Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stellan Skarsgård, Paul Bettany, Alexis Denisof, Tina Benko, Jerzy Skolimowski, Kirill Nikiforov, Powers Boothe, Jenny Agutter, Donald Li, Arthur Darbinyan, Maximilliano Hernandez
OUR RATING: ★★★½
MCU’s superhero action adventure written and directed by Joss Whedon. When a mysterious and unpredictable power source called the Tesseract is stolen by Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from SHIELD agents to rule the entire world, SHIELD’s head, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), gathers earth’s mightiest heroes, the Avengers, made up of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), to stop Loki and his infinite wrath.
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[first lines; Loki has allied with the alien race the Chitauri, in exchange for the Tesseract, they agree to help Loki subjugate Earth]
The Other: [voice over] The Tesseract has awakened. It is on a little world, a human world. They wield its power, but ally is working knows it’s working, so that they never will learn. He’s ready to lead, and our force, our Chitauri will follow. The world will be his and the universe yours. And the humans, what can they do, but burn.
[Nick Fury arrives at a remote research facility during an evacuation]
Nick Fury: How bad is it?
Agent Phil Coulson: That’s the problem, sir. We don’t know.
Agent Phil Coulson: Dr. Selvig read an energy surge from the Tesseract four hour ago.
Nick Fury: NASA didn’t authorize Selvig to test the Tesseract.
Agent Phil Coulson: He wasn’t testing it, he wasn’t even in the room. Spontaneous advancement
Agent Maria Hill: It just turned itself on?
Nick Fury: What are the reading levels now?
Agent Phil Coulson: Climbing. When Selvig couldn’t shut it down, we ordered the evac.
Nick Fury: How long to get everyone out?
Agent Phil Coulson: Campus should be clear in the next half hour.
Nick Fury: Do better.
Agent Maria Hill: Sir, evacuation maybe futile.
Nick Fury: We should tell them to go back to sleep?
Agent Maria Hill: If we can’t control the Tesseract’s energy, there may not be a minimum safe distance.
Nick Fury: I need you to make sure that phase 2 prototypes are shipped out.
Agent Maria Hill: Sir, is that really a priority right now?
Nick Fury: Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on. Clear out the tech below. Every piece of phase 2 on a truck and gone.
Agent Maria Hill: Yes, sir.
[Fury enters the lab facility where the Tesseract is being held]
Nick Fury: Talk to me, doctor.
Nick Fury: Is there anything we know for certain?
Selvig: Tesseract is misbehaving.
Nick Fury: Is that supposed to be funny?
Selvig: No, it’s not funny at all. The Tesseract is not only active, she’s misbehaving.
Nick Fury: How soon until you pull the plug?
Selvig: She’s an energy source. If we turn off the power, she turns it back on. If she reaches peak level…
Nick Fury: We’ve prepared for this, doctor. Harnessing energy from space.
Selvig: We don’t have the harness. Our calculations are far from complete. Now she’s throwing off interference, radiation. Nothing harmful, low levels of gamma radiation.
Nick Fury: That can be harmful.
Nick Fury: Where’s Agent Barton?
[he points behind him]
Selvig: The Hawk? Up in his nest, as usual.
[we see Barton is up on the railings watching them below, Fury calls Barton on his earpiece]
Nick Fury: Agent Barton, report to me.
Nick Fury: I gave you this detail so you could keep a close eye on things.
Clint Barton: Well I see better from a distance.
Nick Fury: Are you seeing anything that might set this thing off?
[to Selvig; referring to the reading from the Tesseract]
NASA Scientist: Doctor, it’s spiking again.
Clint Barton: No one’s come or gone. It’s oven is clean. No contacts, no I.M.’s. If there was any tampering, sir, it wasn’t at this end.
Nick Fury: At this end?
Clint Barton: Yeah, the cube is a doorway to the other end of space, right? The doors open from both sides.
[suddenly the Tesseract is activated and opens a portal through space, from which Loki steps through]
[to Loki after he’s come through the portal]
Nick Fury: Sir, please put down the spear!
[Loki looks at his spear then suddenly points it at where Fury and Barton are standing and shoots out a blue exploding light towards them]
[as Barton tries to kill Loki, Loki grabs Barton’s hand]
Loki: You have heart.
[Loki points the head of his spear at Barton’s hear and uses his ability to control Barton’s mind]
[as Loki is busy using his abilities to control the minds of several S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel, Fury takes the Tesseract and tries to leave the lab]
Loki: Please don’t. I still need that.
Nick Fury: This doesn’t have to get any messier.
Loki: Of course it does. I’ve come too far for anything else. I am Loki of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose.
Selvig: Loki? Brother of Thor?
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…
[he turns to face Selvig who’s standing behind him and places his spear against Selvig’s heart]
Loki: You will know peace.
[he uses his abilities to control Selvig’s mind]
Nick Fury: Yeah, you say peace, I kind of think you mean the other piece.
Clint Barton: Sir, Director Fury is stalling. This place is about to blow. Drop a hundred feet of raw material, he means to bury us.
