping the Chitauri contained while placing each member in the unique position where their unique powers can be at maximum effectiveness:\n--> '''Romanov''': Guys.... ''(A new wave of Chitauri is coming through the portal.)''\\\n'''Stark''': Call it, [[TheLeader Cap]]. ''(Endorsing Steve Rogers as the tactical commander of the group.)''\\\n\\\n'''Rogers''':\\\nAlright, listen up. Until we can close that portal our priority is containment. ''(so six people aren't trying to cover the whole city, even though the Chitauri are flying in from above)''\\\n\\\n[[{{ComicBook/Hawkeye}} Barton]], I want you on that roof, eyes on everything. Call out patterns and strays. ''(Clint, with his superior eyesight in an optimal vantage-point, can tell the other Avengers what's happening and keep a running commentary, so everyone knows exactly what's going on where -- while providing cover for them with his arrows.)''\\\n\\\n[[ComicBook/IronMan Stark]], you've got the perimeter. Anything gets more than three blocks out, you turn it back or you turn it to ash. ''(so Tony is in the position where he can unleash the full potential of his firepower and maneuverability, and he's not wasting his capabilities on individual skirmishes.)''\\\n\\\n[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], you've gotta try and bottleneck that portal. Slow 'em down. You've got the lightning; light the bastards up. ''(to limit the spread of the army and keep them tripping over themselves as they try to pass through.)''\\\n\\\n[[Comicbook/BlackWidow You]] ''(Natasha)'' and me, we stay on the ground, keep the fighting here. ''(they can leave the heavy-duty work to the more powerful members, and keep the individual Chitauri busy as well as rescue civilians.)''\\\n\\\nAnd [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]? ''[{{Beat}}.]'' ... ''Smash''. ''(Hulk's job was sowing general disarray and keeping the forces unorganized. The guy was damn near impossible to stop unless contained and everything he touches pretty much folds right then and there. His aptly put 'Smash' is generally what kept the heat off of most of the Avengers because Hulk was bouncing around and disrupting what semblance of an attack command they had left. Once the Hulk was cornered, the battle went downhill)''.\n\n** Even just a little earlier, there's an awesome (but easily missable) example of how strong a leader Cap is: before Banner and Stark show up, they all initially come together to set up a plan. Cap insists they work as a team, but Thor and Hawkeye object - saying they'd rather deal with their own issues with Loki. Cap's response? "Save it." He then goes on explaining his plan as if neither of them had even said anything, and despite having only met him that day the superspy and ''warrior prince'' both drop the issue and listen.\n* Iron Man is having trouble getting through a Leviathan's shell, so he comes up with an [[FeedItABomb alternative strategy:]]\n-->'''Iron Man:''' Ever hear the tale of Jonah?\n-->'''JARVIS:''' [[DeadpanSnarker I wouldn't consider him a role model]].\n* Thor bottlenecks the portal. How? He lands atop the Chrysler Building, summons a thunderstorm, uses the building as a lightning rod, and fires an enormous blast of lightning into the portal so powerful it blows up several of the Leviathans outright.\n* Thor and the Hulk going BackToBackBadasses on one of the Leviathans, even taking out the beast itself.\n** Followed by a CMOA punchline as [[spoiler: Hulk sucker-punches Thor, just 'cuz]].\n*** What hits the roof in this one is the off hand CombinationAttack that goes by perfectly without either character so much as glancing at eachother to pull it off. Hulk rips out a chunk of Leviathan armor and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice drives it into the thing's head]]. Standard Hulk. Thor decides to follow this up not one second later, using Mjnolir to drive the spike, and a thunderbolt for flavor, ''into its brain''. This being what dropped the Leviathan out of the sky.\n* Iron Man firing a beam at Cap's shield to reflect the shot off and into some Chitauri ala ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'' was awesome. Just the teamwork between the two.\n** Considering that at an earlier point in the film, Cap and Iron Man were just about to [[LetsYouAndHimFight come to blows]] over clashing [[RedOniBlueOni egos]], seeing the two [[FireForgedFriends team up flawlessly]] when push comes to shove is a sight to behold.