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

  • 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.
  • Phil? His first name is "Agent."
  • [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.
  • [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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sorry kids. You don't get to see my little party trick after all.
  • Puny god.
  • I'm always angry.

Steve Rogers/Captain America

  • 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.

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow

  • 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.

Clint Barton/Hawkeye

  • 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

  • Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on.
  • Ant … boot.
  • The idea was to bring together a group of of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. ... Phil Coulson died still believing in that idea … in heroes.


  • I am Loki of Asgard. And I am burdened with glorious purpose.
  • In the end, you will all kneel before me.
  • Are you ever not going to fall for that? [after using his duplication ability to trick Thor]

Phil Coulson

  • [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

  • [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.

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.

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

[Stark confronts Thor]
Thor: Do not touch me again.
Tony Stark: Then don't take my stuff.

[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]

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.

[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.

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, São 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.

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.

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: 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.

[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]

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.

Loki (groaning in defeat as he sees the assembled Avengers): If it's all the same to you...I'll have that drink now.

Nick Fury: The Tessaract's back where it belongs...out of our reach.
World Council Member: That's not your call, Director.
Nick Fury: I didn't make it. I just didn't argue with the god 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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