The Other: The Tesseract has awakened. It is on a little world. A human world. They would wield its power, but our ally knows its workings as they never will. He is ready to lead. And our force, our Chitauri, will follow. The world will be his. The universe yours. And the humans, what can they do but burn?
—First lines of the movie
Tony Stark: You're missing the point! There's no throne. There is no version of this where you come out on top. Maybe you open the portal, and maybe your army is too much for us, but it doesn't matter. Because whatever happens, it's all on you. Everybody will be gunning for you. Because if we can't save the Earth, we sure as Hell can avenge it.
—Tony speaking with Loki
Agent Hill: You want to know what went wrong? How this horror... This... Catastrophe... Could have been averted?
WSC Member(male): A lot of people are dead, Agent Hill. Somebody has to answer for that.
Agent Hill: A lot of people have to answer for that.
WSC Member(female): Nick Fury?
Agent Hill: That man...
WSC Member(female): You've filed several reports criticizing Director Fury's actions since you joined S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agent Hill: Because he's reckless. We're at war, and he thinks about superheroes.
WSC Member(male): The Avengers?
Agent Hill: God... Who would bring those people together and not expect what happened?
WSC Member(male): You have to understand, there are aspects of this incident that are difficult for most people to accept.
WSC Member(female): Those creatures...
Agent Hill: Nick Fury says to me once, "In the time of gods and monsters, what is the worth of a man?" I don't know what he means. And then men... Are dying all around. Good men. Friends. Even some heroes.
WSC Member(female): So itís safe to say mistakes were made in the handling of the incident?
Agent Hill: Mistakes?! God... Thatís all there was. A series of astonishing mistakes. And the worst of alló
WSC Member(female): Agent Hill? Agent Hill?! You were saying?
Agent Hill: Sorry, yes.
WSC Member(female): You said, "The worst mistake..."
Agent Hill: Well, I think we all know who made that. You thought they were a threat. I thought they were a joke. Nick Fury only ever saw them as The Avengers. No matter what he said. If he hadn't seen that, well, Midtown Manhattan would be a smoking crater, for one thing.
WSC Member(male): That issue is not in question at this time.
Agent Hill: It was absolutely a bad idea. The wrong people at the wrong time and... It worked. They came together and they saved us! And itís... infuriating! Weíre trained to believe in a system, not to gamble... Not to hope. Nick Fury saw something... Running under the system, a current, a connection, a truth... About what we can do, what they would become. The Avengers were the mistake that saved the world. Thatís my official statement.
WSC Member(male): I see.
Agent Hill: Oh, and as for the matter that's... not "in question?" Where you morons tried to nuke New York? Well thatís on the record. As in we recorded it. We do that; weíre S.H.I.E.L.D. So if youíre thinking about coming after Nick Fury, ever? Think really, really hard.
— S.H.I.E.L.D. INTERROGATION: AGENT MARIA HILL
48 HOURS AFTER TESSERACT EVENT