25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Avengers’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 7th, 2014 at 2:32 pm,

Avengers Trivia Easter Eggs 25 Things You Didnt Know About The Avengers

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since The Avengers (2012) hit theaters worldwide, forever changing the superhero landscape, and cementing Joss Whedon as Marvel’s shepherd for the near future.

What better way to celebrate the anniversary – and prepare yourself for Marvel Phase 2 – than to watch the movie over again. We’d be willing to bet that much of the behind-the-scenes planning and Avengers trivia still goes unnoticed by even the most devoted of fans. But fear not: we’re here to help.

Easter Eggs, trivia, or useless facts to enrich your viewing experience: here are 25 Things You Didn’t Know About The Avengers.

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  1. They do explain how Thor arrived. Loki states, “how much dark energy did father use to conjure you here?”

    • Thank you! I love pointing this out to naysayers who couldn’t be bothered to actually listen to the movie.

  2. you state – don’t expect Depp to discuss it with Whedon any time soon; it was The Avengers’ mammoth box office that limited Depp’s last remake, Dark Shadows, to a disappointing domestic gross.

    Dark Shadows didn’t do well because it was a piece of crap! It had nothing to do with The Avengers – if Dark Shadows had been a good film it would have made money.

    Just sayin’

    • Sorry but that has nothing to do with it. You only know if a movie is bad if you go and see it. Dark shadows just wasn’t appealing to people. It was a movie that Tim Burton created because he loved the original tv series.

  3. Another thing: There are “flashbacks” in the film. Two in particular are with Captain America and Iron Man.
    1. Cap says Iron Man is “not goint to be the one to make the sacrafice play”, but later, he does.
    2. Cap says “they” told him “we won” when he woke up. Later he tells Iron Man the same thing when *he* wakes up.

    • That’s not a flashback. Those are callbacks.

      • Thanks! Couldn’t think of what to call them so I said “flashbaks” with quotation marks to signify that they weren’t really flashbacks, but similar to them.

  4. Nuke NY? Naw! What they should have done was make it a missle programmed to fly into the hole by itself. Then have the programming fail, requiring Iron MaN to fly that thing into the hole. More of a personal sacrifice that way.

  5. hwsad with all th mgnificent fiction out ther,holywoo as to choose cmic books to exploitumbng down aerica is real

    • There is irony in your post that I cannot even begin to touch.

  6. Heidi Moneymaker did Barrymore’s chair flip scene in Charlie’s Angels as well. The Avengers movie is not “Moneymaker’s version”. The chair flip is Moneymaker’s, period, end stop.

  7. About Thor; Didn’t Loki say that Odin had used some sort of “dark energy” to send him there? It is adressed but very briefly.

