At the time it was four years in the making, but something historical happened: the Avengers assembled for the first time on screen. Nay, at the time, nobody had ever put so many heroes on screen at the same time. It’s amazing to think that the first Avengers movie is about to be dwarfed yet again when Marvel Studios breaks another record.
After spending some of the movie tearing at each other’s throats, the individuals who make up the Avengers put their differences behind them for a far larger purpose: there’s a war they have to fight that we never could. Deep in the heart of New York City, the invading Chitauri are brought to a stand-still when Hulk smashes a Leviathan. Suddenly, the inhabitants of Earth are capable of standing up to a fight.
Hulk lets out a loud roar as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, and Hawkeye assemble to form the Avengers. And then….
The Battle of New York
The entire sequence in which the Avengers team up to stop the Chitauri is spine-tingling. I love that, although Iron Man kick-started the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony Stark has no qualms about handing strategy over to Captain America. Cap immediately starts issuing orders. I remember the theater cheering at the top of their lungs when Hulk is the last Avenger to get his orders. All Cap can suggest is “smash”, much to Hulk’s absolute pleasure.
There’s a particular string of events that shows how cooperative the Avengers are together in a single shot. Black Widow takes control of a Chitauri air skiff, Iron Man watches her back, then proceeds to land on the ground to blast enemies alongside Cap, he fires a repulsor blast into Cap’s shield who deflects it into several more Chitauri, Iron Man takes to the skies to see Hawkeye bullseyeing Chitauri from a rooftop, shoots one in the head that collides into a Leviathan’s head, where Hulk is attempting to tear the thing apart, when Thor swoops in to help, Hulk then rips a slab of metal and thrusts it into the Leviathan’s skull, and then Thor causes a lightning strike to fell the beast into Grand Central Terminal. Goosebumps…. and then Hulk punches Thor.
Thor Hangs Mjolnir On A Coat Rack
Oh, this one is short and sweet. Chris Hemsworth, perfectly channeling Thor’s innocent and often misunderstood observation of human mannerisms, candidly hangs Mjolnir on a coat rack in Thor: The Dark World. I get a laugh out of it every single time. It’s just, come on, Thor is just being Thor on Earth trying to simulate normal human behavior. It was unplanned but it’s a brilliant moment that ended up being in the movie.