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Scarlett Johansson as
Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

A highly trained spy working for S.H.I.E.L.D. About the character and her relationship with Hawkeye, Johansson said, "Our characters have a long history.

They've fought together for a long time in a lot of battles in many different countries. We're the two members of this avenging group who are skilled warriors ´┐Ż we have no superpowers.

Black Widow is definitely one of the team, though. She's not in the cast simply to be a romantic foil or eye candy. She's there to fight, so I never felt like I was the only girl.

We all have our various skills and it feels equal". Regarding her training, Johansson said, "Even though Iron Man 2 was 'one-for-them,' I'd never done anything like that before.

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I'd never been physically driven in something, or a part of something so big. For The Avengers, I've spent so many months training with our stunt team, and fighting all the other actors, it's crazy. I do nothing but fight´┐Żall the time."

Jeremy Renner as
Clint Barton / Hawkeye

A master archer working as an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. Renner said it was a very physical role and that he trained physically and practiced archery as much as possible in preparation.

About the role, Renner said, "When I saw Iron Man, I thought that was a really kick-ass approach to superheroes. Then they told me about this Hawkeye character, and I liked how he wasn't really a superhero; he's just a guy with a high skill set. I could connect to that."

Regarding Hawkeye's sniper mentality, Renner said, "It's a lonely game. He's an outcast. His only connection is to Scarlett's character, Natasha. It's like a left hand/right hand thing. They coexist, and you need them both, especially when it comes to a physical mission."

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Renner said Hawkeye is not insecure about his humanity. "Quite the opposite, he's the only one who can really take down the Hulk with his tranquilizer-tipped arrows. He knows his limitations. But when it comes down to it, there has to be a sense of confidence in any superhero."

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

The director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who was revealed in previous films to be coordinating the "Avengers Initiative". Jackson was brought to the project with a deal containing an option to play the character in up to nine Marvel films.

Jackson said he does more in The Avengers than in any of the previous films: "You don't have to wait until the end of the movie to see me".

About the role, Jackson said, "It's always good to play somebody who is a positive in society as opposed to somebody who is a negative. . . I tried to make him as honest to the story and as honest to what real-life would seem."

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Jackson compared the character to Ordell in Jackie Brown, calling him "a nice guy to hang out with. You just don't want to cross him."

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Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson

An agent with S.H.I.E.L.D. who oversees many of the division's field operations. Gregg was cast as part of a multi-picture deal with Marvel.

Gregg said his role was expanded in The Avengers: "What Agent Coulson had become in terms of the import of this particular story, and how important his job is in bringing the Avengers together, it kind of felt a little surreal, like somebody was playing a prank and that wasn't the real script.

But it wasn't, it was the real thing, I got to show up and do that stuff, and it felt like such an amazing payoff to what the journey had been and the fact I had been doing it for five years."

Gregg said Whedon provided insight into his character's backstory, particularly about Coulson being a fan of Captain America.

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Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill

An agent with S.H.I.E.L.D. who works closely with Jackson's Nick Fury. Smulders, whom Joss Whedon once considered for his unproduced live-action Wonder Woman film, was selected from a short list of potential actresses including Morena Baccarin.

Smulders' deal would integrate her into nine films. Regarding her preparation, Smulders said, "I hired this amazing black-ops trainer to teach me how to hold a gun, take me to a shooting range, how to hit, how to hold myself, how to walk and basically how to look.

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I don't do a ton of fighting in the movie, which is why I wasn't offered a trainer, but I wanted to look like I had the ability to."

On relating to the character, Smulders said, "I can relate to her being a mom and being a businesswoman and trying to work full-time and raising a family and having a career. We're asked to do a lot of things these days. I feel she is just all about her job and keeping things going."

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The Avengers - 2012 | Story and Screenshots

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An Indian slum, a little girl runs through the crowd, trying to force a way through. At a tiny shack. The little girl runs up the steps, only to bestopped by an attending woman. Then, the little girl spots him Bruce Banner, their local doctor. She implores them her father needs a doctor.

Banner looks behind him seeing how the girl is staring at a few people, lying down, looking very sick. The little girl holds all the money she has in the world. In the slums, Banner and the little girl hastily run nearly to the edge of town. The little girl gets ahead of herself.

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Banner spots a local government car, he turns around, blocking any view of his. At the little girl´┐Żs shack, Banner quickly follows her inside her house. As he walks in, the little girl escapes through the window. Banner is left standing there like a dumbass, he's been duped.

