Funny: The Avengers

The British TV series

  • In "The Curious Case of the Countless Clues", the Sherlock Holmes Expy falls for the false clues left by the killers, while Steed remains less than convinced.
    Steed: And clumsy.
    Sir Arthur Doyle: Clumsy?
    Steed: Well look around, they've left everything except their name and address.
  • In "Death at Bargain Prices," Emma Peel is working undercover as a department store clerk:
    Steed: I asked the chief predator where to find you and he said, "Our Mrs. Peel is in ladies' underwear." I rattled up the stairs three at a time.
  • In "The Danger Makers," Emma receives a box of chocolates from a suspect in the case, and Steed treats it as if it is a bomb:
    Steed: (after carefully opening the box with a knife and tweezers) Ah, thought so.
    Mrs. Peel: Booby trapped?
    Steed: (gingerly removing a wrapped piece with the tweezers) Whatever you do, don't touch the wrapped ones.
    Mrs. Peel: Why not?
    Steed: Because I like them. (he pops it in his mouth as Emma slams the box shut)

The American superhero comic

Not exactly Wonder Man's finest hour. Yes, he's the one at the left. And no, he's not being mind-controlled: he's just short of money, and took the only job he could get
  • In the current run issue 2, Steve and Tony are recruiting members for the new incarnation.
    • They offer Wolverine beer (itself a Running Gag about the character in other titles).
    • They offer Spider-Man money. His reaction: "Oh, thank God." while he's hugging Iron Man.
    • They offer the Falcon "I dunno... birdseed?"
    • Cannonball and Sunspot are chilling on a beach, insisting on retiring from heroics. The moment Cap calls, they're in.
  • During The Korvac Saga, the Avengers had to deal with the Obstructive Bureaucrat Henry Peter Gyrich, who revoked their special priority. Even so, they have finally located the enemy: he's in a house in Forest Hills Gardens. Now, to get there...
    Iron Man: A good question, Wasp! With our Avengers Priority revoked, we can't use the Quinjets! And since some of us can't fly, we'll just have to wing it another way! AVENGERS ASSEMBLE... uh... on the corner, outside.
    • So, all the Avengers go to the battle for the destiny of the universe... on bus.
  • Wonder Man's first attempt as an actor was a complete disaster. Without a job, he accepted to take part in a secret production, that he's not in the liberty to talk about. Excuses, excuses: the Beast discovered his "secret production" while changing TV channels. Wonder Man works as "Mr. Muscles" in a children's TV show. He took a boy, and he fell to the ground. The TV host told he must be punished for being a Dumb Muscle... with a Pie in the Face. Fortunately (for him) Captain America interrupted the TV to issue a warning about an upcoming emergency. Beast: "Jesus, Cap, do you have any idea of what have you just interrupted?"
  • In a Christmas special featuring the New Avengers, the team ends up stopping an Ultron android that had been altered to also act like Santa Claus. When the team finds out about the troubled girl who did this, they resolve to give her a better Christmas. During their visit, Spidey attempts to start a speech, realizes he's horrible at speeches, then drags Cap over to do the speech instead.
    • The whole special is great. Especially when "Santron" drops into the chimney, the party goes silent, except for an extremely well-timed "Sweet Christmas."
  • In Kelly Sue Deconnick's first issue of Avengers Assemble, Spider-Woman used her pheromone powers to get the Hulk to make her a sandwich. Observe the magic.
  • In the first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man following the Superior Spider-Man storyline, Spidey has an Out-of-Clothes Experience. Which is then broadcast over the internet. Spider-Woman concludes that she is certain Parker is back, because that kind of thing could only happen to him.
  • One issue has most of the team sitting through an award ceremony for Captain America.... except that the they're all completely bored out of their minds. When its pointed out that Iron Man is the only one sitting attentively and showing respect... there's a closeup and snoring is coming from the suit.
  • In one of the Original Sin tie-in issues, the Avengers jump 5000 years into the future and meet up with an older and immortal Franklin Richards. He seems to be the last hero from the current era left alive and he lives on a floating island with a massive tree in the middle. After the Avengers leave, Franklin says something seemingly to himself... and then the tree responds, I AM GROOT. Guess he wasn't the last hero after all.
  • Hawkeye: Attention! This is my xmas arrow! When it hits you, it will open a gift! Hey, look, they run away as if they don't believe me! Ooops! It was another of my explosive arrows! Well, everybody makes mistakes!
  • In West Coast Avengers Annual #1, the Avengers are on the run after being framed for treason, with the initial hearing stating one of their own sold them out. The active members are gathering up the reserves to find the identity of the traitor. Hercules goes to collect Thor, who yells at him for stopping to grab a bucket of fried chicken before returning to the others.
    Hercules: It has been a long night, Thor! I need strength to exact revenge!
    Thor: I need strength to deal with thee!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe film

