The Avengers: Tie Ins
This page covers tropes found in the official Tie-In works of The Avengers.Tropes A to D | Tropes E to L | Tropes M to P | Tropes Q to Z | Tie-Ins | YMMV | TriviaWARNING: Spoilers from the earlier films are unmarked.
The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week contains the following tropes:
- Another Side, Another Story: Much of the later issues involve the Black Widow as she Forrest Gumps her way through the chronologically-later MCU films (except for Thor, where Coulson and Hawkeye serve this function).
- Badass Normal: Black Widow as usual, who has no problem navigating through a number of superhuman battlefields.
- Chekhov's Gun: In relation to the movie Coulson's request for a gun that has the strength of the Destroyer's blast is what he eventually uses on Loki in the movie.
- Continuity Nod: When Hawkeye visits a gas station, he notices that the place was the scene of a crime. It turns out that this is the same station where Coulson stopped a robbery in the A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor's Hammer short, which he "deduces" much to the attendant's surprise.Hawkeye: Who said we don't watch out for each other in this country?
- Da Chief: Nick Fury, who spends his week dealing with obstructive superiors, dying super geniuses, incursions by alien gods, idiot generals, and giant monsters tearing up New York. Probably best summed up by when he asks Black Widow to shadow the Hulk:Widow: I thought Sitwell was on Banner?
Fury: He was, but I had to send him to New Mexico.
Fury: BECAUSE I GOT A GODDAMN ALIEN OBJECT IN NEW MEXICO, THAT'S WHY!
(beat, as Natasha looks at Fury surprised)
Widow: I'm on my way.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Alluded to when Samuel Sterns starts to read Black Widow's mind, though all we know for this version of Natasha is that the traumatic events again took place during her childhood in Russia.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: When Coulson learns of Steve Rogers being found, his joy is a sight to behold.◊
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: The World Security Council, veering close to being a full-on Omniscient Council of Vagueness. Fury ends up telling Coulson to simply tell WSC what they want to hear, and then to continue doing what they were already doing anyway.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Nick Fury's general ethos in running S.H.I.E.L.D. When his bosses cut his budget allocations and tell him to start focusing on the Cosmic Cube or else, he ignores them, lies to them, and by the end of the week turns the whole situation around and tells them to either get on board with him or get out of the way.Fury: Hell, I dunno. Get creative, cook the books. Whatever it takes to let us do this job right.
- Sequel Hook: The whole thing is designed to lead into the actual film, obviously.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Black Widow's reaction to Samuel Sterns/Mr. Blue's offer to join him in world domination? A gunshot to his left kneecap at point blank range.
- Time Skip: The comic starts during the climax of Captain America: The First Avenger in the 1940s, only to jump forward to a week before his discovery by S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2010.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Natasha asks this when Coulson asks if she can handle things with Tony Stark alone. Cut to the Vanko-controlled War Machine attacking Iron Man at the Stark Expo.
- What Happened To...
- The Leader? Captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., kept in a people jar.
- Ivan Vanko's Burd? Died.
- The Destroyer? Taken by S.H.I.E.L.D., reverse-engineered, and is about to be transformed into a line of energy weapons.
- The HYDRA Trooper who fell out of the flying wing? Made it to his flying bomb and strapped in, but hit the ground in the middle of yelling, "Heil HYDRA!"
The junior novelization contains the following tropes:
- Bowdlerise: After a fashion. Black Widow's line about Thor and Loki being gods is explicitly in the dialogue, but Cap's response about there being only one God is cut.
- Disneyfication: The book cuts off most of the story to create a Happily Ever Before.
- Happily Ever Before: The junior novelization only adapts the first part of the movie, up to the point where Loki is locked up on the Helicarrier, and thereby leaves out a lot of subsequent events that might upset or just confuse younger readers.
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