The Avengers (2012 film)

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Marvel's The Avengers (titled Marvel Avengers Assemble in the UK and Ireland) is a 2012 American superhero film about a team of superheroes who come together to form the Avengers to help stop Thor's brother Loki from enslaving the human race. It is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, and is the sixth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon. Story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon.
Avengers Assemble! (taglines)

Tony Stark/Iron Man[edit]

  • It's good to meet you, Dr. Banner. Your work on anti-electron collisions is unparalleled. And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.
  • [confronting Loki in Stuttgart] Make a move, Reindeer Games.
  • [to Thor, after their fight] No hard feelings, Point Break. You got a mean swing.
  • Phil? His first name is "Agent."
  • [on the bridge of the helicarrier] Uh, raise the mizzen-mast, ship the top-sails. [points at a SHIELD agent] That man is playing Galaga! Thought we wouldn't notice…but we did.
  • [to Steve Rogers, about Nick Fury] He's a spy. Captain, he's the spy. His secrets have secrets.
  • An intelligence agency that fears intelligence? Historically, not awesome.
  • [Regarding Steve Rogers] That's the guy my dad never shut up about? I'm surprised they didn't just keep him in ice.
  • Uh oh…help? [gets smacked around by one of the Helicarrier's turbines]
  • [trying to attract a Leviathan by popping flares from his suit] Okay, we got his attention. What the hell was Step Two?
  • We have a Hulk.

Bruce Banner/The Hulk[edit]

  • STOP LYING TO ME! [to a frightened Natasha, who draws a gun on him] I'm sorry, that was mean. I just wanted to see what you'd do.
  • [Incorrectly assuming the Helicarrier is a submarine] Really? They want me in a submerged, pressurized metal container? [Seeing that it actually flies] Oh no, this is much worse.
  • [On Loki] He really grows on you, doesn't he?
  • I mean, what are we, a team? No, no, no. We're a chemical mixture that makes chaos. We're...we're a time-bomb.
  • I got low. I didn't see an end. So, I put a bullet in my mouth...and the other guy spit it out.
  • Sorry kids. You don't get to see my little party trick after all.
  • Puny god.
  • I'm always angry.

Steve Rogers/Captain America[edit]

  • When I went under, the world was at war. I wake up, they say we won. They didn't say what we lost.
  • You know, the last time I was in Germany and saw a man standing above everybody else, we ended up disagreeing.
  • [To Bruce Banner] Word is you can find The Cube. [Banner: Is that the only word about me?] The only word I care about.


  • You people are so petty…and tiny.
  • You speak of control, yet you court chaos.
  • We are not your enemies, Banner! Try to think!

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow[edit]

  • I'm in the middle of an interrogation and this moron is giving me everything.
    • Conversing while tied to a chair.
  • Regimes fall every day. I tend not to weep over that, I'm Russian. Or I used to be.
  • Боже мой!
    • "Oh my God!" after Coulson orders her to recruit "the big guy"
  • This is Loki. This is monsters and magic and nothing we were ever trained for.
  • Oh. You. [realizing Loki himself is chasing her through New York]

Clint Barton/Hawkeye[edit]

  • The Cube is a doorway to the other end of space, right? Doors open from both sides.
  • I need a distraction. And an eyeball.
  • You're a spy, not a soldier. Now you want to wade into a war? Why? What did Loki do to you?

Nick Fury[edit]

  • Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on.
  • Ant…boot.
  • There was an idea—Stark knows this—called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. To see if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles that we never could. Phil Coulson died still believing in that idea…in heroes.
  • [when Maria Hill calls him out for lying about Coulson's trading cards] They needed the push.


  • I am Loki of Asgard. And I burdened with glorious purpose.
  • In the end, you will all kneel before me.
  • I'm not overly fond of what follows. [when Cap asks if he's "scared of a little lightning"]
  • Are you ever not going to fall for that? [after using his duplication ability to trick Thor]
  • If it's all the same to you, I'll have that drink now.

Phil Coulson[edit]

  • [to Natasha] Oh I've got Stark. You get the big guy.
  • [Cap thinks his new uniform might look too old-fashioned] With everything that's happening…the things that are about to come to light…people might just need a little old-fashioned.
  • [last words] It's okay, boss. This was never going to work if they didn't have something to…

The Other[edit]

  • [opening narration] 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?
  • You will have your war, Asgardian. If you fail, if the Tesseract is kept from us, there will be no realm, no barren moon, no crevice where he can not find you. You think you know pain? He will make you long for something as sweet as pain.