Considering how gut-bustingly witty many Joss Whedon productions are, this was bound to happen. Highlights include:

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     Tony Stark/Iron Man 

  • JARVIS informed Tony that Coulson wants to meet him when Tony was just arrived outside Stark Tower.
    "[Tell him that] I'm not in! Well, I'm actually out."
  • Tony and Pepper discussing who gets the credit for Stark Tower, Tony says Pepper can claim 12%. She gives him a flat look.
    Tony: I'm going to pay for that comment about percentages later in some subtle way, aren't I?
    Pepper: Not gonna be that subtle.
    • The payoff:
      Tony: I thought we were having a moment.
      Pepper: I was having 12% of a moment.
    • Also, Tony's insistence that "An argument can be made for fifteen!" is as if he seriously thought it was the only solution.
    • From the same scene, Tony's reaction to Pepper being on a First Name Basis with Coulson.
      Tony: Phil? His first name is "Agent".
    • And finally, the exchange where Coulson tries to hand Tony his briefing folder. Tony apparently hates being handed things, but Pepper has no problem, so she trades her wine with Coulson, then trades the folder for Tony's wine.
  • Thor and Tony's fight, from start...
    Thor: Do not touch me again.
    Tony: Then don't take my stuff.
    Thor: You have no idea what you're dealing with.
    Tony: Uh... Shakespeare in the park? [does a Shakespearean pose] Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?
    • (and funnily enough, Thor seems to be caught somewhere between towering, offended indignation and vague amusement at that line)
    • ...To Thor shooting Iron Man with a lightning bolt...
      • ...To finish.
        Captain America: Hey! That's enough! Now, I don't know what you plan on doing here -
        Thor: I've come here to put an end to Loki's schemes.
        Cap: Then prove it. Put that hammer down.
        Iron Man: Uh, yeah, no, bad call! He loves his-
        [Thor smacks Iron Man aside]
        [Thor puts the hammer downright onto Cap's Vibranium Shield]
        [everyone gets up and looks around, bewildered at the collateral damage]
        Cap: Are we done here?
      • Possibly the best part of that scene is Loki in the background, calmly sitting and watching his enemies beat the crap out of each other. Hell, the fact that all three of them are fighting over Loki (of all "stuff", as Tony would say) is hilarious in itself.
  • Between Iron Man 2 and The Avengers, Tony Stark bought the MetLife building and has made all kinds of renovations, including installing the first production-model Arc Reactor. But his favorite renovation is his name on the building in giant letters.
    Tony: It's like Christmas, but with more... me.
  • Tony entering the briefing and then getting utterly confused that no-one else has installed his high-tech holographic computers.
    Tony: [covering an eye with his hand to imitate Fury's eyepatch] How does Fury even see these?
    Maria Hill: He turns.
    Tony: Sounds exhausting!
  • It wasn't his field of expertise, and so he's the only one who actually read Dr. Selvig's notes and the extraction theory papers, demonstrating both parts of Insufferable Genius:
    Maria Hill: When did you become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics?
    Tony Stark: Last night.
  • Tony begins one of his signature rambling speeches by accusing one of the Mission Control officers of playing Galaga on the job. The long scene ends with one of the techies switching his screen back to the game while nobody's looking. Even better, it wasn't originally in the script, as much as you can expect from Robert Downey, Jr..
    • What's great about the above two examples is that it's revealed to the audience that he's secretly planting a tiny device to hack into the S.H.I.E.L.D. computers and he's basically just distracting everyone by being a wiseass.
    • What really establishes this is an ad-lib is that Cap looks confused at the time. Yup, it's actually not Cap being a Fish out of Water again, but it's really Chris Evans genuinely confused because Robert Downey, Jr. said something that's not included in the film's script!
    • A LEGO playset based on the Helicarrier interior references this: one of the stickers for the computer screens is a game of Space Invaders.
  • Tony's attempt to blow off Agent Coulson:
    Coulson: Mr. Stark, we need to talk.
    Tony: You've reached the life-model decoy of Tony Stark. Please leave a message.
    Coulson: This is urgent.
    Tony: Then leave it urgently.
    [the elevator opens, revealing Coulson]
    Tony: [points at Pepper] Security breach! It's on you.
  • Being playful with Bruce Banner:
    Tony Stark: You know, you should come by Stark Tower sometime, top 10 floors, all R&D. You'd love it, it's Candyland.
    Bruce Banner: Thanks, but the last time I was in New York, I kind of broke... Harlem.