\n* Tony's verbal sparring match with Loki as he casually offers him a drink.\n-->'''Loki:''' What have I to fear?\n-->'''Tony:''' (nonchantly pouring himself a drink) The Avengers. (seeing Loki's puzzled reaction, he rolls his eyes a little) It's what we call ourselves. Sorta like a team. [[ShoutOut "Earth's mightiest heroes" type thing.]]\n-->'''Loki:''' (smirking) Yes. I've met them.\n-->'''Tony:''' (smirking back) Yeah. Takes us a while to get any traction, I'll give ya that. But, let's do a headcount here: [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Your brother, the demigod;]] [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica a super-soldier--a living legend who kind of lives up to the legend;]] [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk a man with breathtaking anger management issues;]] [[ComicBook/BlackWidow a couple of]] [[{{ComicBook/Hawkeye}} master assassins]] -- and you, big fella, you've managed to piss off every single one of 'em.\n-->'''Loki:''' That was the plan.\n-->'''Tony:''' Not a great plan. When they come -- and they will -- they'll come for you.\n-->'''Loki:''' I have an army.\n-->'''Tony:''' We have a ''[[PersonOfMassDestruction Hulk]]''.\n-->'''Loki:''' Oh, I thought the beast had wandered off.\n-->'''Tony:''' No, you're missing the point -- there is ''no'' throne. There is ''no'' version of this where you come out on top. ''Maybe'' your army comes, and ''maybe'' it's too much for us, but it's ''all on you.'' [[BadassBoast 'Cause if we can't protect the Earth, you can be damn well sure we'll avenge it.]]\n** A slightly more subtle CMOA for Tony's CharacterDevelopment: He doesn't mention ''himself'', even when it would have been pragmatic to scrape up every second of long-windedness he could because he was stalling to activate his next suit. The only time Tony makes reference to himself as one of the Avengers is with the word "we".\n*** This could also be his willingness, were his suit not ready in time and Loki killed (or, for all he knew, turned) him, to discount himself from the head count of Avengers (and in the latter case, he's completely confident in the team's ability to put him down, if it comes to that).\n**** There's another option, which is that part of the reason Loki was letting him speak and stall at all was because Tony was seemingly completely at his mercy, and the last thing that would help with distracting Loki from him rearming himself was him bringing up what a threat he was. The true test of what was on his mind, himself or the team, comes when he's all suited up, and he gets an opportunity to finally add himself to the list.\n---->'''Iron Man:''' And there's one other person you pissed off. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming His name is Phil]].\n* Selvig gets a quiet but crucially important moment: Despite the fact he was under Loki's mind control, he still subconsciously managed to fight back enough to put a backdoor sabotage into the portal device. Without that, they would never have been able to close the portal - plus, it just shows his sheer strength of will.\n** Selvig comes round in the middle of an apocalypse he made possible, on the edge of a tall building. Natasha approaches him, cautiously, staring over the edge, clearly ready to start talking him down from the ledge, enough so that she doesn't realize why he's yammering about the scepter at first. But it turns out Selvig's only thought is for closing the portal... and he's staring directly at the solution. It's a great, if subtle bait and switch that shows how strong a person he his.\n** Similarly, Clint is asked "What did it (the Tesseract) show you?" He replies, looking straight at Loki: "My next target." He goes on to talk about getting the iridium, but note that Clint is an ''assassin'' - he may have had just enough fight left in him to decide that Loki was going down.\n* Pay attention when the Hulk shouts Tony back to life in the end -- the arc reactor's light is off at first, then comes on again when Tony does. PercussiveMaintenance be damned, the Hulk may be the second most qualified person on Earth to handle arc reactor technology!\n** And before he does shout, watch him. It looks as if he's quickly thinking it over, making you remember that inside the giant green rage monster is the mind of one of the greatest scientists in the Marvel universe.\n* After two movies' worth of CaptainObvious moments, ''JARVIS'' scores a personal [=CMoA=] by being ahead of the game just as he needs to be.