Nick Fury: We have no quarrel with your people.
Loki: An ant has no quarrel with a boot.
Nick Fury: You planning to step on us?
Loki: I come with glad tidings, of a world made free.
Nick Fury: Free from what?
Loki: Freedom. Freedom is life's great lie. Once you accept that, in your heart, you will know peace.
Nick Fury: Yeah, you say peace. I kinda think you mean the other thing.

Pepper Potts: Is this about the Avengers? [Coulson looks at her]...which I know nothing about?
Tony Stark: The Avengers Initiative was scrapped, I thought. And I didn't even qualify.
Pepper: I didn't know that either.
Tony: Apparently I'm volatile, self-obsessed, and don't play well with others.
Pepper: That I did know.

Loki: [teleporting to the front of a fleeing crowd] Kneel before me. [the crowd flees the other way; Loki teleports in that direction]
I said…KNEEL!!! [slams the staff on the ground, releasing a thunderous shockwave that scares the crowd into submission]
Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It is the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.
Old German Man: [stands up] Not to men like you.
Loki: [smirking] There are no men like me.
Old German Man: There are always men like you.
Loki: Look to your elder, people. Let him be an example!
[Loki fires a blast from his scepter at the old man, only to have Captain America leap in and deflect it back with his shield, knocking Loki down]
Captain America: You know, the last time I was in Germany and saw a man standing above everybody else, we ended up disagreeing.
Loki: The soldier. The man out of time.
Cap: I'm not the one who's out of time.

Steve Rogers: Stark, we need a plan of attack!
Tony Stark: I have a plan: attack!

Thor: Where is the Tesseract?
Loki: [laughing] I missed you too.
Thor: Do I look to be in a gaming mood?
Loki: You should thank me. With the Bifrost gone, how much dark energy did the All-Father have to muster to conjure you here, to your precious Earth?
Thor: I thought you dead.
Loki: Did you mourn?
Thor: We all did. Our father…
Loki: Your father. He did tell you my true parentage, did he not?
Thor: We were raised together. We played together, we fought together. Do you remember none of that?
Loki: I remember a shadow. Living in the shade of your greatness. I remember you tossing me into an abyss - I, who was, and should be, king!
Thor: So you take the world I love as recompense for your imagined slights? No, the Earth is under my protection, Loki.
Loki: [laughs] And you're doing a marvelous job with that! The humans slaughter each other in droves, while you idly fret. I mean to rule them, and why should I not?
Thor: You think yourself above them?
Loki: Well, yes.
Thor: Then you miss the truth of ruling, brother. A throne would suit you ill.
Loki: I've seen worlds you've never known about! I have grown, Odinson, in my exile. I have seen the true power of the Tesseract, and when I wield it...
Thor: Who showed you this power? Who controls the would-be king?
Loki: I AM A KING!
Thor: NOT HERE! You give up the Tesseract! You give up this poisonous dream! [softly] ...You come home.
Loki: [chuckles] ...I don't have it. [Thor calls Mjolnir to his hand] You need the Cube to bring me home, but I've sent it off, I know not where.
Thor: You listen well, brother. I— [Stark, in the Mark VI, plows into him at full speed]
Loki: ...I'm listening...

[Stark confronts Thor]
Thor: Do not touch me again.
Tony Stark: Then don't take my stuff.
Thor: You have no idea what you're dealing with.
Tony Stark: Uh...Shakespeare in the Park? "Doth Mother know you weareth her drapes?"
Thor: This is beyond you, metal man. Loki will face Asgardian justice.
Tony Stark: He gives up the Cube, he's all yours. Until then... [closes his mask] stay out of the way. [Under his breath] Tourist.

[Rogers gets ready to go after Stark, Thor and Loki]
Natasha Romanoff: I'd sit this one out, Cap!
Steve Rogers: I don't see how I can!
Natasha Romanoff: These guys come from legend. They're basically gods.
Steve Rogers: There's only one God, ma'am. And I'm pretty sure He doesn't dress like that. [straps on a parachute and jumps out of the Quinjet]

[Rogers interrupts a brawl between Stark and Thor]
Captain America: 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 ham—
[Thor knocks Stark back with Mjolnir]
[Thor jumps at Rogers, Mjolnir raised. Rogers gets into a crouch, his shield raised. Mjolnir strikes on Rogers' shield, causing a large shockwave that blows everyone back. Stark, Rogers, and Thor all pick themselves up and stare at each other]
Cap: ...Are we done here?