Nick Fury: Like The Pharaohs of Odin.
Selvig: He’s right, the portal is collapsing in on itself. You got maybe two minutes before this goes critical.
[Loki commands Barton]
Loki: Drop him.
[Barton shoot at Fury who falls to the ground, Barton grabs the case containing the Tesseract and leaves the lab with Loki, Selvig and the other S.H.I.E.L.D personnel Loki is controlling]
[Loki, Barton, Selvig and the other S.H.I.E.L.D personnel are in the parking lot of the facility]
Clint Barton: Need these vehicles.
[referring to Loki]
Agent Maria Hill: Who’s that?
Clint Barton: He didn’t tell me.
[Hill looks suspiciously at them as they get into the truck and turns to leave, as she’s walking away Fury shouts through the walkie talkie]
Nick Fury: Hill, do you copy? Barton is…
[suddenly Hill turns to shoot at Barton but Barton is already pointing his gun at her and starts shooting, he moves the drivers seat of the truck and drives off as Hill keeps shooting]
Nick Fury: He’s got the Tesseract! Track it down!
[Hill gets into a truck and follows after Barton’s truck]
[after the research facility has collapsed, Fury and Hill try to chase after Loki but fail to catch him escaping with the briefcase containing the Tesseract; talking through their walkie talkie’s]
Agent Phil Coulson: Director? Director Fury, do you copy?
Nick Fury: The Tesseract is with the hostile force. I have men down. Hill?
Agent Maria Hill:A lot of men still under, don’t know how many survivors.
Nick Fury: Sound the general call, I want every living soul not needing rescue looking for that briefcase.
Agent Maria Hill: Roger that.
Nick Fury: Coulson, get back to base. This is a level seven. As of right now, we are at war.
Agent Phil Coulson: What do we do?
[Coulson calls as Natasha’s being interrogated by Luchkov and his thugs]
Agent Phil Coulson: Put the woman on the phone, or I will blow up the block before you can make the lobby.
[Luchkov places the cell phone against Natasha’s ear as she’s tied to a chair with her hands tied behind her back]
Agent Phil Coulson: We need you to come in.
Natasha Romanoff: Are you kidding? I’m working!
Agent Phil Coulson: This takes precedence.
Natasha Romanoff: I’m in the middle of an interrogation and this moron is giving me everything.
Georgi Luchkov: I don’t give everything.
[Natasha gives him a look]
Natasha Romanoff: Look, you can’t pull me out of this right now.
Agent Phil Coulson: Natasha, Barton’s been compromised.
Natasha Romanoff: Let me put you on hold.
[as Luchkov comes to take the phone off her she hits him with her leg and starts attacking the other thugs, she frees herself from the chair, knocks everyone out, picks up the phone as Coulson is still waiting on the line]
Natasha Romanoff: Where’s Barton now?
Agent Phil Coulson: We don’t know.
Natasha Romanoff: But he’s alive.
Agent Phil Coulson: We think so. I’ll brief you on everything when you get back. But first, we need you to talk to the big guy.
Natasha Romanoff: Coulson, you know that Stark trusts me about as far as he can throw me.
Agent Phil Coulson: No, I’ve got Stark. You get the big guy.
[in India, after getting lured in by a little girl to a remote location help her sick father and sees that the little girl running away as soon as she’s brought him to an isolated building]
Bruce Banner: Should have got paid up front, Banner.
[Natasha comes up behind him]
Natasha Romanoff: You know, for a man who’s supposed to be avoiding stress, you picked a hell of a place to settle.
Bruce Banner: Avoiding stress isn’t the secret.
Natasha Romanoff: Then what is it? Yoga?
Bruce Banner: You brought me to the edge of the city, smart. I, uh, assume the whole place is surrounded?
Natasha Romanoff: Just you and me.
Bruce Banner: And your actress buddy, is she a spy too? Do they start that young?
Natasha Romanoff: I did.
Bruce Banner: Who are you?
Natasha Romanoff: Natasha Romanoff.
Bruce Banner: Are you here to kill me, Miss Romanoff? Because that’s not going to work out for everyone.
Natasha Romanoff: No. No. Of course not. I’m here on behalf of SHIELD.
Bruce Banner: SHIELD. How did they find me?
Natasha Romanoff: We never lost you, doctor. We’ve kept our distance, even helped keep some other interested parties off your scent.
Bruce Banner: Why?
Natasha Romanoff: Nick Fury seems to trust you. But now I need you to come in.
Bruce Banner: What if I say no?
Natasha Romanoff: I’ll persuade you.
Bruce Banner: And what if the other guy says no?
Natasha Romanoff: You’ve been more than a year without an incident. I don’t think you want to break that streak.
Bruce Banner: I don’t get every time what I want.
Natasha Romanoff: Doctor, we’re facing a potential global catastrophe.
Bruce Banner: Well, those I actively try to avoid.
Natasha Romanoff: This is the Tesseract.
[she shows him a photo of the Tesseract on her cell phone]
Natasha Romanoff: It has the potential energy to wipe out the planet.
Bruce Banner: What does Fury want me to do? Swallow it?