\n--> '''Tony''': Jarvis, put ''everything we've got'' into the thrusters!\\\n'''JARVIS''': I just did.\n* In the first post-credits scene, a Chitauri talks to [[spoiler:Thanos]] about humans. ''Everything'' about that scene shows that Nick Fury succeeded magnificently in his plan to make mankind known across cosmos, as something not to be messed with.\n---> "To challenge them is to court death."\n** Sorry, but Thanos deserves one, too. Just the confident grin he gives, despite being handed a great defeat. Then again, he is one who knows ''all'' about courting Death.\n* Two of the DeletedScenes, which would have served as [[BookEnd Book Ends]] for the bulk of the plot, Maria Hill is interrogated by the World Security Council, where she states in the first one that the Avengers were a mistake. And then it turns out she actually thinks they were the best thing for the situation and then proceeds to call the WSC out on [[spoiler:trying to nuke New York and telling them that SHIELD has it on record, so they better not try to go after Nick Fury.]] Wow.\n** Even better - When she calls out the "morons" [[spoiler:for trying to nuke Manhattan]], she's initially told that the matter is "not in question" & the WSC are clearly trying to get her to provide damning testimony of Fury. After closing her statement by outright stating that despite her past disagreements with Fury's actions & making several complaints about him, she agrees with what the ones he took in regards to the Avengers & the invasion, before making the point of calling the WSC out on [[spoiler:the nuke]].\n--> '''Hill''': Oh, and, uh, as for the matter that's "not in question," where you morons tried to [[spoiler: nuke New York?]] Well, that's on the record. As in, we recorded it. We do that; we're S.H.I.E.L.D. So, if you're thinking about coming after Nick Fury, ''ever''...think really, really hard.\n* During their brawl on the Helicarrier, Thor initially goes hand-to-hand with the Hulk. When he realizes that won't work, with the Hulk charging at him, he assumes his three-point "Hammer summon" pose, and [[OverlyLongGag calmly holds it for the several seconds]] it takes for the hammer to get to him from wherever it had been stowed away since we last saw him with it. He gets it just in time to pivot and give the Hulk a kiss on the chin with it.\n** And when the Hulk is rushing him as he's waiting for his hammer, Thor actually has a look of minor fear on his face, but rather than relocate and try to summon the hammer again, Thor waits where he is, with unflinching faith in Mjölnir's timing.\n* The closing scene of the Avengers parting ways, and Thor returning Loki to Asgard. The [[SmugSnake smug bastard]] spent the whole movie killing people for kicks and taking every moment to rub everyone's noses in it. Seeing him defeated and being led away gagged and bound while the Avengers look on might be one of the greatest moments in film.\n** The wide grin on Clint's face really makes it sink in.\n\nOther film-related moments:\n\n* This isn't a story-relevant [=MoA=] but... just look at the film's amazing opening week gross of $207,438,708 and [[http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3438&p=.htm behold]].\n** It's now the fastest movie to date to make $250mil, grossing that in just 6 days (for perspective, the movie's budget was $220mil). Keep in mind that this only accounts for ''domestic'' gross; by the time it hit that record, it had already grossed ''$500mil'' in international markets thanks to the slightly earlier launch.\n*** It was also the fastest to reach $100mil (2 days), $150mil (2 days), $200mil (3 days), $250mil (6 days), $300mil (9 days), $350mil (10 days), $400mil (14 days), $450mil (17 days), $500mil (23 days), and $550mil (31 days). And while it couldn't catch ''Avatar'''s time record, the film has now grossed over $600 million at the domestic box office. \n**** And the movies it has topped are certainly no box office slouches. The following movies lost their North American box office records to ''The Avengers'': ''[[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2]]'' (opening weekend for any film; summer opening weekend; opening weekend, adjusted for inflation; IMAX gross during opening weekend; days to reach $100, $150 million; and highest cumulative gross 2-4 days after release), ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' (opening week for any film; opening weekend, adjusted for ticket