Loki: How desperate are you? That you call on such lost creatures to defend you?
Nick Fury: How desperate am I? You threaten my world with war, you steal a force you can't hope to control, you talk about peace, and you kill 'cause it's fun. You have made me very desperate. You might not be glad that you did.
Loki: Ooh. It burns you to have come so close. To have the Tesseract. To have power. Unlimited power. And for what? A warm light for all mankind to share? And then to be reminded what real power is?
Fury: Well, let me know if "real power" wants a magazine or something.

[Discussing how to find the Tesseract]
Steve Rogers: I'd start with that stick of [Loki's]. It may be magical, but it works a lot like a HYDRA weapon.
Nick Fury: I don't know about that, but it is powered by the Cube. I'd like to know how Loki used it to turn two of the sharpest men I know into his personal flying monkeys.
Thor: Monkeys? I do not understand.
Steve: I do! [Stark rolls his eyes, Steve looks proud of himself] I understood that reference.

Steve Rogers: Thor, what's his [Loki's] play?
Thor: He has an army, called the Chitauri. They're not of Asgard nor any world known. He means to lead them against your people. They will win him the Earth…in return, I suspect, for the Tesseract.
Steve: [somewhat stunned] An army. From outer space.
Bruce Banner: So he's building another portal. That's what he needs Erik Selvig for.
Thor: Selvig?
Banner: He's an astrophysicist.
Thor: He's a friend.
Natasha Romanoff: Loki has him under some kind of spell. Along with one of ours.
Steve: I want to know why Loki let us take him. He's not leading an army from here.
Banner: I don't think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy's brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell the crazy on him.
Thor: Have care how you speak. Loki is beyond reason, but he is of Asgard, and he is my brother.
Natasha: He killed eighty people in two days.
Thor: ...he's adopted.

Natasha Romanoff: I've got red in my ledger, I'd like to wipe it out.
Loki: Can you? Can you wipe out that much red? Drakov's daughter, Sao Paulo, the hospital fire? Barton told me everything. Your ledger is dripping, it's gushing red; and you think saving a man no more virtuous than yourself will change anything?! This is the basest sentimentality. This is a child's prayer—pathetic! You lie and kill in the service of liars and killers. You pretend to be separate, to have your own code, something that makes up for the horrors…but they are a part of you, and they will never go away. [Loki slams his fist into the cage glass, snarling with fury] I won't touch Barton, not until I make him kill you. Slowly. Intimately. In every way he knows you fear. And then he'll wake just long enough to see his good work, and when he screams, I'll split his skull! This is my bargain, you mewling quim!
Natasha: [tearfully] You're a monster.
Loki: [chuckles scornfully] Oh, no. You've already brought the monster with you.
Natasha: [turns around, showing no signs of tears] So...Banner. So that's your play.
Loki: [realizing he's been tricked] What?
Natasha: [into her comm as she walks away] Loki's planning to unleash the Hulk. Keep Banner in his lab, I'll meet you there. Send Thor as well. [to Loki] Thank you...for your cooperation.

Tony Stark: You know, you should come by Stark Tower next time. Top ten floors? All R&D. You'd love it, it's Candyland.
Bruce Banner: Thanks, but the last time I was in New York, I kinda broke…Harlem.
Tony: I promise a totally stress-free work environment. No surprises. [he pokes Banner with an electrified probe]
Banner: OW!
Tony: Nothing? [looking intently into Banner's eyes]
Steve Rogers: [entering the lab] Hey! Are you nuts?
Tony: Jury's out. [to Bruce] You've really got a lid on it, huh? What's your secret? Mellow jazz? Bongo drums? Huge bag of weed?
Steve: Is everything a joke to you?
Tony: Funny things are.

Steve Rogers: We have orders, we should follow them.
Tony Stark: Following's not really my style.
Steve: And you're all about style, aren't you?
Tony: Of the people in this room, which one is A) wearing a spangly outfit, and B) not of use?

Steve Rogers: Big man in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you?
Tony Stark: Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. [Natasha shrugs condescendingly]
Steve: I know guys with none of that worth ten of you. I've seen the footage. The only thing you really fight for is yourself. You're not the guy to make the sacrifice play, to lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over you.
Tony: I think I would just cut the wire.
Steve: Always a way out. You know, you may not be a threat, but you'd better stop pretending to be a hero.
Tony: A hero? Like you? You're a laboratory experiment, Rogers. Everything special about you came out of a bottle.
Steve: [incensed] Put on the suit. Let's go a few rounds.
. . .
[the helicarrier is rocked by an explosion]
Steve: [worried] Put on the suit!
Tony: Yup!

