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* 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.

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* Black Widow, a normal-ass (if highly trained) human being, facing down the Hulk and living to tell the tale. The fact that she was trapped in a small, confined space (probably the worst possible place to be dealing with the Hulk) and still managed to evade his grasp long enough for [[BigDamnHeroes Thor to show up and even the odds]] just makes it all the more incredible.
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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.


And [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]? ''[{{beat}}]'' ... ''Smash''. [[note]]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. And besides, who's gonna give the Hulk ''orders''?[[/note]]\\

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And [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]? ''[{{beat}}]'' ... ''Smash''.''[[BorrowedCatchphrase Smash]]''. [[note]]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. And besides, who's gonna give the Hulk ''orders''?[[/note]]\\


* There's [[BadassBystander an old man (who's credited simply as "Old German")]] who would clearly rather be DefiantToTheEnd against [[BigBad Loki]] rather than [[KneelBeforeZod kneel before him]]--and judging from the man's age and the dialogue, it's very clear that he was there [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the last time]] something like this happened in Germany, and he'll be ''damned'' if he sits by and lets it happen again.
--->'''Loki:''' You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\
'''Old German (slowly gets up):''' Not to men like you.\\
'''Loki:''' [[AGodAmI There are no men like me]].\\
'''Old German:''' [[ANaziByAnyOtherName There are]] ''[[ANaziByAnyOtherName always]]'' [[ANaziByAnyOtherName men like you]].


* There's [[BadassBystander an old man (who's credited simply as "Old German")]] who would clearly rather be DefiantToTheEnd against [[BigBad Loki]] rather than [[KneelBeforeZod kneel before him]]--and judging fromthe man's age and the dialogue, it seems very clear that he was there [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the last time]] something like this happened in Germany, and he'll be ''damned'' if he sits by and lets it happen again.

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* There's [[BadassBystander an old man (who's credited simply as "Old German")]] who would clearly rather be DefiantToTheEnd against [[BigBad Loki]] rather than [[KneelBeforeZod kneel before him]]--and judging fromthe from the man's age and the dialogue, it seems it's very clear that he was there [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the last time]] something like this happened in Germany, and he'll be ''damned'' if he sits by and lets it happen again.


* There's [[BadassBystander an old man (who's credited simply as "Old German")]] who would clearly rather be DefiantToTheEnd against [[BigBad Loki]] rather than KneelBeforeZod--and judging from his and the dialogue, it's also made clear that he was there [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the last time]] something like this happened in Germany, and he'll be ''damned'' if he sits by and lets it happen again.

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* There's [[BadassBystander an old man (who's credited simply as "Old German")]] who would clearly rather be DefiantToTheEnd against [[BigBad Loki]] rather than KneelBeforeZod--and [[KneelBeforeZod kneel before him]]--and judging from his fromthe man's age and the dialogue, it's also made it seems very clear that he was there [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the last time]] something like this happened in Germany, and he'll be ''damned'' if he sits by and lets it happen again.

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* There's [[BadassBystander an old man (who's credited simply as "Old German")]] who would clearly rather be DefiantToTheEnd against [[BigBad Loki]] rather than KneelBeforeZod--and judging from his and the dialogue, it's also made clear that he was there [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the last time]] something like this happened in Germany, and he'll be ''damned'' if he sits by and lets it happen again.
--->'''Loki:''' You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\
'''Old German (slowly gets up):''' Not to men like you.\\
'''Loki:''' [[AGodAmI There are no men like me]].\\
'''Old German:''' [[ANaziByAnyOtherName There are]] ''[[ANaziByAnyOtherName always]]'' [[ANaziByAnyOtherName men like you]].


-->'''Fury:''' No. It's won by soldiers.\\

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-->'''Fury:''' '''Fury:''' No. It's won by soldiers.\\

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* -->'''Council:''' War isn't won by sentiment, Director.\\

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* Nick Fury both verbally flips off the World Security Council and provides the setup for ''the most'' epic character introduction in the film.
-->'''Council:''' War isn't won by sentiment, Director.\\



** Nick Fury both verbally flips off the World Security Council and provides the setup for ''the most'' epic character introduction in the film.


* -->'''Council:'''[-"War isn't won by sentiment, Director."-]\\
-->'''Fury:'''[-"No. It's won by soldiers."-]\\
Nick Fury both verbally flips off the World Security Council and provides the setup for ''the most'' epic character introduction in the film.

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* -->'''Council:'''[-"War -->'''Council:''' War isn't won by sentiment, Director."-]\\
-->'''Fury:'''[-"No.
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-->'''Fury:''' No.
It's won by soldiers."-]\\
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Nick Fury both verbally flips off the World Security Council and provides the setup for ''the most'' epic character introduction in the film.



** Tony later announces- casually, mind you -- that he became an expert in astro-quantum whatsimacallit overnight. In addition to reading up on the other team members. This version can never claim to have beaten [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] in chess, but he's definitely one of the smartest beings in the world.