Banner: Should have got paid up front, Banner.

Natasha then appears from behind the curtains. Banner turns around, quietly.

Romanoff: You know, for a man who's supposed to be avoiding stress, you picked a hell of a place to settle.

Banner: Avoiding stress isn't the secret.

Romanoff: Then, what is it? Yoga?

Banner: You brought me to the edge of the city, smart. I uh... assume the whole place is surrounded?

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Romanoff: Just you and me.

Banner: And your actress buddy, is she a spy too? Do they start that young?

Romanoff: I did.

Banner: Who are you?

Romanoff: Natasha Romanoff.

Banner: Are you here to kill me, Miss Romanoff? Because that's not gonna work out for everyone.

Romanoff: No. No. Of course not. I'm here on behalf of SHIELD.

Banner: SHIELD. How did they find me?

Romanoff: We never lost you, doctor. We've kept our distance, even helped keep some other interested parties off your scent.

Banner: Why?

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Romanoff: Nick Fury seems to trust you. But now I need you to come in.

Banner: What if I said no?

Romanoff: I'll persuade you.

Banner: And what if the... other guy says no?

Romanoff: You've been more than a year without an incident. I don't think you wanna break that streak.

Banner: I don't get always what I want.

Romanoff: Doctor, we're facing a potential global catastrophe.

Banner: Well, THOSE I actively try to avoid.

Romanoff: This is the Tesseract.

She shows him a photo of the Tesseract on her cell phone.

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Banner takes a closer look.

Romanoff: It has the potential energy to wipe out the planet.

Banner: What does Fury want me to do? Swallow it?

Romanoff: Well, he wants you to find it. It's been taken. It omits a gamma signature that's too weak for us to trace. There's no one that knows gamma radiation like you do. If there was, that's where I'd be.

Banner: So Fury isn't after the monster?

Romanoff: Not that he's told me.

Banner: And he tells you everything?

Romanoff: Talk to Fury, he needs you on this.

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Banner: He needs me in a cage?

Romanoff: No one's gonna put you in a...

Suddenly, Banner shouts at her with great anger.


The thunderous tone of his voice makes Natasha quickly grab her gun and points it at him. But something is now off in the atmosphere. Banner stands straight up, smiling.

Banner: I'm sorry, that was mean. I just wanted to see what you'd do. Why don't we do this the easy way, where you don't use that, and the other guy doesn't make a mess? Okay?

Natasha, still wary, doesn't lower her gun.

Banner: Natasha?

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She lowers her gun and speaks into her earpiece . . .

Romanoff: Stand down. We're good here.

Banner [looks at Natasha in amusement]: Just you and me?

Outside the little girl's shack, amazingly, dozens of SHIELD agents are surrounding the shack outside.

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In the SHIELD Analytical Room, Fury is facing several large monitors as he has a conference with members of the World Security Council. They are displeased with Fury activating the Avenger Initiative . . .

Councilman 1: This is out of line, Director. You're dealing with forces you can't control.

Fury: You ever been in a war, Councilman? In a firefight? Did you feel an over-abundance of control?

Councilmanv 1: You're saying that this Asgard has declared war on our planet?

Fury: Not Asgard, Loki!

Councilman 2: He can't be working alone. What about the other one, his brother?

Fury: Our intelligence says, Thor is not a hostile. But he's worlds away, we can't depend on him to help either. It's up to us.

Councilman 1: Which is why you should be focusing on Phase 2, it was designed for exactly...

Fury: Phase 2 isn't ready, our enemy is. We need a response team.

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In Brooklyn, somewhere in an old, almost WWII-esque boxing gym, Steve Rogers, a man out of time, the First Avenger, Captain America is pummeling a punching bag. With every swing, it´┐Żs like a memory he´┐Żs trying to fight off and repress.

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FLASHBACK: Captain America is running through the forest, dodging mortars,gunfire and the Tesseract´┐Żs energy firearms.

Steve´┐Żs rage keeps building as he punches the bag. It gets harder.

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FLASHBACK: Horen H. XVIII, Red Skull's ship, Steve places his compass with an image of Peggy Carter. The time is here for him to crash the plane.

Steve closes his eyes. Goes at the bag harder.

FLASHBACK: The Red Skull picks up the Tesseract.

Steve opens his eyes and fuckin´┐Ż tears the bag as the last memory kicks in.

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FLASHBACK: A half frozen Steve Roger is lying down on a medical slab. Two SHIELD scientists run over hi-tech devices to see if his vitals are up. And it seems he's alive.