[After a surprise attack damages the carrier's systems and takes out an engine, Fury runs onto the bridge.]
Nick Fury: Bring the carrier about to 180, headed south! Take us to the water.
Pilot: We're flying blind! Navigation's recalibrating after the engine failure!
Fury: [Exasperated] Is the sun coming up?
Pilot: Yes, sir.
Fury: Then put it on the left!

Phil Coulson: [Dying, holding a very large gun] You're going to lose.
Loki: Am I?
Coulson: It's in your nature.
Loki: Your heroes are scattered, your floating fortress falls from the sky. Where is my disadvantage?
Coulson: You lack conviction.
Loki: I don't think I—
[Coulson fires the weapon, blasting Loki through a wall]
Coulson: So that's what it does.

[Stark and Rogers look at the gantry where Coulson died]
Steve Rogers: Was he married?
Tony Stark: No. There was a, uh, cellist. I think.
Steve: I'm sorry. He seemed like a good man.
Tony: [clearly fighting back tears] He was an idiot.
Steve: Why? For believing?
Tony: For taking on Loki alone.
Steve: He was doing his job.
Tony: He was out of his league. He should have waited, he should have—
Steve: Sometimes there isn't a way out, Tony.
Tony: Right. Heard that before.
Steve: Is this the first time you've lost a soldier?
Tony: [in grief and rage] We are NOT soldiers! [pauses to compose himself] I am not marching to Fury's fife.
Steve: Neither am I. He's got the same blood on his hands that Loki does. But right now we've got to put that behind us and get this done.

[Stark and Rogers, on Loki killing Coulson]
Tony Stark: He made it personal.
Steve Rogers: That's not the point.
Tony: That is the point. That's Loki's point! He hit us all right where we live. Why?
Steve: To tear us apart.
Tony: Yeah, divide and conquer is great, but he knows he has to take us out to win, right? That's what he wants. He want to beat us, he wants to be seen doing it, he wants an audience!
Steve: Right. We caught his act in Stuttgart.
Tony: Yeah, but that's just previews. This, this is Opening Night. And Loki, he's a full-tilt diva, right? He wants flowers, he wants parades, he wants a monument built to the skies with his name plastered—
[the two share a look of dawning realization]
Tony: Son of a bitch.

World Security Council: Director Fury, the council has made a decision.
Nick Fury: I recognize the council has made a decision, but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it.

Loki: Please tell me you're going to appeal to my humanity.
Tony Stark: Actually, I'm planning to threaten you.
Loki: You should have left your armor on for that.
Tony: Yeah, it's seen a bit of mileage and you got the, uh, Glow-Stick of Destiny. 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. [starts drinking a glass of wine]
Loki: The Chitauri are coming. Nothing will change that. What have I to fear?
Tony: The Avengers. [Loki looks confused] It's what we call ourselves, sorta like a team. "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" type thing.
Loki: Yes, I've met them.
Tony: Yeah. Takes us a while to get any traction. But let's do a head count here. Your brother, the demigod; a super soldier, a living legend who kind of lives up to the legend; a man with breathtaking anger management issues; a couple of master assassins. And you, big fella, you've managed to piss off every single one of them.
Loki: That was the plan.
Tony: Not a great plan. When they come…and they will…they'll come for you.
Loki: I have an army.
Tony: We have a Hulk.
Loki: I thought the beast had wandered off.
Tony: You're missing the point. There's no throne. There is no version of this where you come out on top. 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.
Loki: How will your friends have time for me…when they are so busy fighting you? [raises his staff to touch Tony's chest and control his mind; however, the arc reactor blocks it. Confused, he tries again, to no avail] This usually works.
Tony: Performance issues. It's not uncommon, one out of five—
[Infuriated, Loki grabs Tony by the neck and throws him aside]
Tony: [Under his breath] Jarvis, any time now.
Loki: You will all fall before me!
Tony: Deploy! [Loki lifts him off the ground by the throat.] DEPLOY!
[Loki tosses Tony out the window of his penthouse; as he falls, he triggers the Mark-7 suit controls on his bracelets, causing it to plow through Loki and form around him before he hits the ground, allowing him to fly back up]
Tony: And there's one other person you pissed off. His name was Phil. [Blasts Loki]

[as the first wave of Chitauri streams through the portal]
Steve Rogers: Stark, are you seeing this?
Tony Stark: Seeing…still working on believing.