Natasha Romanoff: Well, he wants you to find it. It’s been taken. It omits a gamma signature that’s too weak for us to trace. There’s no one that knows gamma radiation like you do. If there was, that’s where I’d be.
Bruce Banner: So Fury isn’t after the monster?
Natasha Romanoff: Not that he’s told me.
Bruce Banner: And he tells you everything?
Natasha Romanoff: Talk to Fury, he needs you on this.
Bruce Banner: He needs me in a cage?
Natasha Romanoff: No one’s going to put you in a…
[suddenly Banner gets angry and snaps]
Bruce Banner: Stop lying to me!
[Natasha quickly grab her gun and points it at Banner]
Bruce Banner: I’m sorry, that was mean. I just wanted to see what you’d do. Why don’t we do this the easy way, where you don’t use that, and the other guy doesn’t make a mess? Okay?
[Natasha, still wary, doesn’t lower her gun]
Bruce Banner: Natasha
[she lowers her gun and speaks into her earpiece to the SHIELD agents who are surrounding the building outside]
Natasha Romanoff: Stand down. We’re good here.
[Banner looks at Natasha in amusement]
Bruce Banner: Just you and me?
[Fury is facing several large monitors as he as a conference with the world security council]
World Security Council #1: This is out of line, Director. You’re dealing with forces you can’t control.
Nick Fury: You ever been in a war, Councilman? In a firefight? Did you feel an over abundance of control?
World Security Council #1: You saying that this Asgard has declared war on our planet?
Nick Fury: Not Asgard. Loki.
World Security Council #2: He can’t be working alone. What about the other one? His brother.
Nick Fury: Our intelligence says, Thor is not a hostile. But he’s worlds away, we can’t depend on him to help either. It’s up to us.
World Security Council #1: Which is why you should be focusing on phase 2, it was designed for exactly…
Nick Fury: Phase 2 isn’t ready, our enemy is. We need a response team.
World Security Council #1: The Avengers Initiative was shut down.
Nick Fury: This isn’t about The Avengers.
World Security Council #1: We’re running the world’s greatest covert security network and you’re going to leave the fate of human race to a handful of freaks.
Nick Fury: I’m not leaving anything to anyone. We need a response team. These people may be isolated, unbalanced even, but I believe with the right push they can be exactly what we need.
World Security Council #2: You believe?
World Security Council #1: War isn’t won by sentiment, Director.
Nick Fury: No, it’s won by soldiers.
[Steve is pummeling a punching bag in a gym, as he remembers how he ended up getting frozen in the ocean, he becomes angry and knocks the punching bag off it’s chain, as he picks up another, Fury walks in]
Nick Fury: Trouble sleeping?
Steve Rogers: I slept for seventy years, sir. I think I’ve had my fill.
Nick Fury: Then you should be out, celebrating, seeing the world.
Steve Rogers: I went under, the world was at war, I wake up, they say we won. They didn’t say what we lost.
Nick Fury: We’ve made some mistakes along the way. Some very recently.
Steve Rogers: You here with a mission, sir?
Nick Fury: I am.
Steve Rogers: Trying to get me back in the world?
Nick Fury: Trying to save it.
[Fury gives Steve the file on Tesseract to look at]
Steve Rogers: Hydra’s secret weapon.
Nick Fury: Howard Stark fished that out of the ocean when he was looking for you. He thought what we think, the Tesseract could be the key to unlimited sustainable energy. That’s something the world sorely needs.
Steve Rogers: Who took it from you?
Nick Fury: He’s called Loki. He’s not from around here. There’s a lot we’ll have to bring you up to speed on if you’re in. The world has gotten even stranger than you already know.
Steve Rogers: At this point, I doubt anything would surprise me.
Nick Fury: Ten bucks says you’re wrong.
[Steve turns and picks up a punching bag]
Nick Fury: There’s a debriefing package waiting for you back at your apartment.
[with the punching bag on his shoulder, Steve starts walking out of the gym]
Nick Fury: Is there anything you can tell us about the Tesseract that we ought to know now?
Steve Rogers: You should have left it in the ocean.
[Stark in his Iron Man suit is working on getting his energy line to work]
Tony Stark: You’re good to go on this end. The rest is up to you.
Pepper Potts: You disconnected the transition lines? Are we off the grid?
Tony Stark: Stark Towers is about to become a beacon of of self sustaining clean energy.
Pepper Potts: Wow, so maybe our reactor takes over and it actually works?
Tony Stark: I assume. Light her up.
[as Stark is flying in his suit, we see a large skyscraper building with the name STARK lit up in lights]
Pepper Potts: How does it look?
Tony Stark: Like Christmas, but with more me.
Pepper Potts: got to go wider on the public awareness campaign. You need to do some press. I can do some more tomorrow, I’m working on the zoning for the next billboards.
Tony Stark: Pepper, you’re killing me. Remember? Enjoy the moment.
[as Stark arrives at his skyscraper penthouse and is in the process of taking off his Iron Man suit]
Jarvis: Sir, Agent Coulson of SHIELD is on the line.
