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Principal photography began on April 25, 2011, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In June 2011, stuntman Jeremy Fitzgerald injured his head while attempting a stunt involving a 30-foot fall from a building after getting hit by an arrow.

A Marvel spokesperson later told TMZ.com that despite the injury, Fitzgerald recovered and continued working on set. The following month, secondary filming took place about an hour outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the Butler area.

A chase sequence was also shot in Worthington, Pennsylvania at Creekside Mushroom Farms, the world's largest single-site mushroom farm, which provided 150 miles of abandoned limestone tunnels 300 feet below the ground for filming.

Production relocated to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011, where filming transpired over a period of four weeks. The city's East 9th Street was chosen as a double for New York City's 42nd Street to be used in climactic battle scenes.

Army Reserve soldiers assigned to the Columbus, Ohio-based 391st Military Police Battalion provided background action during the battle scenes in Cleveland.

Staff Sergeant Michael T. Landis stated the use of real soldiers made the scenes more realistic and helped portray the military in a more positive light, explaining that, "It's easy for us to make on-the-spot corrections to tactics and uniforms, the director actually took our recommendation on one scene and let us all engage the enemy as opposed to only the gunners in the trucks engaging".

A series of explosions were filmed at the Chevrolet powertrain plant in Parma, Ohio as part of the battle sequence that began in Cleveland. Scenes from the film were also shot on Public Square and the Detroit�Superior Bridge.

Filming also took place in the large vacuum chamber at the NASA Plum Brook Station near Sandusky, Ohio. The station's Space Power Facility was used to portray a S.H.I.E.L.D. research facility.

Public Square's southwest quadrant was turned into Stuttgart, Germany, for filming. Principal photography concluded in New York City, where filming occurred over two days. Filming locations in New York City included Park Avenue and Central Park.

For scenes taking place in Manhattan, visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison shot aerial footage for over three days to use as background plates, elaborating that his main objective was to "get as much aerial work in as possible for the audience to see the big expanses, the wide establishing shots, while also making sure that the effects work doesn't look too computer generated".

"We're getting much better at making entirely computer generated environ- ments," Morrison explained, "but there is no substitute for starting with a real image and adding what you need."

Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey stated that he composed the frame with an 1.85:1 aspect ratio to cope with the varying heights of the main characters, explaining that "shooting 1.85:1 is kind of unusual for an epic film like this, but we needed the height in the screen to be able to frame in all the characters like Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow, who is much smaller.

We had to give them all precedence and width within the frame. Also, Joss Whedon knew the final battle sequence was going to be this extravaganza in Manhattan, so the height and vertical scale of the buildings was going to be really important."

The film was McGarvey's first venture shooting with a digital camera, the Arri Alexa. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon EOS 7D digital SLR cameras were used for some shots, and high-speed shots were captured on 35 mm film with the Arriflex 435.

About his visual approach, McGarvey remarked, "Joss and I were keen on having a very visceral and naturalistic quality to the image. We wanted this to feel immersive and did not want a 'comic book look' that might distance an audience with the engagement of the film.

We moved the camera a lot on Steadicam, cranes and on dollies to create kinetic images; and we chose angles that were dramatic, like low angles for heroic imagery."


In December 2011, Disney announced that the film would be converted to 3D. Said Whedon, "I'm not a big fan of extreme long lens, talky movies � I like to see the space I'm in and relate to it, so 3D kinda fits my aesthetic anyway.

And the technology has advanced so far in the past couple years." Whedon also said that "there definitely are movies that shouldn't be in 3D" but "The Avengers isn't obnoxiously 3D.

There's no, 'Oh look, we're going to spend 20 minutes going through this tunnel because it's in 3D!' And no one is pointing at the screen the entire time. But it's an action movie. Things tend to hurtle toward the screen anyway".

In January 2012, it was reported that the film would be digitally remastered for IMAX 3D and open in IMAX theaters on May 4, 2012, the same day it opens in regular theaters. The film's IMAX release follows Marvel's IMAX releases of Iron Man 2 and Thor.

In a May 2012 interview, Whedon said that it was his decision to include Thanos in a post-credits scene, although the character is not identified in the film. "He for me is the most powerful and fascinating Marvel villain.

He's the great grand daddy of the badasses and he's in love with Death and I just think that's so cute. For me, the greatest Avengers [comic book] was Avengers Annual #7 (1977) that Jim Starlin did followed by Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2 (1977) that contained the death of Adam Warlock.

Those were some of the most important texts and I think underrated milestones in Marvel history and Thanos is all over that, so somebody had to be in control and had to be behind Loki's work and I was like 'It's got to be Thanos.'

And they said 'Okay' and I'm like 'Oh my God!'" An additional coda involving the Avengers eating shawarma was shot on April 12, 2012, a day after the world premiere. Shawarma sales in Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Boston reportedly skyrocketed in the days following the film's release.

The film contains more than 2,200 visual effects shots completed by 14 companies: Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Weta Digital, Scanline VFX, Hydraulx, Fuel VFX, Evil Eye Pictures, Luma Pictures, Cantina Creative, Trixter, Modus FX, Whiskytree, Digital Domain, The Third Floor and Method Design.

ILM was the lead vendor and shared responsibility for creating many of the film's key effects, including the Helicarrier, the New York cityscape, digital body doubles, Iron Man and the Hulk.

To create the on-screen Hulk, Ruffalo performed in a motion-capture suit on set with the other actors while four motion-capture HD cameras (two full body, two focused on his face) captured his face and body movements.

