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.

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] Your 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 freaked-out Natasha, who draws a gun on him] I'm sorry, that was mean. I just wanted to see what you'd do.
  • [When the carrier he's on is assumed to be a submarine] Really? They want me in a submerged, pressurized metal container? [Sees it's actually a helicarrier that flies] Oh no, this is much worse.
  • He [Loki] 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.

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.


  • 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!

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.

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.
  • 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.


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, which I know nothing about?
Tony Stark: The Avengers Initiative was scrapped, I thought. And I didn't even qualify.
Potts: I didn't know that either.
Stark: Apparently I'm volatile, self-obsessed, and don't play well with others.
Potts: 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]
Steve Rogers: You know, the last time I was in Germany and saw a man standing above everybody else, we ended up disagreeing.
Loki: The soldier. A man out of time.
Steve Rogers: 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 pointless 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 Iron Man, 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]

Steve Rogers: That's enough! Look, I don't know why you're here...
Thor: I've come here to put an end to Loki's schemes.
Steve Rogers: Then prove it. Put the hammer down.
Tony Stark: Uh, yeah, no, bad idea! 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]
Steve Rogers: ...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?
Nick Fury: Well, let me know if "real power" wants a magazine or something.

Steve Rogers: I want to know why Loki let us take him. He's not leading an army from here.
Bruce Banner: I don't think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy's brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him.
Thor: Have care how you speak. Loki is beyond reason, but he is of Asgard, and he is my brother.
Natasha Romanoff: He killed 80 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 Romanoff: [tearfully] You're a monster!
Loki: Oh, no. You've already brought the monster with you.
Natasha Romanoff: Banner. So that's your play.
Loki: [bemused] What?
Natasha Romanoff: [into her comm as she walks away] Loki is going to unleash the Hulk. Keep Banner in his lab, I'll meet you there. Send Thor as well. [to Loki] Thank you, you've been very cooperative.

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 kind of broke…Harlem.
Tony Stark: I promise a totally stress-free work environment. No surprises. [he pokes Banner with an electrified probe]
Bruce Banner: OW!
Tony Stark: Nothing? [looking intently into Banner's eyes]
Steve Rogers: [entering the lab] Hey! Are you nuts?
Tony Stark: 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 Rogers: Is everything a joke to you?
Tony Stark: Funny things are.

Steve Rogers: We have orders, we should follow them.
Tony Stark: Following's not really my style.
Steve Rogers: And you're all about style, aren't you?
Tony Stark: 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 Rogers: 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 Stark: I think I would just cut the wire.
Steve Rogers: Always a way out. You know, you may not be a threat, but you'd better stop pretending to be a hero.
Tony Stark: A hero? Like you? You're a laboratory experiment, Rogers. Everything special about you came out of a bottle.
Steve Rogers: [Incensed] Put on the suit, let's go a few rounds.

[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!
Nick Fury: [Exasperated] Is the sun coming up?
Pilot: Yes, sir.
Nick 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.

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 Stark: Yeah, it's seen a bit of mileage and you got the glow-stick of destiny. Would you like a drink?
Loki: Stalling me won't change anything.
Tony Stark: No, no, no; not stalling, threatening. No drink? You sure? I'm having one. [starts drinking a glass of whisky]
Loki: What have I to fear?
Tony Stark: The Avengers. It's what we call ourselves, sorta like a team. "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" type thing.
Loki: Yes, I've met them.
Tony Stark: Yeah. Takes us a while to get any traction, I'll give you that one. 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 Stark: Not a great plan. When they come…and they will…they'll come for you.
Loki: I have an army.
Tony Stark: We have a Hulk.
Loki: I thought the beast had wandered off.
Tony Stark: 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 Stark: Performance issues. It's not uncommon, one out of five…
[Infuriated, Loki grabs Tony by the neck and throws him aside]
Tony Starl: [Under his breath] JARVIS, any time now.
Loki: You will kneel before me! [Blasts 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 Stark: And there's one other person you pissed off. His name was Phil. [Blasts Loki]

[Banner begins walking towards an oncoming Leviathan]

Steve Rogers: Dr. Banner! Now might be a good time to get angry.
Bruce Banner: That's my secret, Captain. I'm always angry. [Morphs into the Hulk and punches the Leviathan]

Tony Stark: Call it, Captain.
Steve Rogers: All right, listen up! Until we can close that portal, our priority's 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.
Clint Barton: [to Iron Man] Wanna give me a lift?
Tony Stark: Right. Better clench up, Legolas. [flies Barton to the indicated rooftop]
Steve Rogers: Thor, you gotta try and bottleneck that portal. Slow 'em down. You got the lightning, light the bastards up. [Thor flies off on Mjolnir] You [Natasha] and me, we stay here on the ground, keep the fighting here. And Hulk? [Hulk turns to Captain America]Smash. [Hulk grins and leaps into battle]

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

[Stark gets an unorthodox idea for taking down a Leviathan]
Tony Stark: 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?


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


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