Tony Stark: I’m not in. I’m actually out.
Jarvis: Sir, I’m afraid he’s insisting.
Tony Stark: Close the line Jarvis. I got a date.
Pepper Potts: Levels are holding steady, I think.
Tony Stark: Of course they are, I was directly involved. Which brings me to my next question. How does it feel to be a genius?
Pepper Potts: Well, ha, I really wouldn’t know now, would I?
Tony Stark: What do you mean? All this, came from you.
Pepper Potts: No. All this, came from that.
[she points to the energy in his chest plate]
Tony Stark: Give yourself some credit, please. Stark Tower is your baby. Give yourself twelve percent of the credit.
Pepper Potts: Twelve percent?
Tony Stark: An argument can be made for fifteen.
Pepper Potts: Twelve percent for my baby?
Tony Stark: Well, I did do all the heavy lifting. Literally, I lifted the heavy things. And sorry, but the security snafu? That was on you.
Pepper Potts: Oooooh!
Tony Stark: My private elevator.
Pepper Potts: You mean our elevator?
Tony Stark: It was teeming with sweaty workmen. I’m going to pay for that comment about percentages in some subtle way later on, aren’t I?
Pepper Potts: Not going to be that subtle.
Tony Stark: I’ll tell you what. Next building is going to say ‘Potts’ on the tower.
Pepper Potts: On the lease.
Tony Stark: Call your mom, can you bunk over?
[as Stark and Pepper are celebrating the lighting up of Stark’s Tower]
Jarvis: Sir, the telephone. I’m afraid my protocol’s are being overwritten.
[Coulson’s voice can be heard through Stark’s phone]
Agent Phil Coulson: Stark, we need to talk.
[Stark picks up his phone and looks into it at Coulson]
Tony Stark: You have reached the life model decoy of Tony Stark, please leave a message.
Agent Phil Coulson: This is urgent.
Tony Stark: Then leave it urgently.
[at that moment the elevator door opens and Coulson appears]
Tony Stark: Security breach.
Tony Stark: That’s on you.
Agent Phil Coulson: Mr. Stark.
Pepper Potts: Phil! Come in.
Tony Stark: Phil?
Agent Phil Coulson: I can’t stay.
Tony Stark: Uh, his first name is Agent.
Pepper Potts: Come on in, we’re celebrating.
Tony Stark: Which is why he can’t stay.
Agent Phil Coulson: We need you to look this over.
[he holds out a file towards Stark]
Agent Phil Coulson: Soon as possible.
Tony Stark: I don’t like being handed things.
Pepper Potts: That’s alright, cause I love to be handed things. So, let’s trade.
[she passes her glass of champagne to Coulson and takes the file from him, then takes her champagne glass back from Coulson and passes the file over to Stark]
Pepper Potts: Thank you.
Tony Stark: Official consulting hours are between eight and five every other Thursday.
Agent Phil Coulson: This isn’t a consultation.
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.
Pepper Potts: I didn’t know that either.
Tony Stark: Yeah, apparently I’m volatile, self obsessed, don’t play well with others.
Pepper Potts: That I did know.
Agent Phil Coulson: This isn’t about personality profiles anymore.
Tony Stark: Whatever. Miss Potts, got a minute?
Tony Stark: You know, I thought we were having a moment.
Pepper Potts: I was having twelve percent of a moment. This seems serious, Phil’s pretty shaken.
Tony Stark: How did you notice? Why is he Phil?
[referring to the file Coulson had given to Stark]
Pepper Potts: What is all this?
Tony Stark: This is, uh…
[with a flick of his hand he spreads all the profiles of the other Avengers on to the different computer screens]
Tony Stark: This.
[Pepper looks at all their profiles in awe]
Pepper Potts: I’m going to take the jet to D.C. tonight.
Tony Stark: Tomorrow.
Pepper Potts: You have homework. You have a lot of homework.
Tony Stark: Well, what if I didn’t?
Pepper Potts: If you didn’t?
Tony Stark: Yeah.
Pepper Potts: You mean if you finished?
[Stark nods his head]
Pepper Potts: Well, um, then
[she whispers something in his ear and Coulson looks away in embarrassment]
Tony Stark: Square deal. It’s the last date.
[Pepper kisses him]
Pepper Potts: Work hard.
[looking at the Banner’s file]
Steve Rogers: So this Dr. Banner was trying to replicate the serum that was used on me?
Agent Phil Coulson: A lot of people were. You were the world’s first superhero. Banner thought gammer radiation might hold the key to unlocking Erskine’s original formula.
Steve Rogers: Didn’t really go his way, did it?
Agent Phil Coulson: Not so much. When he’s got that thing though, guy’s like a Stephen Hawking.
[Steve looks at Coulson in confusion]
Agent Phil Coulson: He’s like a smart person.
Agent Phil Coulson: I got to say, it’s an honor to meet you, officially. I sort of met you, I mean, I watched you while you were sleeping.
[Steve looks at Coulson in amusement]
Agent Phil Coulson: I mean, I was, I was present while you were unconscious from the ice. You know, it’s really, it’s just a, just a huge honor to have you on board.