  8. Just some thoughts. First, the movie is FULL of excellent seques, some perhaps more subtle than “…won by soldiers”, cut to Steve/Cap, & the “…bottom of the Ocean” cut to Tony/IM underwater. For instance: Natasha to Banner on the Helicarrier Bridge: “We have all the toys.” Then cut to a cube-powered contraption apparently built by Loki’s unwilling slave minions in some hidden makeshift lab. Or at the beginning of Act Three: Thor on the field solemnly walking to retrieve Mjolnir from the grass, then a downward shot of the hammer as a voice-over says “You fell from the sky,” and scene shift to Banner awakening amidst the rubble in an empty building where he just landed. The movie is superbly edited like that throughout. But what really makes the film work for me as a longtime Marvel/Avengers fan and hopefully for any casual viewer, is how accurately depicted and believable the character RELATIONSHIPS are. There are several critical interplays here, without which the whole thing would simply fall apart. At the core you have Loki’s intense jealousy of Thor, whose loyalty and compassion toward his wayward adopted brother make their relationship seem a bit tragic and touchingly human despite their demigod-like status. Anyone who’s ever had a sibling can at some level understand this dynamic. Black Widow/Natasha and Hawkeye/Clint (Barton) clearly care for one another deeply, perhaps in ways neither has yet admitted. Again, this kind of caring often occurs between close colleagues and can be particularly complex and complicated in a male/female partnership, especially in “specialized” fields. Who but your partner best understands you – and who but your partner would be best suited to take you down should you ever go ‘rogue’, as Loki forces Clint to do? Very well done. Bruce Banner and Tony Stark, surprisingly, seldom interacted in the comics except as their alter-egos – and that was usually as adversaries. That as fellow cutting-edge scientists they would otherwise have a mutual respect and admiration seems only natural and is highlighted wonderfully in this film. But the relationship that impressed me the most – both for its accuracy to the comics and its believable portrayal on screen – is the Steve Rogers (Cap) / Tony Stark (Iron Man)relationship. Here are two men at virtually opposite ends of the spectrum: a billionaire genius born with a silver spoon who has an essentially self-inflicted disability that he has managed to parlay into a tool for even higher self-aggrandizement; and a poor man from Brooklyn with a noble heart, old-fashioned values and an idealistic world view, who wouldn’t hesitate to sacrifice his life for any just cause, and who has been artificially blessed with unique physical abilities that allow him to actually make a difference,at least on a battlefield. These two men WOULD not and DO not naturally get along. What most people who saw this movie probably DON’T know is that even in the comics this has pretty much always been the case. Their respective ideologies have pitted Captain America and Iron Man against one another on numerous occasions since the characters first met in the 1960’s! Over the course of their decades-long (in real time) relationship they have been, for lack of a better term, “frenemies”. The beauty of it is that over time they have come to respect each other, such that though they haven’t always LIKED each other, in the end when the chips are down each will always have the others back. THIS, for me, was THE key relationship to accurately depict for any Avengers live action film to work. You get THIS one right (along with Thor/Loki) and the film HAS to work. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Needless to say, the movie succeeds in that regard. That Joss Whedon, Marvel Studios and everyone else involved managed to pull off such a cinematic feat is simply remarkable.

    • Well, Joss is a fan, there’s that. Also, if you know a bit about his body of work, you know that one of his best qualities is his ability to portray the relationships between his characters. Whether it be Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly/Serenity or even the much maligned Agents of SHIELD, it all boils down to relationships.

    • Joss Whedon’s biggest strength as a director is to take characters that would never even cross the same street together and realistically turning them into allies. It’s basically what has made every show he’s directed work. Even episodes that are not all that great and some are downright terrible actually work in a good way due to the character interaction. He never misses any scene as an opportunity for character development. Because, let’s face it, strip the storyline of the Avengers and what you have is a very simple movie. It’s the characters that make it deeper than it actually is. It’s more of a character driven film than it is a story driven one. If I didn’t know Joss directed this from the beginning, I would have guessed it after watching it.

      • BFG & Damon: I agree 100%. Yes, I am very familiar with Whedon’s work and his knack for character development/interplay. He almost certainly deserves the most credit for this film’s phenomenal success. I was VERY worried about how it would come across until I found out he was directing it. (And even then, notwithstanding, right up until opening weekend I still had concerns – which were swiftly assuaged by ten minutes into the film! lol) I honestly doubt any other director alive today could have pulled it together as cohesively. I hope he can work his magic again with Age of Ultron!

        • I have no doubt he will.

  9. Hugin and Munin, the two crows used by Odin to see all. In my opinion is how Thor new where Loki was As they are in the scene while Thor speaks to Loki in the woods. fyi they are also behind Odin while Thor becomes king, perched above on statue. They also appear periodically if you look for them.

    • Excellent point! That makes a ton of sense. And it took me a few viewings, but I did recently notice Odin accepting a raven onto his arm in Thor 2, during the relatively early scene when Thor is returning to Asgaard.

  10. “….it was The Avengers‘ mammoth box office that limited Depp’s last remake, Dark Shadows, to a disappointing domestic gross.”

    Um, no. That may have played a small part, but what limited Dark Shadows to a disappointing domestic gross was that fact that it was a bad movie. All the elements were in place for a really exciting, dark remake of a cult classic TV series: strong fan base, iconic character in Barnabas Collins, the combination of Burton and Depp (who do dark and quirky very well)….and it turns out to be a COMEDY. What a massive disappointment.

