ByMike Mack, writer at
Big fan of superheroes, movies, superhero movies... and writing about all of the above
Mike Mack
“The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. To see if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles that we never could.”

We all know the movie. And for the most part, we all love the movie. It was a groundbreaking, epic culmination of five movies that brought us some of our favorite characters of all time. And it took those characters and forced them to team up to save the world. What’s not to love?

Now, if you’re like me, you can’t even count how many times you’ve seen this movie since it came out in 2012. I lost track a few days after the Blu Ray came out. But when you watch a movie that many times, you tend to pick up on things that you didn’t catch when you saw it in the theater. This movie has a way of coming back around, a sense of symmetry that makes it that much better.

I have three examples of lines from The Avengers, that some of you may not have caught, that make this movie even better than you thought. If that’s even possible.

1. A little old-fashioned...

When Cap is being brought in by Coulson, the two of them get talking about... well about Cap. Ok, so Coulson goes straight-up fanboy on him. Then he mentions that he had a little input on the uniform, to which Cap replies...

“The uniform? Aren’t the stars and stripes a little old-fashioned?”

Coulson doesn’t even blink. He responds confidently to Cap...

“Every thing that’s happening, the things that are about to come to light. People might just need a little old-fashioned.”

Nice moment, right? Kind of makes Cap feel like he’s needed. But that line does so much more than just boost Steve’s ego a bit. It comes back much later in the movie.

After Loki’s escape from the Helicarrier, where he “killed” Coulson, the whole old-fashioned thing comes full circle and takes on a much bigger meaning.

The quote that started this story comes from Nick Fury, when he was describing to Cap and Iron Man the idea to bring the Avengers together. An idea that Coulson believed in. He followed it up by saying...

“It was an old-fashioned notion.”

This scene is obviously an attempt to motivate the Avengers to work together and take out this threat. Fury later tells Maria Hill that “they needed a push,” referring to the bloody trading cards he threw on the table in this very scene.

But the use of ‘old-fashioned’ creates a bit of a cryptic motivation as well. Nick is using Coulson as the catalyst for the team to come together, but when you put together the two ‘old-fashioned’ lines, they become needed on a much bigger scale. People might just need a little old-fashioned. And the Avengers coming together is an old-fashioned notion. Get it yet? People need the Avengers to come together. People need Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

2. Sentiment...

Early in movie, before the team starts being brought together, Fury is shown speaking to the council. He’s trying to convince them to allow him to assemble the Avengers, calling them a “response team.” He tells them that he believes that they can be exactly what they need. They respond...

“War isn’t won by sentiment, Director.”

A fine point, but Fury has a clever retort...

“No, it’s won by soldiers.”

This seems nothing more than a perfect segue to Captain America working out in a gym. But, as you could guess by now, it comes back much later in the movie.

During “The War” (as Loki calls it), Thor meets his power-hungry brother on Stark Tower. Loki’s army is already tearing up New York, and Thor makes him look at the chaos. Loki tries to explain that it’s too late and that they can’t stop it. Thor responds by telling him that they could stop it together. Loki responds by plunging one of his daggers into Thor’s rib cage before uttering one word...


Thor literally tried to win the war with sentiment! Too bad he wasn’t in on that meeting earlier, it could have saved him some time. This is the moment in the movie where there is no going back. The war is going to happen, and the Avengers are now the soldiers.

Bonus: After Coulson dies, Tony and Cap get into an argument that includes Tony shouting...

“We are not soldiers!”

Woops! Sorry Tony, looks like you are now.

3. Breathtaking anger management issues...

This one is on a much smaller scale. The two parts are within a few minutes of each other, both happening within “The War.” Tony speaks to Loki in Stark Tower, and lists all of the people that he’s “pissed off.” He runs through the list of Avengers and mentions the Hulk as...

“...a man with breathtaking anger management issues.”

You may have laughed this off as a quick joke. And it was. But it also comes back later on... also as a joke.

Everyone remembers the scene where Loki tries to talk down to the Hulk, before he gets picked up by his foot and repeatedly slammed into the floor. It’s maybe the funniest moment in the movie. But Tony’s line from before comes back with this, as kind of a joke within a joke.

After Hulk walks away and drops his “puny god” line, we see Loki on his back with his eyes wide open, making a groaning noise as if he’s struggling to breathe. He literally has his breath taken by Banner’s anger management issues! Well done Tony. It’s like you knew what was coming. You've redeemed yourself.

These are just a few of the moments I caught in one of my favorite movies of all time.


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