Steve Rogers: Well, I hope I’m the man for the job.
Agent Phil Coulson: Oh, you are. Absolutely. Uh, we’ve made some modifications to the uniform. I had a little design input.
Steve Rogers: The uniform? Aren’t the stars and stripes a little old fashioned?
Agent Phil Coulson: With everything that’s happening, the things that are about to come to light, people might just need a little old fashioned.
The Other: The Chitauri grow restless.
Loki: Let them grow restless. I will lead them in the glorious battle.
The Other: Battle? Against a meagre might of earth?
Loki: Glorious, not lengthy. If your force is as formidable as you claim.
The Other: You question us? Question him? He who put the scepter in your hand? Who gave you ancient knowledge and new purpose? When you were cast out, defeated!
Loki: I was a king! The rightful king of Asgard. Betrayed.
The Other: Your ambition is little and full of childish need. We’re beyond the earth to greater worlds. The Tesseract will avail.
Loki: You don’t have the Tesseract yet.
[suddenly The Other moves towards Loki]
Loki: I don’t threaten. But until I open the doors, until your force is mine to command, you are but words.
The Other: If you fail, if the Tesseract is kept from us, there will be no realm, no barren moon, no crevasse where I can’t find you. You think you know pain? He will make you long for that so sweet as pain.
[after Coulson brings Steve to the Helicarrier, which is a high-tech, flying aircraft carrier]
Natasha Romanoff: There was quite the buzz around here, finding you in the ice. I thought Coulson was going to swoon. Did he ask you to sign his Captain America trading cards yet?
Steve Rogers: Trading cards?
Natasha Romanoff: They’re vintage, he’s very proud.
Steve Rogers: Dr. Banner.
[Banner shakes hands with Steve]
Bruce Banner: Oh, yeah. Hi. They told me you’d be coming.
Steve Rogers: Word is you can find the cube.
Bruce Banner: Is that the only word on me?
Steve Rogers: Only word I care about.
Bruce Banner: Must be strange for you, all of this.
Steve Rogers: Well, this is actually kind of familiar.
Natasha Romanoff: Gentlemen, you may want to step inside in a minute. It’s going to get a little hard to breath.
[suddenly the Helicarrier starts shaking as it prepares to fly]
Steve Rogers: Is this is a submarine?
Bruce Banner: Really? They wanted me in a submerged pressurized metal container?
[they both move closer to the edge of the Helicarrier and watch in awe as it starts to lift into the air]
Bruce Banner: Oh, no. This is much worse.
[to Steve and Banner after they watch in awe as the Helicarrier takes off and off]
Nick Fury: Gentlemen.
[Steve gives Fury 10 bucks, referring to his earlier statement about never being surprised again]
Nick Fury: Doctor, thank you for coming.
Bruce Banner: Thanks for asking nicely. So, uh, how long am I staying?
Nick Fury: Once we get our hands on the Tesseract, you’re in the clear.
Bruce Banner: Where are you with that?
[Fury points to Coulson to explain]
Agent Phil Coulson: We’re sweeping every wirelessly accessible camera on the planet. Cell phones, laptops. If it’s connected to a satellite, it’s eyes and ears for us.
Natasha Romanoff: That’s still not going to find them in time.
Bruce Banner: You have to narrow the field. How many spectrometers do you have access to?
Nick Fury: How many are there?
Bruce Banner: Call every lab you know, tell them to put the spectrometers on the roof and calibrate them for gamma rays. I’ll rough out a tracking algorithm based on cluster recognition. At least we could rule out a few places. Do you have somewhere for me to work?
Nick Fury: Agent Romanoff, would you show Dr. Banner to his laboratory, please.
Natasha Romanoff: You’re going to love it, Doc. We got all the toys.
[still under Loki’s mind control, Selvig and Barton are working on the Tesseract in some remote laboratory]
Selvig: Where did you find all these people?
Clint Barton: SHIELD has not shortage of enemies, Doctor.
[he holds up a screen showing information in Iridium]
Clint Barton: Is this the stuff you need?
Selvig: Yeah, Iridium. It’s found in meteorites, it forms anti-protons. It’s very hard to get hold of.
Clint Barton: Specially if SHIELD knows you need it.
Selvig: Well, I didn’t know!
Selvig: The Tesseract is showing me so much. It’s more than knowledge, it’s truth.
Loki: I know. What did it show you, Agent Barton?
Clint Barton: My next target.
Loki: Tell me what you need.
[Barton gets his bow]
Clint Barton: I need a distraction. And an eyeball.
[as they are waiting to locate Loki using satellite facial recognition]
Agent Phil Coulson: I mean, if it’s not too much trouble.
Steve Rogers: No, no. It’s fine.
Agent Phil Coulson: It’s a vintage set. It took me a couple of years to collect them all. Near mint, slight foxing around the edges, but…
Agent Jasper Sitwell: We got a hit. Sixty seven percent match. Weight, cross match, seventy nine percent.
Agent Phil Coulson: Location?