pricing; days to reach $200, $250, $300, $350, $400, $450 million; and highest cumulative gross 5-28 days after release), ''[[HannahMontana Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert]]'' (theater average - wide release), ''[[Film/AliceInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' (3D gross during opening weekend), ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' (second weekend for any film; days to reach $500, $550 million; and highest cumulative gross 29-43 days after release) and ''[[Film/SpiderMan Spider-Man]]'' (highest monthly share of domestic earnings). To put those marks in perspective, it took the records of four films that are in the Top 12 in the worldwide all-time box office, one of the highest-grossing concert films of all time and the opening to one of the highest-grossing superhero film series ever.\n**** It's made a BILLION globally in just 19 days. This means that it has made back ''it's'' budget, AND the budget of ''every single other film'' in the MarvelCinematicUniverse as well! Again, in ''19'' days!\n**** Not only that, but in doing so, it TIED with ''Avatar'' and ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2'' for fastest-to-billion. That's '''huge''', regardless of it's final gross in the future.\n**** Apparently despite its belated release in Japan [[http://aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com/4174122.html it managed to gain strong foothold and scored high in the box office draw]] \n** It's currently the highest-grossing comic-inspired movie ever, ''regardless'' of whether or not you adjust for inflation.\n** Another sign of how big a hit it was? [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/avengers-shawarma-scene-i_n_1500762.html Shawarma sales apparently shot way up after the film's release]] because of the post-climactic scene of Tony rambling about wanting to try some of it after he almost dies chucking the nuke through the wormhole, and the post-post-credits stinger of the exhausted Avengers chowing down on it in a trashed restaurant after the fight.\n** In the USA, in the month that it was released, Avengers earned more at the box office than every single other movie combined. \n** ''"[[Film/IronMan1 I'd like to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative]]"''. Ten words which made comic fans the world over {{Squee}}. Fast forward four years and [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk four]][[Film/IronMan2 more]] [[Film/{{Thor}} Marvel]][[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger films]], and they led to ''this''. The amount of work to build a running story over five films to culminate in something even generally accepted to live up to the hype is definitely a moment of awesome for all involved.\n* Also not story related, [[http://www.methodstudios.com/work/the-avengers but Method Studios deserves high praise for the pre-stinger credits.]] Especially when combined with Silvestri's score... '''Damn.'''\n* Can we say this is an [=MoA=] for Mark Ruffalo? Originally expected to be the worst part of the film due to previous lackluster Hulk movies, widely hated as a ReplacementScrappy for Edward Norton, mocked roundly whenever promotional pictures came out... and then the actual movie was released, and his performance pretty much shut everybody the hell up. His success overlaps with [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] if you're aware of the personal traumas (face-paralyzing brain tumor, murder of his brother) that have nearly ended Ruffalo's career ''twice'' in the last decade - and that Ruffalo's survived them while maintaining a reputation as one of the most professional and genuinely nice people in Hollywood.\n** Not only that. Before the Avengers movie came out, there were no plans on a Hulk movie, based on previous movies being lackluster. After ''Avengers'' came out, a Hulk movie is talked about with Mark Ruffalo.\n*** "[[Film/TheIncredibleHulk I'm sorry]], [[{{Troll}} that was mean.]]"\n** It seems that Mark Ruffalo is Idris Elba 2.0 when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Every scene with him in it is a resounding '''THAT IS WHY''' to answer why he was cast.\n* Loki lets a kid [[http://www.g33kwatch.com/movies/story-of-a-five-year-old-avenger-meeting-the-avengers/ ride on his shoulders]].