The MARVELous Universe

Destiny Montgomery, Editor in Chief

I have many obsessions: sweet tea, books, “Dance Moms” and most importantly: the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As of now, there are 27 movies and five Disney+ series. Not all of the movies were released in the timeline order, so Disney+ has a feature where fans can watch the movies in the specific order. The fourth movie in the timeline order: “The Avengers,” was released on May 4, 2012. Spoiler alerts ahead:

First and foremost, let’s just make it clear which actor plays which character, and what their superhero names are: 

– Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark AKA Iron Man

– Chris Evans as Steve Rogers AKA Captain America

– Chris Hemsworth as Thor

– Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner AKA Hulk

– Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow

– Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton AKA Hawkeye

This movie also continues the story of Loki, the best character, played by Tom Hiddleston. 

Also, I should probably mention that S.H.I.E.L.D stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, but it isn’t that important.

The movie starts out with Nick Fury arriving at S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters in New Mexico during an evacuation due to the tesseract activating itself. It suddenly opens a portal through space when Loki walks through, but he was dead wasn’t he? Wrong. Loki has his iconic scepter which he uses to take control of the minds of Erik Selvig, who was studying the tesseract, and Agent Barton. Loki of course takes the tesseract because as the movies go on it is learned that they are inseparable. 

Fury realizes that this is pretty bad and pulls Romanoff and Agent Coulson out of their assignments to find the heroes he’s been keeping tabs on. Romanoff is sent to India to find “the big guy” AKA Banner. Coulson and Fury find Rogers and Stark and get them on board. Loki was traced to Germany. When Rogers finds him, they battle and Stark enters and helps out. Loki surrendered. When they are on the helicarrier, they enter a lightning storm. Loki said he isn’t afraid of lightning but “what follows it.” Thor then arrives attempting to capture Loki so he can face Asgardian justice, but gets in a fight with Rogers and Stark. 

Barton and Loki’s other agents attack the helicarrier. While Rogers and Stark restart the broken engine, Romanoff tries to help Banner not turn green. It fails and Hulk chases her through the ship. Thor manages to stop Hulk a little with a hit from Mjolnir. Romanoff then fights Barton, who is still under Loki’s control, and makes him hit his head really hard, which breaks the mind control. The Hulk then falls from the ship and Thor is tricked into being locked in the cell by Loki, who has his scepter back and makes the cell fall out of the sky, with Thor still in it (don’t worry he gets out at the last second). Loki then also stabs Coulson. It made me very sad. 🙁

Loki then opens a portal which releases the Chitauri, which according to marvelcinematicuniverse.fandom.com, are a hybrid between organic beings and machines. Stark finds out that Loki’s power is coming from the top of Stark’s office. While the battle is going on, the council decides to launch a missile to New York. Tony gets the missile and leads it directly to the hole in the sky where the Chitauri are coming from. Stark loses oxygen as he’s coming back through the hole and just barely makes it through when Romanoff closes it. Hulk then saves Tony from falling to his death. When Stark wakes up, he asks if anyone wants shawarma. At the end, the Avengers all go their separate ways with Thor taking Loki and the Tesseract back to Asgard. 

The mid credits scene shows the Chitauri leader warning his master that fighting the Avengers is a death sentence. The master turns around, revealing himself to be Thanos. He smiles. 

The last credit scene shows the Avengers together eating shawarma.