Agent Jasper Sitwell: Stuttgart, Germany. 28, Konigstrasse. He’s not exactly hiding.
Nick Fury: Captain, you’re up.
[after Loki and Barton break into the gala and steal some iridium, Loki then dons his gold armor and helmet and addresses at the frightened crowd]
Loki: Kneel before me.
[the crowd ignores him and are running around]
Loki: I said. Kneel!
[everyone becomes quite and kneels before him]
Loki: Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s 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.
[the crowd appears terrified by his ability to appear and disappear, but one old man refuses to kneel and rises]
German Old Man: Not to men like you.
Loki: There are no men like me.
German Old Man: There are always men like you.
Loki: Look to your elder, people. Let him be an example.
[Loki is about to execute him with his scepter when Steve intervenes, in full Captain America uniform]
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.
[suddenly Natasha appears in one of SHIELDS aircrafts and points a machine gun towards him]
Natasha Romanoff: Loki, drop the weapon and stand down.
[suddenly Loki attacks Steve and blasts him with his scepter and knocks him down]
Steve Rogers: Not today!
[Steve flips and knocks him out with his leg]
[to herself as she’s watching Steve and Loki fight from her aircraft]
Natasha Romanoff: The guy’s all over the place.
[suddenly she hears Stark’s voice]
Tony Stark: Agent Romanoff, did you miss me?
[Tony Stark flies over in his Iron Man suit and blasts Loki right back]
Tony Stark: Make your move, Reindeer Games.
[Loki puts up his hands and surrenders]
Tony Stark: Good move.
Steve Rogers: Mr. Stark.
Tony Stark: Captain.
[Stark, Steve and Natasha are taking Loki, who’s sitting subdued, back to the Helicarrier in the jet]
Steve Rogers: I don’t like it.
Tony Stark: What? Rock of Ages giving up so easily?
Steve Rogers: I don’t remember it being that easy. This guy packs a wallop.
Tony Stark: Still, you were pretty spry, for an older fellow. What’s your thing? Pilates?
Steve Rogers: What?
Tony Stark: It’s like calisthenics. You might have missed a couple things, you know, doing time as a Capsicle.
Steve Rogers: Fury didn’t tell me he was calling you in.
Tony Stark: Yeah, there’s a lot of things Fury doesn’t tell you.
[as thunder and lightning starts to shake the jet]
Natasha Romanoff: Where’s this coming from?
[Steve looks over at Loki who looks worried]
Steve Rogers: What’s the matter? Scared of a little lightning?
Loki: I’m not overly fond of what follows.
[suddenly Thor lands in the jet, smashes into the jet and steals Loki]
Tony Stark: Now there’s that guy.
Natasha Romanoff: Another Asgardian?
Steve Rogers: Think the guy’s a friendly?
Tony Stark: Doesn’t matter. If he frees Loki or kills him, the Tesseract’s lost.
[Stark turns and gets ready to jump off the jet to chase after Thor]
Steve Rogers: Stark we need a plan of attack!
Tony Stark: I have a plan. Attack.
[suddenly Stark jumps out of the jet and chases after Thor, Steve grabs a parachute to follow]
Natasha Romanoff: I’d sit this one out, Cap.
Steve Rogers: I don’t see how I can.
Natasha Romanoff: These guys come from legends, they’re basically Gods.
Steve Rogers: There’s only one God, ma’am. And I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.
[Steve jumps out of the jet to follow Stark chase after Thor and Loki]
[as Thor lands on the ground with Loki]
Thor: Where’s the Tesseract?
Loki: I missed you too.
Thor: Do I look to be in a gaming mood?
Loki: Oh, you should thank me. With the Bifrost gone, how much dark energy did the All-Father have to muster to conjure you here? Your precious earth.
[Thor drops his hammer and grabs hold of Loki]
Thor: I though 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: And you’re doing a marvelous job with that. The humans slaughter each other in droves, while you ideally threat. I mean to rule them. That’s why should I not…
Thor: 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, Odin’s son, 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! You come home.
Loki: I don’t have it.
[angry at Loki’s answer, Thor summons his hammer]
Loki: You need the cube to bring me home, but I’ve sent it off. I know not where.
Thor: You listen well, brother.
[suddenly Stark slams into Thor and takes him off leaving Loki standing alone]
Loki: I’m listening!
[after Stark has taken Thor they land in the middle of the woods]
Thor: Do not touch me again.
Tony Stark: Then don’t take my stuff.
Thor: You have no idea what you’re dealing with.
[making fun of Thor]
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 and he’s all yours. Until then, stay out of the way. Tourist!
[suddenly Thor throws his hammer at Stark knocking him down and they start fighting each other]
[Stark and Thor are battling it out in the woods when suddenly Steve interrupts them]
Steve Rogers: Hey! That’s enough!
Steve Rogers: Now, I don’t know what you plan on doing here.
Thor: I’ve come here to put and end to Loki’s schemes!
Steve Rogers: Then prove it. Put that hammer down.
Tony Stark: Uh, yep! No! Bad call! He loves his hammer!