    Tony Stark: I promise a totally stress-free work environment, no surprises... [shocks him]
    Bruce Banner: Ow!
    Tony Stark: Nothing?
    Steve Rogers: Hey! Are you nuts?
    Tony Stark: Jury's out. [to Bruce] You've really got a lid on it, huh? What's your secret? Relaxing jazz, bongo drums, huge bag of weed?
    Steve Rogers: Is everything a joke to you?
    Tony Stark: Funny things are.
    Steve Rogers: Threatening safety of everyone in this ship isn't funny! [towards Bruce] No offense, Doctor.
    • The funniest bit about that is after he shocks him, Tony quickly looks intently at Bruce's eyes to see if there's any hint of the Hulk.
  • When Stark and Banner find out that they're both huge techno-geeks and rattle off a string of Techno Babble to each other:
    Bruce Banner: He'd have to heat the cube to 120,000,000 Kelvin just to break through the Coulomb barrier.
    Tony Stark: Unless Selvig has figured out how to stabilize the quantum tunneling effect.
    Bruce Banner: Well, if he could do that, he could achieve heavy-ion fusion at any reactor on the planet.
    Tony Stark: Finally! Someone who speaks English.
    Steve Rogers: [mumbling to himself] Is that what just happened?
    Tony Stark: It's good to meet you, Dr. Banner. Your work on anti-electron collisions is unparalleled. (beat) And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.
    Bruce: [deadpan] ...Thanks.
  • Tony's first interaction with Steve Rogers.
    Tony Stark: Still you're pretty spry for an... older fellow. What's your thing? Pilates?
    Steve Rogers: What?
    Tony Stark: It's like calisthenics. You might have missed a couple things. You know, doin' time as a Cap-sicle.
  • After Thor removes Loki from the Quinjet:
    Steve: Stark, we need a plan of attack!
    Tony: I have a plan: attack.
  • Tony forgets to factor in Steve's man-out-of-time issues while trying to fix the Helicarrier's busted engine, resulting in some sarcasm from Cap:
    Tony: [from inside rotor] Okay, tell me what you see!
    Steve: [staring at a bewilderingly high-tech panel] It seems to run on some form of electricity.
    Tony: Well, you're not wrong...
  • Just before the climactic battle, Cap and Tony still grieving over Coulson's death discuss Loki's next move:
    Tony: He made it personal.
    Cap: That's not that point.
    Tony: No, that is the point. That's Loki's point. He hit all of us right at where we live. Why?
    Cap: To tear us apart.
    Tony: Yeah, divide and conquer's... great... but, he knows he has to take us out for him to win, right? That's what he wants! He has to beat us, he has to be seen doing it. He needs an audience.
    Cap: Right. We caught his act in Stuttgart.
    Tony: Yeah. That's just preview. This is opening night! And, Loki, he's a full-tilt diva, he wants flowers, he wants parades, he wants a monument built to the sky with his name plastered
    [Beat with Cap raising an eyebrow pointedly at Tony's choice of adjectives for Loki]
    Tony: Sonofabitch. [he realizes Loki will use his own Stark Tower for summoning the Chitauri]
  • Tony and Loki, threatening each other.
    Loki: I have an army.
    Tony: We have a Hulk.
  • And before that:
    Loki: Please tell me you're going to appeal to my humanity.
    Tony: Uh, actually, I'm planning to threaten you.
    • Later on:
    Tony: Would you like a drink?
    Loki: Stalling me won't change anything.
    Tony: No, no, no, threatening. No drink, you sure? I'm having one.
  • More Casual Danger Dialog.
    Tony: [to Cap] Tell him [referring to Banner, who just arrived] to suit up. I'm bringing the party to you.
    [flies from behind building chased by a Leviathan]
    Natasha: I-I don't see how that's a party.
  • The defeat of the third Leviathan also warrants a mention:
    Tony: You ever heard of the tale of Jonah?
    JARVIS: I wouldn't consider him a role model.
  • When Loki asks for a drink, look carefully: everyone is sporting a serious face but Tony smirks.
  • Iron Man's idea of a post-victory celebration. They do it, in the other stinger, as everyone is exhausted from the battle, and are nodding to sleep as they try and eat their shawarma. It was shown only in US releases.
    Captain America: We won.
    Iron Man: [recovering from RROD] Alright, hey! Hooray! Good job, guys. Let's just not come in tomorrow. Let's just... take a day. Have you ever tried shawarma? There's a shawarma joint about two blocks from here. I dunno what it is, but I wanna try it.
    Thor: We're not finished yet.
    Iron Man: ...and then shawarma after?
    • There's almost no way anyone would notice it on the first viewing, but Tony bounces past a shawarma joint when he crash-lands after diving through a Leviathan. It's a blink-and-you-miss-it sort of thing, and is kind of amusing if you consider what it says about Tony. "Well, that was stupid, but at least it worked... huh, shawarma. What's shawarma? I am kind of hungry. I should try that."