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** Tony later announces- announces - casually, mind you -- - that he became an expert in astro-quantum whatsimacallit thermonuclear astrophysics overnight. In addition to reading up on the other team members. This version can never claim to have beaten [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] in chess, but he's definitely one of the smartest beings in the world.



* Hawkeye tells Loki and Selvig that the Scepter has shown him his next target. It seems he's simply referring to the iridium mentioned a moment ago... except he's looking right at Loki when he says it. Barton might not have been as far gone as the Asgardian hoped.

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* Hawkeye tells Loki and Selvig that the Scepter has shown him his next target. It seems he's simply referring to the iridium mentioned a moment ago... except he's looking right at Loki ''Loki'' when he says it. Barton might not have been as far gone as the Asgardian hoped.


* '''[-"War isn't won by sentiment, Director."-]'''\\
'''[-"No. It's won by soldiers."-]'''\\

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* '''[-"War -->'''Council:'''[-"War isn't won by sentiment, Director."-]'''\\
'''[-"No.
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-->'''Fury:'''[-"No.
It's won by soldiers."-]'''\\"-]\\


* The Chitauri were winning. Let me repeat that: by the end of the battle, despite Cap's strategy, the arrival of the Army, and the efforts of all the Avengers, [[TheBadGuyWins the Chitauri were winning]], having driven Hawkeye off his perch, grounded Thor, and pinned Iron Man and the Hulk. There's a reason they needed Widow to close the portal. Little wonder that Tony spends the rest of the MCU up to Infinity War terrified of a repeat.

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* The Chitauri were winning. Let me repeat that: by the end of the battle, despite Cap's strategy, the arrival of the Army, and the efforts of all the Avengers, [[TheBadGuyWins the Chitauri were winning]], having driven Hawkeye off his perch, grounded Thor, and pinned Iron Man and the Hulk. There's a reason they needed Widow to close the portal. Little wonder that Tony spends the rest of the MCU up to Infinity War terrified of a repeat.


* 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.

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* 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 first being to cleanly and single-handedly defeat Cap in a one-on-one battle in the Cinematic Universe.



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* 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 trying to nuke New York and telling them that S.H.I.E.L.D. has it on record, so they better not try to go after Nick Fury. Wow. Even better -- When she calls out the "morons" for trying to nuke Manhattan, she's initially told that the matter is "not in question" and 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 and making several complaints about him, she agrees with the ones he took in regards to the Avengers and the invasion, before making the point of calling the WSC out on the nuke.
-->'''Hill:''' Oh, and, uh, as for the matter that's "not in question," where you morons tried to 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.
* 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), ''[[Series/HannahMontana Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert]]'' (theater average - wide release), ''[[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 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/SpiderMan1'' (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 ''its'' budget, AND the budget of ''every single other film'' in the Franchise/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 its 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 Avengers 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 [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments 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 an awesome moment. Seems like these actors are genuinely nice guys who seem to see their hero status to kids as something to take seriously.
** [[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 jealousy.
* Probably the biggest one of all is the fact that it made a crossover movie this size ''work''. While ''Film/XMen1'' 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 ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' movie idea.
** Furthermore, Creator/JossWhedon achieved this by creating a film that earned a 92% on Website/RottenTomatoes; outside Creator/{{Pixar}}, that kind of score is typically associated with ''art house'' movie quality!
* The film received so many awards and nominations that ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accolades_received_by_The_Avengers_(2012_film) it has its own page]]'' on Wikipedia for all of them, along with other films like the Film/SpiderManTrilogy and Film/TheLordOfTheRings films!
* The awesomeness of the film's ending was underscored when the WebAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/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!"
* A meta one in the way they designed the film. There is ''no'' main protagonist. Thor is Loki's ArchEnemy, and has the greatest personal stake, not to mention the enemy fought is "His". Hulk is clearly the strongest and has the greatest impact against the aliens. Captain America's leadership moment and representation of humanity, Iron man's HeroicSacrifice is clearly what stops the invasion and saves New York, and Black Widow is the one that closed the portal. ''None'' of them truly outshone eachother. They truly managed to make a film with multiple leads instead of simply throwing more people in it.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYYlYnT1CZg This incredibly BadAss fan-made parody trailer in the style of Watchmen. Go ahead, watch it.]]
* Think about it for a moment, this is the movie that has cemented the Avengers as the current A-Team for Marvel. In the 60s and 70s, it was the ComicBook/FantasticFour while the 80s and 90s had ComicBook/XMen taking that role. Furthermore, much like how X-Men started out as a bunch of nobodies, Avengers had a lot of characters at the time considered B-Heroes and rise up to rival popularity to their mutant counterparts. Not bad for a franchise that first started out as a dumping ground for heroes that are deemed unable to hold their own series.
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