[suddenly Thor hits Stark aside with his hammer, knocking him out]
Thor: You want me to put the hammer down?
[Thor tries to strike Steve with his hammer but Steve uses his shield to protect himself and Thor gets knocked down; finally Stark, Steve and Thor pick themselves up of the ground and face each other]
Steve Rogers: Are we done here?
[after Loki is brought to the Helicarrier, he is contained in a glass cell]
Nick Fury: In case it’s unclear, you try to escape, you so much as scratch that glass.
[Fury presses a button which opens up a huge whole in the middle of Loki’s cell]
Nick Fury: Thirty thousand feet, straight down in a steel trap. You get how that works?
[Fury points at Loki]
Nick Fury: Ant.
[then he points at the button which would drop Loki into the steel trap]
Nick Fury: Boot.
Loki: It’s an impressive cage. Not built, I think, for me.
Nick Fury: Built for something a lot stronger than you.
Loki: Oh, I’ve heard.
[Loki looks into the camera through which Banner and the others are watching the interrogation on the monitor]
Loki: The mindless beast, makes play to be the man.
[the others watch on the monitor Loki getting interrogated]
Loki: How desperate are you? You call on these 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 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: Yeah, well, you let me know if Real Power wants a magazine or something.
[Fury walks off leaving Loki in his glass cell]
[after watching Loki getting interrogated by Fury]
Bruce Banner: He really grows on you, doesn’t he?
Steve Rogers: Loki’s going to drag this out. So, Thor, what’s his play?
Thor: He has an army called the Chitauri, that none of Asgard nor any world know. He means to lead them against your people. They will win him the earth. Return, I suspect, for the Tesseract.
Steve Rogers: An army, from outer space.
Bruce Banner: So he’s building another portal. That’s what he needs Erik Selvig for.
Bruce 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 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 could smell crazy on him.
Thor: I don’t care how you speak. Loki is beyond reason, but he is of Asgard, and he’s my brother.
Natasha Romanoff: He killed eighty people in two days.
Thor: He’s adopted.
Bruce Banner: Iridium, what did they need the Iridium for?
[Stark walks in with Coulson where everyone is gathered discussing Loki]
Tony Stark: It’s a stabilizing agent.
[Stark says something quietly to Coulson]
Tony Stark: Means the portal won’t collapse on itself, like it did at SHIELD.
Tony Stark: No hard feelings Point Break, you’ve got a mean swing.
[referring to the Iridium]
Tony Stark: Also, it means the portal can open as wide, and stay open as long, as Loki wants.
[after asking one of the Carrier BridgeTechs to raise the monitors]
Tony Stark: That man is playing gallaga!
[Steve looks at Stark in confusion]
Tony Stark: Thought we wouldn’t notice, but we did.
[Stark looks at one of the computer monitors in front of him and covers one eye]
Tony Stark: How does Fury even see these?
Agent Maria Hill: He turns.
Tony Stark: Sounds exhausting.
Tony Stark: The rest of the raw materials, Agent Barton can get his hands on pretty easily. Only major component he still needs is a power source. A high energy density, something to kick start the cube.
Agent Maria Hill: When did you become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics?
Tony Stark: Last night. The packet, Selvig’s notes, the Extraction Theory papers. Am I the only one who did the reading?
Steve Rogers: Does Loki need any particular kind of power source?
Bruce Banner: He got to heat the cube to a hundred and twenty million Kelvin just to break through the Coulomb barrier.
Tony Stark: Unless, Selvig has figured out how to stabilize the quantum tunnelling effect.
Bruce Banner: Well, if he could do that he could achieve Heavy Ion Fusion at any reactor on the planet.
Tony Stark: Finally, someone who speaks English.
Steve Rogers: Is that what just happened?
Tony Stark: It’s good to meet you, Dr. Banner. You’re 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.
Bruce Banner: Thanks.
Nick Fury: Dr. Banner is only here to track the cube. I was hoping you might join him.
Steve Rogers: Let’s start with that stick of his. It may be magical, but it works an awful lot like a Hydra weapon.
Nick Fury: I don’t know about that, but it is powered by the cube. And 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 Rogers: I do! I understood that reference.
Bruce Banner: The gamma readings are definitely consistent with Selvig’s reports on the Tesseract. But it’s going to take weeks to process.
Tony Stark: If we bypass their mainframe and direct a reroute to the Homer cluster, we can clock this around six hundred teraflops.
Bruce Banner: All I packed was a tooth brush.
Tony Stark: You know, you should come by Stark Towers sometime. Top ten floors, all R and D. You’d love it, it’s candy land.
Bruce Banner: Thanks, but the last time I was in New York I kind of broke Harlem.
Tony Stark: Well, I promise a stress free environment. No tension. No surprises.
[suddenly he pokes Banner with an electrical shock device]
Bruce Banner: Ow!
[Stark looks at Banner closely]
Tony Stark: Nothing?
[Steve walks in on them]
Steve Rogers: Hey! Are you nuts?
Tony Stark: You really have got a lid on it, haven’t you? 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: Threatening the safety of everyone on this ship isn’t funny. No offense, doctor.