    • That whole sequence gets bonus points just for being such a brilliant parody of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's traditional post-credits stingers. At any movie screening, it's inevitable that at least half the audience will wait until the end of the credits to catch some mind-blowing Sequel Hook. Here, they wait until the end of the credits... and get to see six exhausted superheroes silently eating shawarma in a bombed-out cafe as the staff tries to mop up the post-alien invasion mess. Which is probably what would happen in real life.
    • Made even funnier by the fact that Mark Ruffalo is obviously Corpsing.
    • There's a quick moment where Tony looks at Bruce as if to say, "How's the food?" Bruce nods and goes back to munching.
    • The scene begins with Thor chewing meditatively, as if making up his mind about this strange new food, and then it ends with Thor taking a massive, crunchy bite of his wrap with crumbs falling all over the table.
  • Iron Man flying around a corner, popped a huge display of flares at an oncoming Leviathan, then wondering what to do next.
    Iron Man: Okay, we got its attention. What the hell was step two?
  • Tony as The Nicknamer.
    • Iron Man to Loki: "Make a move, Reindeer Games."
      • "I don't like it." "What, Rock of Ages giving up so easily?"
    • Iron Man to Hawkeye: "Better clench up, Legolas."
      • And if you look closely, Hawkeye's grimace right before they take off suggests that he took Tony at his word...
    • Iron Man to Thor: "No hard feelings, Point Break..."
      • If you've watched Point Break, you'll know that Bodhi, the character Tony's referencing is Australian. Now consider what nationality Chris Hemsworth is? Also, said character was played by the late Patrick Swayze, who played Jed in Red Dawn 1984. Chris Hemsworth played the same role in the remake.
  • Accompanied by the sound of the scepter charging, Loki attempts to brainwash Tony by sticking his heart with the scepter as he did with Hawkeye and Selvig. Instead, it hits the arc reactor under his shirt with a clank. A moment of silence, and then Loki tries again, again accompanied by the sound of the scepter charging. Clank.
    Loki: ...this usually works.
    Tony Stark: Well, performance issues. It's not uncommon. One out of five...
    • Bonus points because it takes Loki a second to realize what Tony is insinuating. Then he throws him through a window.
    • This scene is cut in one trailer so that it looks like it's Tony who goes out the window and an inexplicable Steve who lands outside.
  • Even during a tense moment, Tony gets in some snark:
    Steve: Big guy in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you?
    Tony: Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.
    • Even more funny is Black Widow's Jerkass Has a Point nod of agreement.
    • And in the trailer, it's followed by Thor laughing in amusement.
  • The part where Tony reactivates the turbine, but Cap is too busy with the enemy to pull the emergency lever. This results in the former being trapped in the reactivated turbine.
    • Made even better by the pinball-esque sound effects that accompany his bouncing around under the turbine. And before he goes under, he says, "Uh-oh." and then while he's bouncing around under the turbine, he says, "Help!"
  • Easy to miss but when the big argument happens on the helicarrier, Tony's acting like a child more than usual:
    Thor: You treat your champions with such distrust!
    Natasha Romanoff: Are you boys really that naive? S.H.I.E.L.D. monitors potential threats.
    Bruce Banner: And Captain America is on threat watch?
    Natasha Romanoff: We all are.
    Tony Stark: [to Cap] Wait, you're on that list? Are you above or below "angry bees"?
    Steve Rogers: Stark, so help me God, you make one more wisecrack...
    Tony Stark: Threat! Verbal threat! I feel threatened!
    • Of course, the bit about Rogers being on threat watch becomes a Funny Aneurysm moment after Captain America: The Winter Soldier reveals that HYDRA has infiltrated SHIELD from Day 1, and since Rogers is HYDRA's biggest enemy, they put him on the list.
  • During the big battle in the second half of the movie, it takes an awfully long time for Cap, Black Widow, and Hawkeye to arrive in one of the ships to help Iron Man out. Tony of course lampshades this:
    "What, did you guys stop at a drive-thru?!"
  • Tony's interactions with any of the non-SHIELD Avengers - zapping Bruce, snarking at Steve, insulting Thor's cape. Thor, Bruce, and the Captain have no idea how to deal with him, so they tend to fluctuate between offended indignation and vague amusement.
  • Heck, Tony having a conversation with Loki while standing behind a bar stand is very funny given the circumstances.
  • Steve and Loki's confused reaction to Iron Man's Big Entrance is this when you consider that this is probably their introduction to AC/DC.

     Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk  

  • Natasha tells Banner "it's only you and me" while convincing him to help SHIELD as Dr. Banner, not the Hulk. Then he scares her, "STOP LYING TO ME!". She freaks out and promptly grabs her gun. Bruce only chuckles, looks obviously amused and satisfied that he's just managed to troll her. "I'm sorry, that was mean. I just wanted to see what you'd do." But she keeps holding the gun, while telling the huge team outside to back off as it was a false alarm...
  • A lot of Banner's dialogue - due to an odd mix of his knowing how powerfully dangerous it is, and covering up his resignation to the fact with sarcastic wit and Self-Deprecating Humor. Another example from his conversation with Natasha.
    Natasha: This is the Tesseract. [shows him a picture of it] It has the potential energy to wipe out the planet.
    Banner: What's Fury want me to do, swallow it?
    • Which is even funnier when you realize that the Hulk just might be able to do that.
      • Most comics fans fell on the floor laughing at that bit, because Hulk swallowing things was a legitimate tactic ALL THE TIME.
  • When Natasha initially suggests that Steve and Bruce come inside because it's "about to get hard to breathe" on the deck, Steve guesses that the carrier is submersible; Bruce wonders wryly if they really want him in a "submerged, pressurized, metal container." Cue realization as the carrier begins to lift off:
    Bruce: [bewildered smirk] Oh, no, this is much worse.
  • Loki telling off the Hulk as if he were scolding a naughty child. What does the Hulk do? What he does best. Smash. Also counts as a Moment Of Awesome.
    Loki: ENOUGH! You are, all of you, beneath me! I am a god, you dull creature! And I will NOT be bullied by--
    [The Hulk grabs Loki by the legs and begins Metronomic Man Mashing. Three smacks reduce the marble floor to gravel and Loki to a horrid, broken, senseless mess. Hulk takes a close split-second look at him, then proceeds to smack him against the floor two more times just to be sure.]
    Hulk: Puny god...
    [The tone of the Hulk's voice can only be considered disappointment - he had issues to work out, and it was over so quickly. All Loki can do is lie there in his own crater with a bug-eyed and stupefied "What the hell just happened?" look on his face.]
    • Even better is the surprised squawk he gives when the Hulk grabs him and the little pained barely-audible wheeze that Loki gives as the Hulk is walking away.
    • A bit of funny trivia: When Clark Gregg was feeling down about just having filmed Coulson's death scene, the producers showed him an early animatic of this scene. He felt much better afterwards.
    • In the Joss Whedon commentary, he just shuts up and lets the scene play out. He then comments that that moment is his Magnum Opus.
    • Even the music is funny in this scene. It starts to play Loki's ominous-sounding theme as he begins his rant, then cuts out abruptly mid-note when Hulk grabs him.
    • Incidentally, Banner wouldn't actually remember that the Hulk did this, which may explain why he chuckles in response to Black Widow whispering to him during Thor's and Loki's departure-scene: she told Bruce how Loki'd gotten so bruised up, and even he found it funny!
  • The Hulk Offhand Backhands Thor right out of the shot after they crash one of the Chitauri leviathans into Grand Central Station. Doubles as a Brick Joke to settling their fight on the Helicarrier earlier in the movie.
    • Or the Hulk dislikes kill-stealing.
    • Even better: no wind-up, no telegraphing of any kind; they stand together in one frame, and then in the very next frame, Hulk's fist is extended and Thor is out of frame.
  • The Avengers rendezvous in the streets to start the counter-attack against the Chitauri. Banner arrives... on a beat-up motorcycle. And observes, so casually that he sounds almost cheerful, "So, this all seems... horrible."
  • Best CPR ever: The Hulk roars to shock Tony into waking up.
    • Even better, this was apparently ad-libbed by Mark Ruffalo.
    • After the Hulk wakes him up with a roar, we get this:
      Tony: Please tell me nobody kissed me.
  • After Loki, caged, delivers his evil speech, the group is listening to him from the security system.
    Bruce: [grins] He really grows on you, doesn't he?