[fighting the first wave of Chitauri in New York]
Natasha Romanoff: This is just like Budapest all over again.
Clint Barton: You and I remember Budapest very differently!

Bruce Banner: [arriving in New York on a motorcycle] So. This all seems…horrible.
Black Widow: I've seen worse.
Banner: Sorry.
Black Widow: No, we could use a little worse.
Captain America: Stark? We got him.
Iron Man: Banner?
Cap: Just like you said.
Iron Man: Then tell him to suit up. I'm bringing the party to you.
[Stark flies into view, chased by a Leviathan]
Natasha Romanoff: I-I don't see how that's a party.
[Stark drops low to the ground, forcing the Leviathan to crash onto the streets; Banner begins walking towards it]
Cap: Dr. Banner! Now might be a really good time for you to get angry.
Bruce Banner: That's my secret, Captain. I'm always angry. [Morphs into the Hulk and punches the Leviathan]

Iron Man: Call it, Captain.
Captain America: All right, listen up! Until we can close that portal, our priority is containment. Barton, I want you on that roof, eyes on everything. Call out patterns and strays. Stark, you got the perimeter. Anything gets more than three blocks out, you turn it back or you turn it to ash.
Hawkeye [to Stark] Wanna give me a lift?
Iron Man: Right. Better clench up, Legolas. [flies Barton to the indicated rooftop]
Cap: Thor, you gotta try and bottleneck that portal. Slow 'em down. You got the lightning, light the bastards up. [Thor flies off on Mjolnir. Rogers continues speaking to Romanoff.] You and me, we stay here on the ground, keep the fighting here. And Hulk?
[Hulk turns to Cap]
Cap: Smash.
[Hulk grins and leaps into battle]

Hawkeye: Stark, you got some strays sniffing your tail.
Iron Man: Just trying to keep 'em off the streets.
Hawkeye: [smiling] Well they can't bank worth a damn. Find a tight corner.
Iron Man: I will, roger that.
[Stark takes a series of sharp bends, destroying the Chitauri chasing him]
Iron Man: Not bad. What else you got?
Hawkeye: Well, Thor's taking on a squadron down on Sixth.
Iron Man: [in mock indignation] And he didn't invite me…

Loki: ENOUGH!!! You are, all of you, beneath me! I am a god, you dull creature, and I will not be bullied by—
[Hulk grabs Loki and slams him into the floor five times like a rag doll, then leaves him lying face-up in the resulting crater]
Hulk: PUNY GOD. [Walks off, leaving Loki groaning in pain]

[Stark gets an unorthodox idea for taking down a Leviathan]
Iron Man: Jarvis, you ever hear the tale of Jonah?
JARVIS: I wouldn't consider him a role model, sir.

[Hulk throws Iron Man off him. Thor and Cap run over to him. Thor rips off Tony's helmet. He appears to be dead. They stand around not sure. Then the Hulk yells in fury. The noise startles Tony awake.]
Tony: What the hell? What just happened? Please tell me nobody kissed me.
Captain America: [a beat] We won.
Tony: Alright. Hey. Alright. 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 don't know what it is, but I wanna try it.
Thor: [looking up at Stark Tower] We're not finished yet.
Tony: …And then shawarma after?

World Security Council: Where are the Avengers?
Nick Fury: I'm not currently tracking their whereabouts. I'd say they've earned a leave of absence.
World Security Council: And the Tesseract?
Fury: Where it belongs: out of our hands.
World Security Council: That's not your decision.
Fury: I didn't make the decision. I just didn't argue with the god[Thor] that did.

[last lines; the Avengers have parted ways…for now]
Maria Hill: Sir, how does it work now? They've gone their separate ways, some…pretty extremely far. We get into a situation like this again, what happens then?
Nick Fury: They'll come back.
Hill: You really sure about that?
Fury: I am.
Hill: Why?
Fury: Because we'll need them to.

[mid-credits scene: The Other briefs his master on what happened with Loki and the Avengers]
The Other: Humans. They are not the cowering wretches we were promised. They are unruly and therefore cannot be ruled. [kneels] To challenge them…is to court death.
[his master rises, turns, and smiles evilly, revealing himself as Thanos]


  • Avengers Assemble!
  • Some assembly required.
  • Every team needs a Captain.
  • Throw down the hammer.


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