  11. Jennifer Garner’s character did vitually same chair gag in premier episode of “Alias” 2001. That was probably Moneymaker also.

  12. also, the “you should have left it at the bottom of the ocean” quote that Capt America says could have been a reference to himself. It is implied that he is having a hard time adjusting to the modern world and he could be hinting that SHIELD should have left him frozen or “at the bottom of the ocean.” just a thought…

  13. I have no idea if someone mentioned this, or if it is really true, But in the scene where Tony and Bruce are running tests on the staff that Loki was carrying around, Bruce was standing in front of one of the clear touch monitors and you can see the Hulk in the reflection as he is talking to Tony

    • That is true and was done on purpose

  14. One of the SHIELD agents on the computer in the helicarrier (I believe he even has a one-liner) is the same SHIELD/HYDRA agent from the Captain America The Winter Soldier that Cap & Falcon throw off the roof while interrogating him. Nice continuity.

    • Yes Agent Sitwell! He also had a couple lines in the first Thor movie, and is also in a One-Shot with Coulson.

  15. Here’s a fact I ‘do’ know about the Avengers. There are folks involved in the movie-making who have plenty of attitude. You don’t get fired in CIA/ Hollywood for having attitude and robbing movie-goers. Okay. Two facts. Fact two relates to fact one. Loki is ridiculous. He represents the silly factor that the folks with attitude enjoy foisting on us. It’s a strong stink that won’t disappear easily. He didn’t disappear with the second Thor installment. He was present and very prominent. Even if he isn’t in the next Avengers, the silliness and attitude he represents will be, I fear.

    Speaking of silliness. Spidey 2 is strictly for 5 year olds, however old they are.

  16. This is annoying and not really impressive since everying mentioned here was already mentioned by Joss in the commentary track.

  17. I’m not trying to be a dick here, but the ‘L’ is missing from the word (I’m guessing) ‘Marvel’ on page 17. Thoroughly enjoyed the article.

  18. Did anyone else notice Natasha pulling off a Buffy flip a few minutes after she breaks out of the chair?

  19. Went with a tour group to Israel in December. I was the only one on the bus that knew what swarma was when the guide asked. Guess where I learned that?!? And, boy is it delicious!

  20. one thing bothered me, and maybe i missed something since no one here has mentioned it… please let me know if i did. when Hulk first busted out, he attacked Black Widow, his ally. at the end, when Banner showed up ‘just in time,’ he was very controlled from then on. what was with him trying to kill Widow if he knew what he was doing?

    • That’s the thing: he didn’t. That’s why he doesn’t show up for a good portion of the film. Banner needed to learn to control the monster before he could return to the team.

  21. Not sure if it’s been mentioned but near the end fight you see street signs saying “Titan St” or something similar – which made me anticipate the appearance of Thanos :-)

  22. These are all things from the directors commentary…

  23. I’m surprised that Stark’s comment to Hawkeye when lifting him to the roof “You might want to clench up, Legolas” (or very similar) didn’t make the cut. The “Legolas” is barely audible, but it’s there. Check if you don’t believe me.

  24. Another little easter egg, the scene with the ESU police sergeant and cap tells him to evacuate everyone. First I’d like to say’ does this mean tom Selleck is the police commissioner in the marvels universe new york? (Blue bloods reference) Maybe this is where Sergeant “Gormley” started before he was the CO of Donnie Wahlberg’s detective squad, crossover maybe? kidding aside, the young buck cop with this sergeant, does anybody notice who the actor is? Envor Gjokai? Peggy carter’s partner/yet to be determined husband? in tv show agent carter? Maybe this is thier grandson, apple doesn’t fall far from the tree becoming a police officer when his “grandfather” was a war hero/ssr agent lol

  25. The Thor arrival was explained by Loki when he questioned Thor about “how much dark magic Father must have used to send him here.” Or, did I dream that… ?

  26. I like the line “what’s phase 2?”
    surely that phrasing about the hydra weapon program was intentional given there’s a marvel phase 2 of the movies that had been kept under covers for so long….