     Steve Rogers/Captain America 

  • Agent Coulson and Steve Rogers. Coulson is a Fanboy, Steve finds him a bit creepy.
    Agent Coulson: I watched you while you were sleeping. [awkward silence] I-I mean... I was present when you were unconscious from the ice.
  • When Nick Fury meets with Captain America in the beginning they wind up betting ten dollars that there's nothing that can surprise Cap anymore. After he sees the SHIELD helicarrier take off, he heads to the bridge and wordlessly hands Fury a ten-dollar bill, which he accepts without even looking at Cap.
    • Meta-example: A popular post on Tumblr said: "The first time I saw the movie, I missed the part about Steve saying nothing would surprise him, so I assumed that Steve just hands out money like old people do."
  • After Thor takes Loki away from SHIELD custody, Iron Man goes after them. Not wanting to be left behind, Captain America is about to follow suit when Black Widow advises him not to do so, as both Thor and Loki are powerful beings and could be considered gods. The good captain's response?
    • Watch closely when Captain America interrupts Thor's and Iron Man's fight, and just before Thor slams his hammer on Cap's shield: he throws the shield, which rebounds off Tony's armor and Thor's head. And both acting like they barely noticed that it happened.
      • When he angrily says "That's enough!", the delivery of the line gives the impression that he's scolding two misbehaving children.
  • Black Widow mentions Coulson's fanboying over Captain America and his trading cards. A couple scenes later, we see Cap standing there passively watching the agents work and Coulson in the middle of sheepishly asking him to autograph his cards.
    Black Widow: There was quite the buzz over at headquarters when they found you in the ice. I thought Coulson was going to swoon. Has he asked you to sign his trading cards yet?
    Cap: Trading cards?
    Black Widow: They're vintage. He's very proud.
  • The movie giving a delightful The Wizard of Oz reference during the first group debriefing:
    Fury: I'd like to know what Loki did to turn two of the sharpest men I know into his personal flying monkeys.
    Thor: Monkeys? I do not understand--
    Cap: I do! [beat, while Cap proudly but shyly and adorkably smiles] I understood that reference.note 
    • What makes it hilarious is that Cap looks so damn proud at the fact he got the joke.
      • Even more hilarious, if easy to miss, is Tony rolling his eyes at that.
      • And made better with the setup. The preceding conversation has several similar but more recent pop culture references, which go right past Cap with a fitting "Huh?" expression on his face. It doubles as a minor moment of heartwarming when he finally catches something familiar.
  • Captain America giving orders to the others, then...
    Steve: And Hulk?
    [the Hulk looks over at him]
    Steve: Smash.
    [Hulk grins, then gets to work]
    • The brief look on Steve's face between the words "Hulk" and "Smash", as if he's trying to find the right words to describe the tactic he wants... and realizes that Hulk already knows the word.
  • Captain America orders some police around to set up a perimeter and ensure the safety of the civilians. While the cop in charge asks why he should follow him, Chitauri arrive and Cap just beats all of them to the ground. The cop then proceeds to relay the Captain's orders, word for word.
  • In the trailer at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, we see Cap punching a bag so hard it bursts. In the extended version of that scene in this film, after the bag is punched, we pan down to six more bags, and he puts one on the chain and starts training again. After he's done talking with Nick, he takes a bag back with him to his room.
    • Made a touch funnier in that it's called a 'heavy bag' for a reason (around 100 pounds), and super-soldier Rogers is casually picking one up... with one hand... and no visible effort.
    • Originally, there was a good ten minutes with Cap establishing his character. Joss realized you could cut it down to a small photo thing...and that one shot.
  • Just before the big fight, as also noted on the MOA page, Cap ordering down a S.H.I.E.L.D agent while trying to commandeer a ride... with the gravitas of a true Old Soldier...
  • When Cap and Tony are arguing, Cap twice demands that Tony put on the suit so that they can go a few rounds. Then a brainwashed Hawkeye hits a turbine on the S.H.I.E.L.D carrier, exploding the room the group are in and dropping them to different sections of the ship.
    Cap: [urgent, non threatening tone] Put on the suit.
    Tony: Yep.
  • Cap, of all people, saying that JARVIS was taking too long to hack into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mainframe is pretty hilarious.
  • In Steve's own movie, we see he's not above trading barbs with his friends, but his depiction in this movie is reserved and polite, mainly because of the gravity of his Man Out of Time-ness and because he doesn't know these people. Thank God we have Tony Stark to drag out his wit.
    Tony: "Wait, when did this become about me?"
    Cap: "I'm sorry, isn't everything?"
    • Later,
    Tony: "That standard control unit can reverse the polarity long enough to disengage maglev, and that should—"
    Cap: "Speak English!"
    Tony: [beat] "...see that red lever?"


  • Bruce Banner and Thor get a one-two punch of CMOF at their strategy meeting;
    Banner: I don't think we should be focused on Loki; that guy's brain is a bag of cats. You can smell crazy on him.
    Thor: Have a care how you speak. Loki may be beyond reason, but he is of Asgard, and he is my brother.
    Black Widow: He killed eighty people in two days.
    Thor: ...He's adopted.
  • When everyone is arguing in the Helicarrier, Thor jumps in with this gem:
    Thor: You people are so petty... and tiny.
    • What really sells it is the grin on his face as he says it. Everyone else is about to reach breaking point, and here's Thor beaming like he's a kid watching a puppet show.
  • Thor starts talking about this creature from another of the nine realms (bilgesnips) to Coulson. "You don't have those?"
    • That and his imitation of their "big antlers".
  • A subtle one towards the very end of the movie. The nuke has just been launched at Manhattan, and Cap and Thor are the last two Avengers still fighting in the streets. The soundtrack is playing this dramatic, tragic orchestral piece. Cap gets hit, he falls down, the foot soldiers are still coming... And then Thor completely destroys their advance by flattening them with a car. The music stops. And it doesn't restart again until the scene cuts to Black Widow on the roof.
  • While fighting with Iron Man in the forest, Thor delivers a headbutt that send Iron Man flying. And the suit's helmet is dented. Yep, Thor's skull is stronger than Tony Stark's armor.