Bruce Banner: No, it..it’s alright. I wouldn’t have come aboard if I couldn’t handle pointy things.
Tony Stark: You’re tiptoeing, big man. You need to strut.
Steve Rogers: And you need to focus on the problem, Mr. Stark.
Tony Stark: You think I’m not? Why did Fury call us and why now? Why not before? What isn’t he telling us. I can’t do the equation unless I have all the variables.
Steve Rogers: You think Fury’s hiding something?
Tony Stark: He’s a spy. Captain, he’s the spy. His secrets have secrets.
[points to Banner]
Tony Stark: It’s bugging him too, isn’t it?
Bruce Banner: Uh, I just want to finish my work here and…
Steve Rogers: Doctor?
Bruce Banner: ‘A warm light for all mankind to share’, Loki’s jab at Fury about the cube.
Steve Rogers: I heard it.
[pointing at Stark]
Bruce Banner: Well, I think that was meant for you. Even if Barton didn’t post that all over the news.
Steve Rogers: The Stark Tower? That big ugly building in New York?
[Stark gives him a look]
Bruce Banner: It’s powered by Stark Reactors, self sustaining energy source. That building will run itself for what, a year?
Tony Stark: That’s just the prototype. I’m kind of the only name in clean energy right now.
[referring to Stark]
Bruce Banner: So why didn’t SHIELD bring him in on the Tesseract project? I mean, What are they doing in the energy business in the first place?
Tony Stark: I should probably look into that once my decryption programme finishes breaking into all of SHIELD’s secure files.
Steve Rogers: I’m sorry, did you say…?
Tony Stark: Jarvis has been running it since I hit the bridge. In a few hours we’ll know every dirty secret SHIELD has ever tried to hide.
[points the bag of blueberry’s in his hand towards Steve]
Tony Stark: Blueberry?
Steve Rogers: Yet you’re confused about why they didn’t want you around?
Tony Stark: An intelligence organization that fears intelligence? Historically not possible.
Steve Rogers: I think Loki’s trying to wind us up. This is a man who means to start a war, and if don’t stay focused, he’ll succeed. We have orders, we should follow them.
Tony Stark: Following is 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?
Bruce Banner: Steve, tell me none of this smells a little funky to you?
Steve Rogers: Just find the cube.
[looking angry, Steve walks out of the lab]
[referring to Steve]
Tony Stark: That’s the guy my dad never shut up about? Wondering if they shouldn’t have kept him on ice.
Bruce Banner: The guy’s not wrong about Loki, he does have the jump on us.
Tony Stark: What he’s got is an ACME dynamite kit. It’s going to blow up in his face, and I’m going to be there when it does.
Bruce Banner: And I’ll read all about it.
Tony Stark: Uh-huh. Or you’ll be suiting up like the rest of us.
Bruce Banner: Ah, see. I don’t get a suit of armor. I’m exposed, like a nerve. It’s a nightmare.
Tony Stark: You know, I’ve got a cluster of shrapnel, trying every second to crawl its way into my heart.
[pointing to the energy in his chest plate]
Tony Stark: This stops it. This little circle of light. It’s part of me now, not just armor. It’s a terrible privilege.
Bruce Banner: But you can control it.
Tony Stark: Because I learned how.
Bruce Banner: It’s different.
Tony Stark: Hey, I’ve read all about your accident. That much gammer exposure should have killed you.
Bruce Banner: So you’re saying that the Hulk, the other guy, saved my life? That’s nice. It’s a nice sentiment. Save it for what?
Tony Stark: I guess we’ll find out.
Bruce Banner: You may not enjoy that.
Tony Stark: You just might.
Agent Phil Coulson: As soon as Loki took the doctor we moved Jane Foster. We’ve got an excellent observatory in Traunsee. She was asked to consult there very suddenly yesterday. Handsome fee, private plane, very remote. She’ll be safe.
Thor: Thank you. It’s no accident Loki taking Erik Selvig. I dread what he plans for him once he’s done. Erik is a good man.
Agent Phil Coulson: He talks about you a lot. You changed his life. You changed everything around here.
Thor: They were better as they were. We pretend on Asgard that we’re more advanced, but we, we come here battling like Bilchsteim.
Agent Phil Coulson: Like what?
Thor: Bilchsteim. You know; huge, scaly, big antlers. You don’t have those?
Agent Phil Coulson: Don’t think so.
Thor: They are repulsive, and they trample everything in their path.
Thor: When I first came to earth, Loki’s rage followed me here and your people paid the price. And now again. In my youth I courted war.
Nick Fury: War hasn’t started yet. You think you can make Loki tell us what the Tesseract is?
Thor: I do not know. Loki’s mind is far afield, it’s not just power he craves, it’s vengeance upon me. There’s no pain that would prise his need from him.
Nick Fury: A lot of guys think that, until the pain stops.
Thor: What are you asking me to do?
Nick Fury: I’m asking, what are you prepared to do?
Thor: Loki is a prisoner.
Nick Fury: Then why do I feel like he’s the only person on this boat that wants to be here?