The Avengers is a 2012 superhero film directed by Joss Whedon based on the Avengers. It is the sixth film in the Earth-2021358 Marvel Cinematic Universe and the final of Phase One.
Ever since 2005, Marvel and their Kevin Feige have been trying to work on an Avengers film, which would focus on Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, The Hulk, and The Wasp being teamed up into one team. With Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk entering development, a script was being penned as they tried to focus on the continuity, and at the end of 2008, with the former two films being a success, Marvel Studios announced adaptations based on Captain America and Thor that would release previously.
It was later announced in 2010 that Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans were all under contract to star, and that the likes of Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and John Krasinski would reprise their roles with newcomer Cobie Smulders being cast in the film alongside. It was also confirmed that Tom Hiddleston and Tim Roth would reprise their roles as Loki and The Abomination as the villains, and the film would take inspiration from the Ultimates comic book.
- Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
- Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor
- Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
- Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki
- Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/The Abomination
- Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson
- Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill
- Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia "Pepper" Potts
- Anthony Hopkins as Odin
- Jaime Alexander as Lady Sif
At a S.H.I.E.L.D. base headquartering Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., Agents Phil Coulson, Agent Williams and Maria Hill await the presence of Nick Fury as he lands out of a helicopter and arrives to the base to visit the research of the Tesseract, with Coulson explaining their discoveries of the Cube's strange properties as soon Williams gives a smile that gives Hill a strange feeling, but they continue walking as they enter the room where scientists, including Erik Selvig, are studying the Tesseract and continue to look into it's properties.
Erik comes over to them and begins to discuss about how much they are learning, or rather how much they will learn as he explains that teleportation could be one of it's abilities with low levels of Gamma Radiation