  • Thor's confrontation with Loki gets interrupted by Tony:
    Thor: Listen well, brother. I— [is promptly tackled offscreen by Iron Man]
    Loki: I'm listening.
  • Before that, Thor asks an obvious question. Loki's "um, duh" expression is priceless.
    Thor: You think yourself above them?
    Loki: Well, yes.
  • After Cap and Iron Man have loaded Loki onto a Quinjet, it suddenly starts to storm...
    Cap: What's the matter? Scared of a little lightning?
    Loki: I'm not overly fond of what follows.
    • Cue Cap and Tony looking at each other, confused.
  • Loki, in response to getting the tar beat out of him and watching his entire plan crumble into dust in the span of hours. Not to mention an angry roster of Avengers glaring at him as he lies on the floor.
    • If you pay attention to the blocking, you'll note that the Avengers come up behind him through the open wall, meaning Loki was apparently heading toward the bar already.
    • Closer examination will reveal a quick smirk on Tony's face after Loki mentions taking him up on the offer.
  • Loki's line after he manages to trap Thor in the cell that Loki himself had occupied and was originally meant to contain the Hulk by using one of his illusions.
    Loki: Are you ever not going to fall for that?
  • Loki rolling his eyes and looking very irritated every time Thor is mentioned. He also does this when they lock him in the steel container.

     Nick Fury 

  • The way Nick Fury said this to Loki is unintentionally hilarious: "Sir, put down the spear." That's right, Nick Fury called the god of mischief as "Sir".
  • Nick Fury (dis)regarding the World Security Council decision on the crisis:
    Fury: I recognize that the council has made a decision, but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it.
  • Fury shutting down Thor:
    Thor: I thought humans were more evolved than this.
    Fury: Excuse me? Do we come to your planet and blow stuff up?
  • After shooting down one plane, Fury turns to see the second one taking off. No longer armed with a rocket launcher, he pulls out his sidearm and momentarily levels it at the retreating jet.
  • This bit of dialogue.
    Fury: Bring the carrier about to a 1-8-0 heading south. Take us to the water.
    Helmsman: We're flying blind. Navigation's recalibrating after the engine failure.
    Fury: Is the sun coming up?
    Helmsman: ...Yes sir.
    Fury: Then put it on the left!
  • In the first scene of the movie, Loki arrives and compares the humans to be ants under his boot. Later, when Loki is captured, Fury is explaining to him the cage function, and Brick Joke is expected:
    Fury: [pointing to Loki] Ant, [pointing to control pad] Boot.
    • In the same scene, after Loki's cutting little speech about how frustrating it must be to have been so close to the unlimited power of the tesseract, "and then to be reminded what real power is.":
      Fury: Well, let me know if "real power" wants a magazine or something.

