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Quotes / The Avengers (2012)

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About the Film

"If The Avengers isn’t necessarily the best superhero movie ever made, it is unquestionably the most superhero movie ever made."
Steven D. Greydanus, DecentFilms

From the Film

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

Captain America: We need a plan of attack!
Iron Man: I have a plan: attack.
Cap and Iron Man discussing Thor's appearance.

Bruce Banner: I'd like to know why S.H.I.E.L.D. is using the Tesseract to build weapons of mass destruction.
Nick Fury: Because of him! [points at Thor]
Thor: Me?
Nick Fury: Last year, Earth had a visit from another planet that had a grudge match that leveled a small town. We learned that not only we are not alone, but we are hopelessly, hilariously outgunned.
Thor: My people want nothing but peace with your planet!
Nick Fury: But you're not the only people out there, are you? And you're not the only threat. The world is filling up with people that can't be matched, that can't be controlled!
Bruce Banner confronts Nick Fury about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s weapon project.

Director Fury: Take us to heading 180! Get us over water.
Bridge pilot: Navigation is recalibrating after the explosion. We're flying blind!
Director Fury: Is the sun coming up?
Bridge pilot: [uncertain] Yes.
Director Fury: Then put it on the left! One more engine goes out, we drop.
Fury explains the basics of navigation

Tony Stark: You're missing the point — there's no throne, there's no version of this where you come out on top. Now, maybe your army comes and maybe it's too much for us but it's all on you. Because if we can't protect the Earth you can be damn well sure we'll avenge it.
Tony speaking with Loki

"Puny god."
The Hulk, seconds after laying out 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 it’s safe to say mistakes were made in the handling of the incident?
Agent Hill: Mistakes?! God... That’s all there was. A series of astonishing mistakes. And the worst of all—
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 it’s... infuriating! We’re 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. That’s 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 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.