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What is the reference Captain America understood?

"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 ...
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Why wasn't Captain America eating in the end of The Avengers?

The post-credits scene wasn't filmed until production had already completed and so the various actors had already moved onto new roles. Chris Evans had a role in Snowpiercer in which he needed a beard....
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Why is Thor an Avenger?

Thor is an Avenger for a multitude of reasons. It's worth noting that the entire plot of The Avengers/Avengers Assemble is set into motion by Thor's actions in Thor. If Thor hadn't waged a war upon ...
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What is the reference Captain America understood?

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 ...
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What is the reference Captain America understood?

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 ...
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In The Avengers (2012), why does Thanos need Loki?

Thanos was presumably trying to be hidden in the background until he was ready to reveal himself so he would face less opposition. Thor seems to twig onto the fact that someone is working in the ...
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Why didn't Tony Stark ask Thor to charge his suit with lightning?

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 ...
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If Nick Fury and Coulson already knew about aliens (Kree and Skrull) why did they wait until Thor's appearance to start making weapons?

While this isn’t a comment from Marvel, I think the films themselves avoid any discrepancy. 1. Maybe they didn't wait SHIELD doesn't start producing weapons from the Tesseract until after the events ...
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Why are Loki's eyes blue in The Avengers?

I believe this may be an artifact of Thanos'/the Staff's control. Here is a photo of Hawkeye towards the end of the movie (after he has been released from the staff's control): His eyes appear to be ...
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If Nick Fury and Coulson already knew about aliens (Kree and Skrull) why did they wait until Thor's appearance to start making weapons?

It would appear as if Fury was telling the truth to the Avengers and that research into the Tesseract was underway since SHIELD got it back at the end of Captain Marvel. However, Phase 2 itself had ...
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In this drawing of the Avengers, who's the guy on the right?

It IS Hawkeye, depicting his Ronin character from Avengers: Endgame. According to Screenrant, it is an Easter Egg revealing Hawkeye’s future transformation into Ronin: Clint Barton skipped Avengers: ...
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Why were Captain America and Black Widow in such a hurry to close the portal?

This is addressed in the film's script. In short, the shockwave caused by the nuke and the secondary explosions of the Chitauri vessels was visible from the surface. Captain America wanted to shut the ...
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What was SHIELD doing during the Battle of New York?

While we are not given any complete indication, it is a safe bet that Nick Fury did not send in attack aircraft because they were more of a threat to the civilian population than they would be an ...
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In The Avengers (2012), why does Thanos need Loki?

Here's what my theory is (spoiler alert if you haven't watched Captain Marvel yet): We had Captain Marvel at Earth's defense in '95. Ronan The Accuser already faced her then and fled the battleground....
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Why did all of the Chitauri soldiers suddenly die?

This was apparently explained in the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where they depict a Chitauri neural link that Agent Grant Ward liberates from Vanchat in Paris. This S.H.I.E.L.D. evidence ...
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Why did Bruce Banner grab the scepter?

Bruce Banner is a man with, as Tony Stark says half in jest, "breath-taking anger management issues". Although not really demonstrated all too much in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bruce ...
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Why didn't Tony Stark ask Thor to charge his suit with lightning?

In universe - Because the risk was too high. The only time when the battery life on the Iron Man armour becomes an issue during the battle of New York is when JARVIS alerts Tony that they don't have ...
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Why is Thor an Avenger?

The question is not where Thor is from, but for whom he is fighting. The Avengers fight to protect Earth. Thor may have a special interest in protecting the world because of his girlfriend, but he ...
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How does Thor get back to Earth, again?

As you can see from this post on Joyreactor, Tony saw the Shawarma Palace (later seen at the end of the credits) during the Battle of New York. Given that the owners are cleaning up the broken glass ...
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How did Nick Fury lose his eye and get his eye patch?

Spolier for Captain Marvel (2019)
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In The Avengers (2012), why does Thanos need Loki?

In The Avengers, Loki isn't dealing with Thanos, he's dealing with The Other. From the script: THE OTHER (V.O.): The Tesseract has awakened. It is on a little world. A human world. They would wield ...
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Did Loki know that Antonia Dreykov was alive?

Unlikely. Even with the Tesseract, MCU Loki wasn't omniscient, or psychic. He indicated that his knowledge of Natasha was based on information given to him by Clint Barton (Hawkeye), whom he'd ...
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Why is Thor an Avenger?

The above answers hit all the main points, but one more thing to remember: They didn't plan on inviting him The Avengers Initiative, as conceived by Nick Fury, seemed to include Iron Man and ...
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Who were the 80 people that Loki killed?

The toll likely includes those trapped in the collapse of the base at the start of the film, which Loki caused. Here is some dialogue from the script: AGENT PHIL COULSON ...
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In The Avengers (2012), How did they communicate at the climax without any ear device even though the inner ear technology was created in 2013?

They have ear pieces. When Black Widow says “I can do it, I can shut the portal down” the camera switches to Steve Rogers on the ground. He lowers his head and reaches his arm towards his ear. Just ...
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Why are Loki's eyes blue in The Avengers?

Loki's eyes are actually blue. In the comics, Loki's eyes are green, but it is unclear in the films what eye colour Loki has because they seem to change from blue to green. However, the actor, Tom ...
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Why were Captain America and Black Widow in such a hurry to close the portal?

Rewatching the scene in question (1:20), the nuclear explosion combined with the ships themselves exploding produced a sizable blastwave, which passed by just after the portal closes. Closing the ...
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Are these two secret projects the same?

According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the Project Pegasus in Captain Marvel represents an earlier stage of the same general endeavor as that shown in the first Avengers film (and ...
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Why does Nick Fury say that Loki's staff is powered by the Tesseract?

Out-of-universe, I suspect they hadn't decided yet that the Tesseract or Loki's staff held an Infinity Stone. That fact raises a number of questions, not the least of which is "Why was Thanos willing ...
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Avengers movie - Were the chitauri 'ships' living creatures?

According to the Marvel Movies Wikia, they are actually called Leviathans and they're described as extraterrestrial animal-slaves. (which might be a good name for a punk band) Leviathans are ...
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