Steve tears the bag open, off its chain, spilling out the sand. He stands, breathing hard, letting out 70 years overrepressed feeling. After taking a few breathers, Steve picks up another punching bag, which is laying next to a row of more bags. He hooks the bag up and starts punching again. Fury walks in.

Fury: Trouble sleeping?

Rogers: I slept for 70 years, sir. I think I've had my fill. . . . When I went under, the world was at war. I wake up, they say we won. They didn't say what we lost.

Fury: We've made some mistakes along the way. Some, very recently.

Rogers: Are you here with a mission, sir?

Fury: I am.

Rogers: Trying to get me back in the world?

Fury: Trying to save it.

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Fury hands Steve a file on Tesseract, along with other files on HYDRA´┐Żs projects.

Rogers: HYDRA's secret weapon.

Fury: Howard Stark fished that out of the ocean when he was looking for you. He thought what we think: the Tesseract could be the key to unlimited sustainable energy. That's something the world sorely needs.

Rogers: Who took it from you?

Fury: He's called Loki. He's not from around here. There's a lot we'll have to bring you up to speed on if you're in. The world has gotten even stranger than you already know.

Rogers: At this point, I doubt anything would surprise me.

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Fury: Ten bucks says you're wrong. There's a debriefing packet waiting for you at your apartment. Is there anything you can tell us about the Tesseract that we ought to know now?

Steve turns and picks up a punching bag, starts walking out of the gym . . .

Rogers: You should have left it in the ocean.

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Out in the Atlantic Ocean, Tony Stark, in his Iron Man suit, is cutting a pipeline transport with a laser cutter coming from his hand. He then places a Stark Energy Reactor. It lights up. Iron Man rockets out of the water and flies towards Stark Tower. Inside the suit, Pepper appears on his HUD monitor. They are working on an energy system to power the building.

Stark: You're good on this end. The rest is up to you.

Potts [on the other line]: You disconnected the transition lines? Are we off the grid?

Stark: Stark Tower is about to become a beacon of self-sustaining clean energy.

Potts: Wow. So maybe our reactor takes over and it actually works?

Stark: I assume. Light her up.

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As Iron Man flies to the Stark Tower building, the power is switched on and the Stark sign lights up.

Potts: How does it look?

Stark: Like Christmas, but with more . . . me.

Tony arrives at his skyscraper penthouse and is in the process of taking off his Iron Man suit through a hi-tech gauntlet of gadgets. Jarvis, Stark's A.I., informs him SHIELD is on the line, but Stark ignores the call.

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In the penthouse, Pepper Potts stares up at the monitors looking at the reactor device.

Potts: Levels are holding steady... I think.

Stark: Of course they are, I was directly involved. Which brings me to my next question: how does it feel to be a genius?

Potts: Well, ha, I really wouldn't know now, would I?

Stark: What do you mean? All this came from you.

Potts: No. All this came from that.

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She points to the energy in his chest plate.

Stark: Give yourself some credit, please. Stark Tower is your baby. Give yourself... 12% of the credit.

Potts: Twelve percent?

Stark: An argument can be made for fifteen.

Potts: Twelve percent for my baby?

Stark: Well, I did do all the heavy lifting. Literally, I lifted the heavy things. And sorry, but the security snafu? That was on you.

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Pepper pours herself and Tony a glass of champagne.

Potts: Oooooh.

Stark: My private elevator...

Potts: You mean OUR elevator?

Stark: It was teeming with sweaty workmen. I'm going to pay for that comment about percentages in some subtle way later, aren't I?

Potts: Not gonna be that subtle.

Stark: I'll tell you what. Next building's gonna say 'Potts' on the tower.

Potts: On the lease.

Stark: ...Call your mom, can you bunk over?

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Jarvis chimes in again reporting his protocols are being overwritten. It's Coulson on the phone, but Tony again ignores him.

Coulson [via phone]: Mr Stark, we need to talk.

Stark: You have reached the life model decoy of Tony Stark, please leave a message.

Coulson: This is urgent.

Stark: Then leave it urgently.

Coulson enters Stark's penthouse, hanging up his cellphone.

Stark: Security breach. [to Pepper] That's on you.

Coulson: Mr Stark.

Potts: Phil! Come in.

Stark: "Phil?" Uh, his first name is "Agent."

Potts: Come on in. We're celebrating.

Stark: Which is why he can't stay.

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