“The Avengers” Spoiler Reference Guide *UPDATED*


Now that “The Avengers” has blasted it’s way into theaters (and made more money than everyone else), it’s time I make a guide that points out most of the in-movie references as well as plot points that may show up in the sequels for Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor.

Ready for a spoiler-filled journey? Click below if you dare (but remember, it’s on you if I spoiled it)!

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[UPDATE 05/06/12: I went to a second screening of "Avengers" and now I have more concise and clearer details of certain events and plotpoints that I missed the first time!]

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[Be aware that I may not be correct on some of the theories, but I will try to come close.]

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–IRON MAN 3 PLOTPOINTS?
For Tony Stark’s intro, he is seen underwater using his laserbeams to cut up a waterpipe. He later makes reference that he is trying to find ways to use “renewable energy” to power up the Stark Building. This may soon show up as a plot point in IM3.

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–IRON MAN & THE HULK AS BFF’S?
Through the second act of the movie, Stark and Dr. Bruce Banner are seen giving scientific exchanges and becoming good friends. After saving New York, Dr. Banner and Stark are seen driving away in his car (possibly to continue work on the Stark Building that was partially destroyed by the Tesseract).

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–THE MARK 7 ARMOR
Just before Stark meets with Loki for a chat, he makes reference to “Mark 7″. The Mark 7 is Stark’s latest version of his armor that comes in a flying rocket form (activated by energy wristbands), in comparison to “Iron Man 2″ where his Mark 3 armor was inside a small briefcase.

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–AGENT COULSON’S GIRLFRIEND?
A specific subplot that is briefly discussed (but never expanded upon) during Coulson’s meeting with Tony and Pepper is Coulson’s “girlfriend” in Portland. It’s only after Coulson dies that Tony reveals details to Steve Rogers about Coulson’s girlfriend being a “Cellist”.

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–WHERE’S NATALIE PORTMAN?
The only reason Thor isn’t also destroying the human race is because of his love for Jane (Natalie Portman) that was established in the “Thor” flick. For “Avengers”, a picture of Jane is only seen in a computer screen while Agent Coulson assures Thor that “she is safe”.

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–ARTIFACTS OF HYDRA
Under suspicion of Fury about “Phase 2″, Steve Rogers decides to explore the inner halls of the SHIELD helicarrier. Inside he finds that SHIELD has taken the weapons from Hydra used during WWII (as was seen in the “First Avenger” movie). Rogers exposes Fury and, from there, Fury explains why the Tesseract was needed in the first place.

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–THE FLYING MONKEYS JOKE
Nick Fury makes a reference to “flying monkeys” to the team during his monologue about Loki. While Thor is unaware of the reference, Steve chimes in with, “Flying monkeys! I got that reference!” This is a reference to the 1939 film “The Wizard Of Oz”, showing Steve as a man REALLY out of time.

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–THE DESTROYER FROM THOR
Towards the last act of “Thor”, Loki sent a giant metal assassin known as “The Destroyer” to Earth. Nick Fury reveals to the team that the reason for using the Tesseract was to create new weapons to prevent enemies like the Destroyer from attacking Earth again.

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–THE SUPER SOLDIER FORMULA
In the “Incredible Hulk” reboot (with Edward Norton), gamma radiation was used to try and recreate the Super Soldier serum. Agent Coulson briefs Steve Rogers claiming that the experiment to recreate Dr Erskine’s formula (from “First Avenger”) was unsuccessful resulting in Dr. Banner’s condition.

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–HOW DID THOR COME BACK TO EARTH?
At the end of “Thor”, Thor destroyed the rainbow bridge and the Bi-frost which disabled him from traveling to other worlds. While no direct explanation is made as to how Thor came back to Earth for “Avengers”, Loki makes a theory towards it claiming “How much black magic did Father use to get you back here?”. This means that Odin (Anthony Hopkins from “Thor”) probably sent him back.

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–HOW DID LOKI ESCAPE THE WORMHOLE?
At the end of “Thor”, Loki drops himself into the large wormhole. One theory as to how he escaped is that the Chitauri rescued him and, in return, made a deal with them to invade Earth. As seen at the end of “Avengers”, the Chitauri have a giant spaceship that floats through universes, hence Loki may have landed on it.

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–HOW DID THOR KNOW WHERE TO FIND LOKI ON EARTH?
While Loki is being transported to SHIELD in a small helicopter, Thor magically appears above and kidnaps Loki. One of the theories as to how Thor found them was through the magical eye of Heimdall. Heimdall is the watcher of the Bi-frost and can see everything happening in other worlds, hence he probably knew how and where to find Loki. The main reason Thor was looking for Loki was to bring him to “Asgardian justice”.

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–WHY DIDN’T LOKI ESCAPE?
During the forest battle with Thor and Iron Man, Loki is seen at the top of the mountain watching the battle below. Rather than escape, he just sits there the entire time and then is seen in cuffs inside the helicarrier a few scenes later. (Although it is later revealed that he intended to be captured.)

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–THOR’S CHANGE OF WARDROBE
When Thor first appears in “Avengers”, he is seen with no chainmail on his arms. This is the first time onscreen that Thor is seen wearing his “Marvel Ultimates” armor. It isn’t until the battle in New York that the chainmail armor reappears.

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–THOR’S HAMMER IS TOO HEAVY
As indicated in the “Thor” movie, only Thor can wield the Mjolnir hammer. Anybody else that tries to use it cannot lift it, hence the reason the Hulk could barely lift it during the battle with Thor in the helicarrier.

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–THE HULK RETURNS TO NYC
Dr. Banner makes a small crack at his Hulk persona by saying, “The last time I was in New York, I broke Harlem”. This is in reference to the battle at the end of “The Incredible Hulk” where the Hulk fought the Abomination.

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–THE HULK IS ALWAYS ANGRY
When Dr. Banner reunites with the Avengers, he tells Black Widow, “That’s my secret, I’m always angry”. This means that Banner can automatically turn into the Hulk at any time without the need to be provoked, unlike previous movies where something had to happen to him in order for him to transform.

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–WHAT DID THE HULK SAY?
When the Hulk confronts Loki, he slams Loki multiple times in a fit of Looney Tunes rage and mutters his only two words (that most audiences may not have heard due to uproarious laughter): “Puny god!”

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–THE REAL BOSS
In the first post-credit scene, the leader of the Chitauri is seen pleading towards an unseen figure claiming that the humans are too strong. The figure turns around and it is revealed to be none other than supervillain Thanos, wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet (who can also be seen briefly at the beginning of the film).

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–WHAT ARE THEY EATING?
In the second post-credits scene, the entire team is seen eating shawarma (as indicated by Tony a few scenes earlier) just after capturing Loki. And if you look closely, Hawkeye is seen with his leg on Black Widow’s chair indicating that their relationship may indeed be more than it seems (hey, you don’t see Thor putting his leg up on her, that’s for sure).

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–WHAT IS WRONG WITH CAPTAIN AMERICA?
During the same post-credits scene, you’ll notice that Cap never shows his face (he has his hand covering it as seen in the screencap above). According to EW.com, during reshoots of this scene, Chris Evans had grown facial hair and had to wear a prosthetic on his chin that was unconvincing, hence his hand covering his face the entire time.

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