The Avengers (2012) – Complete Annotations


Fury explains the Avengers Initiative.

Thor finds his hammer in a field. It’s actually the field behind the Space Power Facility, that doubled as the SHIELD base at the beginning of the film.

Then Banner wakes up in a warehouse. It’s the Santa Fe Railyard – same location as the Kolkata set.

With him is a security guard, played by Harry Dean Stanton. He’s had dozens of great roles, from Paris Texas to Alien.

There was a deleted scene with more of his character. Whedon’s first draft had this scene run for 12 pages/minutes.

Back on the Helicarrier, Black Widow tries to break Hawkeye out of Loki’s control. The Infinity Mind Gem (which is what Loki‘s sceptre is supposed to be) is just defeated by a bit of detoxing.


Stark and Rogers discuss Coulson, and come up with a plan.

Selvig turns out to be on top of Stark tower.

The team assembles. Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow prepare for a fight. Thor picks up his hammer.

Iron Man arrives at Stark Tower first and confronts Selvig.

After Iron Man blasts the Tesseract device (and fails), we see people on a street café. That café played a significant role in a Captain America storyline that was ultimately deleted.

Then Stark, out of armour, faces Loki alone.


Stark mentions ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’. That’s the tagline to the Avengers comics for many decades.

Stark does the headcount.

Loki attacks Stark.

And then we see the Iron Man armour Mark 7.

Iron Man Mark 7 in The Avengers (2012)
Iron Man Mark 7 in The Avengers (2012)

The Tesseract shoots a blue beam in the sky. This would go on to be an overused cliché.

And the Chitauri attack.

And we’re into the big fight – the battle of New York. Except it is various locations in Albuquerque and Cleveland, with CGI.

We see a waitress escape the battle. She is played by Ashley Johnson.

She played a bigger role in a subplot with Captain America that was deleted. Unnamed here, in the Lego Avengers, her name would be revealed to be Beth.

Thor arrives next.

 There was an extended version of this scene, featuring Loki and The Other.

The Quinjet arrives.


 The Quinjet is shot down. Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye take to the streets. They are at about 101 Park Avenue, New York.

A friggin massive Chitauri creature arrives. They are called Leviathans.

Loki escapes from Thor.

Black Widow mentions another previous mission – Budapest.

 Cap gets help from two cops. The older one is played by Robert Clohessy.

 This main street we keep returning to is actually Cleveland’s East 9th Street.

 The younger one is played by Enver Gjokaj. He appeared in Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse and would play another role in the MCU – series regular Daniel Sousa in Agent Carter.

 He had a small scene that was cut that included Cap and the waitress.


Thor arrives. Followed by the Banner. He Hulks out and takes out one of the Leviathans.

We get our big hero shot of the entire team. Cap shows himself to be leader, and calls the play.

 Iron Man calls Hawkeye ‘Legolas’, the elf archer from The Lord Of The Rings. Let’s call this a book reference, shall we?

The Avengers cause a lot of destruction.

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