\n** That story alone is a [=CMoA=]. Seems like these actors are genuinely nice guys who seem to see their hero status to kids as something to take seriously. Oh and in case you don't know? Loki's a villain story-wise, but the actor shows himself to be MeanCharacterNiceActor greatly. \n** [[http://www.g33kwatch.com/movies/captain-america-motivates-the-worlds-youngest-avenger/ Later, that kid got]] ''his shields autographed by Captain America''. '''Luckiest. Kid. EVER.''' Coulson must be seething with jealously.\n* Probably the biggest one of all is the fact that it made a crossover movie this size ''work''. While ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' proved that a superhero team movie could work, ''The Avengers'' proved that a movie with multiple characters from multiple franchises is more than possible, a fact that prompted DC to try to revive its ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' movie idea.\n** Furthermore, JossWhedon achieved this by creating a film that earned a 92% on RottenTomatoes, outside {{Pixar}}, that kind of score is typically associated with ''art house'' movie quality!\n* The awesomeness of the film's ending was underscored when the HowItShouldHaveEnded webseries did their own take on the Avengers...and didn't alter the ending ''at all''. It was shortened, obviously, and comically exaggerated, but that's it. These guys will change the endings of ''anything'' (even ToyStory3 for crying out loud!) but this is the one time they didn't. It was as if they were saying, "This film's ending was so awesome even we don't think it should've ended any differently!"\n[[/folder]]----
3rd Apr '15 5:20:39 PM TinMan
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** The Council gets one in an odd sort of way, by out thinking Nick freaking Fury when they [[spoiler: followed standard delivery procedure and ordered ''two'' aircraft to launch the nuclear strike]]. And technically, they were right. [[spoiler: The nuke did end the invasion, just not in the way the Council intended.]]
27th Mar '15 12:12:26 PM Megazord
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*** Another MOA for Loki in that is he is the only one to cleanly and single-handedly defeat Cap in a one-on-one battle in the Cinematic Universe.
27th Mar '15 11:42:03 AM Megazord
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** Which is followed by Hulk own MOA, leaping onto the upper floor, slamming Thor through the floor and onto the ceiling, breaking his grip. It's a blink-and-miss, but Hulk had actually began to give Thor the "Loki-treatement" before the pilot distracted him. Though, Thor was barely nicked, so its an MOA for him as well
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** Which is followed by Hulk own MOA, leaping onto the upper floor, slamming Thor through the floor and onto the ceiling, breaking his grip. It's a blink-and-miss, but Hulk had actually began to give Thor the "Loki-treatement" "Loki-treatment" before the pilot distracted him. Though, Thor was barely nicked, so its an MOA for him as well
27th Mar '15 11:40:58 AM Megazord
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** Back to that grenade bit she spots it and leaps to cover while pulling and saving a comrade with her without a thought.
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** Back to that grenade bit she spots it and leaps to cover while pulling and saving a comrade with her without a thought. Then she does it again. ** She also gets small [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Heroes]] moment when she takes out a mook about to shoot Fury with one bullet. ** In fact, after Fury, she was the one who kicked most ass in that room. *** Justified, though. Fury wouldn't make someone his second-in-command for nothing.
27th Mar '15 11:27:42 AM Megazord
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** Which is followed by Hulk own MOA, leaping onto the upper floor, slamming Thor through the floor and onto the ceiling, breaking his grip. It's a blink-and-miss, but Hulk had actually began to give Thor the "Loki-treatement" before the pilot distracted. Though, Thor was barely nicked, so its an MOA for him as well
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** Which is followed by Hulk own MOA, leaping onto the upper floor, slamming Thor through the floor and onto the ceiling, breaking his grip. It's a blink-and-miss, but Hulk had actually began to give Thor the "Loki-treatement" before the pilot distracted.distracted him. Though, Thor was barely nicked, so its an MOA for him as well
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