     Natasha Romanov / Black Widow 

  • Natasha's opening scene where she is tied to a chair, dangled over a trapdoor, and about to be questioned by way of a pair of pliers to the face. Then someone's phone rings.
    Thug 1: Da? [beat, in Russian] It's for her.
    [he looks confused as he hands the phone to his boss]
    Corrupt Russian official: [spouts angry Russian]
    Coulson: You are at 114 Salinski Plaza, 3rd floor. We have an F-22 exactly 8 miles out. Put the woman on the phone or I will blow up the block before you can make the lobby.
    [Corrupt Russian official shakily holds phone to Natasha's ear]
    Coulson: We need you to come in.
    Natasha: Are you kidding? I'm working.
    Coulson: This takes precedence.
    Natasha: I'm in the middle of an interrogation, this moron is giving me everything.
    [cut to bewildered Corrupt Russian official]
    Corrupt Russian Official: I don't... give her everything...? [he looks at Widow, and she does a pitying little 'Yeah, you have' nod]
    Natasha: You cannot pull me out of this right now.
    Coulson: Tasha... Barton's been compromised.
    Natasha: [who, it must be noted, is still bound to a reasonably sturdy chair at this point] ...Let me put you on hold.
    [Cue her going into Action Girl mode, using AND shattering said chair, beating the hell out of the three guys while Coulson waits patiently, listening calmly to the sounds of violence as though it's hold music. Then she collects her heels and saunters off.)
    • What sells it is the switch in her tone. How she was really playing up the part of a panicked captive, then Coulson calls and she's annoyed; it's like breaking character while shooting a scene. The Russians' bewildered expressions while wondering what the heck is going on is the icing on the cake.
    • Which is followed by her muttering, боже мой (bozhe moi, "Oh my God") when told by Coulson to recruit Bruce Banner.
  • Some Casual Danger Dialog:
    Black Widow: [fighting off Chitauri soldiers at range alongside Hawkeye] It's just like Budapest all over again!
    Hawkeye: You and I remember Budapest very differently.
    • Which gets funnier on a rewatch - when Tony gets information from Coulson on the other prospective Avengers, you see a video clip of things like the Hulk rampaging and Thor's business out in New Mexico, and a brief clip of Clint and Natasha taking cover behind some rubble and firing at off-screen enemies. Didn't seem to be all that different!
  • Cap and Natasha are discussing the fastest way to get the top of the tower. Natasha says nervously, "This will be fun," once they work out that that she has to bounce off Cap's shield in order hijack one of the Chitauri gliders.
    • This is followed by another hilarious moment as Loki takes up pursuit on his glider. When Natasha realizes he's back there, her reaction is more annoyed and exasperated than frightened.
      Natasha: Oh. You.
      • And to boot, the Chitauri she's riding looks back too, wondering why Loki is shooting at him.
  • A surprisingly light moment when Natasha is interrogating Loki:
    Black Widow: Regimes fall every day. I tend not to weep over that, I'm Russian. Or, I was.
  • When Iron Man brings "the party" to the rest of the Avengers (in the form of the Leviathan), Natasha makes this golden comment:

     ...and Everyone Else 

  • Agent Coulson even gets a Funny Moment while dying via his BFG.
  • Banner's conversation with the janitor:
    Son, you got a condition.
    • Made even funnier when he asks him if he's an alien, as he's played by Harry Dean Stanton who played a similar role (mechanic, but still) in Alien.
    • When the janitor describes the Hulk as "Big and green and buck-ass nude".
  • During the final fight Hawkeye fires an arrow at Loki, who catches it and makes an 'oh, please' expression. The arrow promptly explodes.
  • Stan Lee makes a cameo at the end, saying, "Superheroes? In New York? Gimme a break..."
  • A Joint Strike Fighter pilot tries to get the Hulk's attention.
    Pilot: Target engaged. [fires Gatling gun]
    [Hulk gets hit, turns, and jumps toward the Jet]
    Pilot: [look of terror] Target angry. Target angry!


  • Never mind box office rankings, The Avengers may well become the next "Backstroke Of The West"!
  • Hilarious Outtakes are out. Bruce Banner running like a girl!
  • In the Director's commentary,
    Whedon: Tony Stark, not a man of the people; he's a man of Tony Stark.
    • His commentary when Hawkeye shoots an arrow that hacks into the Helicarrier's computer.
      Whedon: Yeah, it's a virus arrow. What? That could totally happen.
    • Whedon admitting that Iron Man knocking Thor out of frame is a cheap joke, and then stating that he's going to do it four more times before the movie is over.
    • Same thing with Hawkeye firing an arrow without looking and still hitting his target perfectly.
    • Pointing out a shot of Chris Evans' jaw, claiming it as the reason he's a superhero while Whedon isn't.
    • Whedon's comment about Harry Dean Stanton's cameo.
      Whedon: And now the Hulk has fallen into a Coen Brothers movie.
    • Noting his tendency for World of Snark, hence why he added some of the "Coulson is a fanboy" humor.
      Whedon: Everyone in this movie is a dry wit. It's like a desert of wit.
  • The reveal that all the food Tony kept pulling out of nowhere was real—Downey kept getting snacky and hid snacks all over the set to compensate.
    • Someone on tumblr outright calls him a squirrel for some added amusement.
  • In a mostly depressing deleted scene where Captain America discovers the fate of his WWII companions, the Stan Lee cameo suddenly brings it all back to hilarity.
    Stan Lee: (regarding the waitress) Ask for her number, ya moron!
    • Also this exchange:
      Waitress: Also we've got free wireless.
      Steve Rogers: Radio? note 
  • During the "Assembling a Universe" special, Clark Gregg talks about meeting with Whedon before filming, and having Whedon tell him that is character is basically The Heart of the Avengers, and that his role is very important to the plot of the film. Gregg was flattered...until he realized that it was Joss Whedon telling him this.
  • One of the main reasons Mark Ruffalo signed on to play Bruce Banner and the Hulk was so his kids could see him in one of his movies. This backfired when his daughters were terrified by seeing their father transform into a giant, green rage-monster and try to kill people.