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"Personal flying monkeys" is a reference to The Wicked Witch of the West's army in The Wizard of Oz. As a movie from 1939 (and a book published in 1900), it is a reference that Captain Rogers would have likely seen before he was frozen in 1943.


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No, There were plenty of immortal Avengers over the years. Immortal having the definition of being able to survive the aging process and maintaining vigor and capability. Almost all of the "gods" of the Marvel Universe are "immortal until killed." They boast extremely long life-spans, appearing effectively immortal. This includes the Japanese, Greek, ...


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Except for the first & last few minutes, Captain America takes place during World War II, which I believe predates the modern day. Thus, as Captain America was the first of the Avengers to go around avenging things, he is the first Avenger.


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Flying monkeys is a reference to the Wicked Witch of the West's minions in The Wizard of Oz (1939). The joke is that the reference is so dated that Cap gets it, unlike cultural references to things he missed while frozen.


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He's not calling her "Drakov's Daughter". What he's doing is listing out her "crimes". Loki: Can you? Can you wipe out that much red? Drakov's Daughter, Sao Paulo, the hospital fire. Barton told me everything. Your ledger is dripping. It's gushing red, and you think saving a man no more virtuous than yourself will change anything?, These are all ...


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I'm afraid they're not really avenging anything. At the end of the first issue the Hulk points out that the group needs a name and the Wasp suggests "Avengers" because it's "colorful and dramatic."


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Captain America was frozen in ice from around 1943 to around 2012. so he doesn't know thousands of cultural references like "Here's Johnny", Bueller, redpill, etc. An ongoing joke in the Avengers movie is how those cultural references go right over Cap's head. He knows they are cultural references, but he doesn't know what they mean. This running joke'...


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1. The Avengers were unaware of the second enhanced at the moment: When Tony breached the shield and entered the castle, the Avengers knew only of "the blur". They later found out about Wanda. And since rest of the Avengers were already tackling "the blur", Tony let his guard down. 2. Greater maneuverability/Convenience: Tony wanted to check out the entire ...


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Ed Norton spoke to this issue in an interview with NPR. The very short answer is that he deeply disliked the "roadshow" aspect of marketing a major tentpole film and wasn't willing to compromise. “My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to. I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one ...


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Stark07's answer here is perfectly correct when at looks at the reasons from Tony's perspective about why he leaves the armour behind, but I think this is worth digging a little deeper into. Tony Stark is one of the most well developed characters not just in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in modern cinema today, and his relationship with his Iron Man ...


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Because it didn't just charge him, it damaged him Re-watch that fight in the forest. The lightning super-charged the suit, but it also messed him up. His HUD was filled with static, his joints were sparking, and he seemed to have some trouble moving properly before he discharged the energy back at Thor. He even seemed to be flinching, as though he was ...


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Assuming that each vision did, indeed, represent that character's worst fear, we can speculate that Captain America's fear is Here is an explanation of why I think that: This sentiment was echoed by Ultron himself: Lastly, this is echoed in Captain America's vision: At the end of the film, however, he seems to have come to grips with this fear, telling ...


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Loki isn't a god. Odin says this explicitly in Thor: The Dark World: Odin: We are not Gods. We are born, we live, we die, just as humans do. Loki: Give or take five thousand years. Thor: The Dark World (2013) However, a more intuitive answer to the question would be: sure, but Hulk is also a god. The Asgardians are the source of Norse ...


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The name, and the list of heroes who have used it, can get rather complex. I'll try to summarize, and stick only to the ones that connect directly to the current one, Carol Danvers. There's a couple other heroes that have used the Captain Marvel name, the most well known being the hero that transforms by saying the magic word "SHAZAM!". It was originally ...


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Adamantium's durability has less to do with weight than it does with resilience. Logan is 5'3" tall and without his adamantium weighs 195 lbs. With it, he weighs 300 lbs. His body has been reinforced but adds only 105 pounds of total weight. It is wrong to assume its indestructibility is related to weight. There are plenty of heavy metals (gold, lead) ...


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Because Thor (and Loki, the Asgard, and everything else from the Thor universe) comes directly from Norse mythology. As Norse mythology originates from Scandinavia, it wouldn't make any sense for it to not be heavily featured. As to why Norway is featured more heavily than other Scandinavian countries; there are a few points that I can think of: ...


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The staff needs to make contact with skin (as vsz says, skin near the heart) to affect the person. Tony's skin wasn't touched, it hit the reactor instead. While the magic can penetrate a thin layer of clothing, apparently the metal of the reactor was sufficient shielding.


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It isn't known where the rest of the Avengers are during the kidnapping. Since the entire event happens in the space of about eight hours, it could simply be considered too difficult to gather the Avengers in that short space of time. Consider: Thor lives in Asgard most of the time. Until they repair the technology/magic which creates the Rainbow bridge, ...


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If you are seeking a purely physical reason for Thor's ability to fly, there isn't one. Thor's flight is inconsistently presented and has been so for his entire career. While the mechanism appears to be the whirling throw and release, this mechanism cannot explain the inconsistency in his ability to fly. In legends, Thor did not fly, he was drawn in a ...


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Collider asked this very question earlier. And now, with the introduction of Doctor Strange, the question becomes, where the hell have these mighty sorcerers been when shit got real in the past? Producer Kevin Feige answered, explaining that the Sorcerers are more solely focused on other things, not whether or not we're invaded by aliens; they're ...


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Ultron hates Stark more than he hates humanity in general because Stark thought he could create, develop, and harness artificial intelligence under human control. The use of Jarvis as an intelligent system was an affront to Ultron, who believed his intelligence was superior in every way to a human one. Tony Stark had the temerity to believe he should and ...


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This is explained in the Age of Ultron prelude comic, The Sceptre’d Isle. SHIELD had recovered the sceptre from Stark Tower, and are studying it a la Tesseract. (Indeed, one of their scientists makes comments about how similar it is to the Tesseract.) One of the technicians working on the sceptre is a disgruntled agent called Mark Smith. He’s just been ...


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Yes. Coulson died. Joss answered this at the 2014 SXSW. From this article (emphasis mine): Acknowledging the presence of seemingly-deceased Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) on the panel – Gregg plays Leonato in the Much Ado ensemble – Whedon tried to explain how the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent returns from the dead. “I’ll tell you guys this, Heimlich,” Whedon ...


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He allegedly didn't get along well with others We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. ...


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There are multiple reasons for why Loki attacked Earth. The first and most obvious motive is also the simplest - Revenge. From Avengers Assemble; Thor: We were raised together, we played together, we fought together. Do you remember none of that? Loki: I remember a shadow, living in the shade of your greatness. I remember you tossing me into an abyss, ...


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The following movies and TV shows are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth 19999). They share a common timeline. Iron Man (1,2,3) Captain America (The First Avenger, Winter Soldier, Civil War) Thor (1, The Dark World, Ragnarok) The Avengers (1, Age of Ultron, Infinity War Part 1, Infinity War Part 2) Guardians of the Galaxy (1,2) Ant-Man The ...


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