MCU Moments: The Avengers (2012)
Today we continue our journey through some of the most memorable moments from some of the most pivotal films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last week we talked about four moments from Iron Man, the film that started it all, and today we feature the first ensemble film of the franchise, The Avengers. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon and was released theatrically in the United States on May 4, 2012. The film went on to gross over $1.5 billion worldwide and became the highest grossing film of 2012. It has also maintained its status through the years as one of the best films that Marvel Studios has released and continues to be a fan favorite six years after its release.
So, what are some of the most memorable moments from The Avengers?
1) Thor’s Grand Entrance
I love the dialogue between the team right before Thor flies into the jet. However, some of the best moments follow as Thor officially meets Iron Man. Long before the days of Captain America: Civil War, it was a little more unusual to see our favorite heroes fighting each other. Thor’s introduction to the rest of the team and specifically his skirmish with Iron Man and later Captain America is a memorable moment. Between all of the Shakespeare references, and the God of Thunder getting to put his power on display, it’s a pretty fantastic sequence.
2) The Airborne Skirmish
The conversation before the mind-controlled Hawkeye attacks the airborne ship is a great example of each person’s personality and contribution to the team. It amplifies just how much of a time bomb this mixture can be, but the attack that follows is a fantastic thing to watch. Besides, nothing could go wrong with Dr. Banner on an airborne ship, right? It’s the first time we get to watch the Hulk in action, and his battle with Thor is something to behold. Also, Agent Coulson is the man here.
3) Tony’s Jab
Tony’s conversation with Loki in Stark Tower before the battle really starts raging might be one of my favorite interactions in the film. Tony’s account of their team roster is a fairly thorough synopsis, and I love the tension that exists between he and Loki in this exchange. However, nothing beats this line from Tony: “If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damned well sure we’ll avenge it!”
Well said, Tony. Well said.
4) The Team Shot
Honestly, if I had to make a list of some of my favorite shots from the MCU as a whole, this one would be somewhere near the top. After seeing Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man headline their own films, there’s something rewarding about seeing them all together in the middle of New York. The panning shot of them in a circle with Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Hulk is a memorable one for sure, and it sets the tone of these six individuals putting aside their differences to save New York. At the end of the day, this shot was a dream come true for every comic book fan. And, you know, the whole battle that follows isn’t too shabby either.
So, we’ve made our opinions know, but what moments stand out from The Avengers for you?
Be sure to share them in the comments below, and be on the lookout next Friday as we highlight another MCU film that permanently changed the landscape of the franchise.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.