Jeff White, ILM's visual effects supervisor, said, "We really wanted to utilize everything we've developed the last 10 years and make it a pretty spectacular Hulk. One of the great design decisions was to incorporate Mark Ruffalo into the look of him.

So, much of Hulk is based on Ruffalo and his performance, not only in motion capture and on set, but down to his eyes, his teeth, and his tongue." ILM digitally recreated the vast majority of the New York cityscape used in the film.

In total, ILM artists rendered an area of about ten city blocks by about four city blocks. To do this, ILM sent out a team of four photographers to take pictures of the area in a shoot that lasted 8 weeks.

Disney and Sony Pictures agreed for OsCorp Tower from The Amazing Spider-Man to be included in the film, but the idea was dropped because much of the skyline had already been completed. Weta Digital took over duties for animating Iron Man during the forest duel from ILM.

Guy Williams, Weta's visual effects supervisor, said, "We shared assets back and forth with ILM, but our pipelines are unique and it's hard for other assets to plug into it. But in this case, we got their models and we had to redo the texture spaces because the way we texture maps is different."

Williams said the most difficult part was re-creating Iron Man's reflective metal surfaces. Scanline VFX completed the reveal shots of the Helicarrier, from the moment Black Widow and Captain America arrive on the carrier deck to the point where it lifts off.

Evil Eye Pictures composited digital backgrounds into shots filmed against a greenscreen for scenes taking place inside the Helicarrier.

Colin Strause of Hydraulx said, "We did the opening ten minutes of the movie, other than the opening set-up in space" including Loki's arrival on Earth and subsequent escape from the S.H.I.E.L.D. base.

Luma Pictures worked on shots featuring the Helicarrier's bridge and incorporated the graphic monitor displays that were developed by Cantina Creative. Fuel VFX completed shots taking place in and around Tony Stark's penthouse at Stark Tower.

Resources: scribd.com, imdb.com,
Wikipedia.org, bluscreens.net

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Thor, Loki's half-brother and the Norse God of thunder, arrives and frees Loki so he can reason with him on his own. Stark suits up to chase Thor and Loki.

Rogers: Stark, we need a plan of attack!

Stark: I have a plan: attack!

Captain America puts on a parachute to go follow after Thor, Loki and Iron Man.

Romanoff: I'd sit this one out, Cap.

Rogers: I don't see how I can.

Romanoff: These guys come from legend. They're basically gods.

Rogers: There's only one God, ma'am, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't dress like that.

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Captain America leaps out of the Quinjet. Thor lands with Loki, on a mountainside.

Thor: Where is the Tesseract?

Loki [laughs]: I missed you too.

Thor: Do I look to be in a gaming mood?

Loki: Oh, you should thank me. With the Bifrost gone, how much dark energy did the Allfather have to muster to conjure you here, your precious Earth?

Thor: I thought you dead.

Loki: Did you mourn?

Thor: We all did. Our father...

Loki: YOUR father! He DID tell you my true parentage, did he not?

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, I who was and should be king!

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Thor: So you take the world I love as recompense for your imagined slights? No, the Earth is under MY protection, Loki!

Loki [laughs]: And you're doing a marvelous job with that! The humans slaughter each other in droves, while you ideally threat. I mean to rule them. And why should I not?

Thor: You think yourself above them?

Loki: Well, yes.

Thor: Then you miss the truth of ruling, brother. A throne would suit you ill.

Loki: I've seen worlds you've never known about! I have grown, Odin's Son, in my exile! I have seen the true power of the Tesseract, and when I wield it...

Thor: Who showed you this power? Who controls the would-be-king?

Loki: I AM a king!

Thor: Not here! You give up the Tesseract! You give up this pointless dream!... You come home.

Loki: ...I don't have it.

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Thor threatens Loki with his hammer.

Loki: You need the cube to bring me home, but I've sent it off, I know not where.

Thor: You listen well, brother. I . . .

Thor is knocked off the mountain by Iron Man who tackles him in mid-flight.

Loki: I'm listening.

Thor: Do not touch me again!

Stark: Then don't take my stuff.

Thor: You have no idea what you are dealing with.

Stark: Uh, Shakespeare in The Park? Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?

Thor: This is beyond you, metal man. Loki will face Asgardian justice.

Stark: He gives up the Cube, he's all yours. Until then, stay out of the way, tourist.

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A mighty battle between Thor and Iron Man begins. Round one, they knock each other flat with their respective weapons. Loki is enjoying the battle from above on the mountainside, a ringside seat. Thor then uses his hammer to call down a bolt of lightning and directs it at Iron Man. His metal suit lights up like a neon sign.

Jarvis: Power at four-hundred percent capacity.

Stark: How about that?

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Their battle decimates the woods around them. Crushing blows are exchanged between the two. Then . . . Captain America throws his shield between Iron Man and Thor, stopping their fight in the woods.

Rogers: Hey! That's enough!

Captain America looks at Thor.

Rogers: Now, I don't know what you plan on doing here.

Thor: I've come here to put and end to Loki's schemes!

Rogers: Then prove it! Put the hammer down.

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Stark: Um, yeah, no! Bad call! He loves his hammer!

Thor knocks Iron Man back with his hammer.

Thor [to Cap]: You want me to put the hammer down?

Captain America ducks and holds up his shield as Thor leaps at him, blocking Thor's blow. The impact of the hammer on the vibranium shield creates a massive shockwave, knocking Thor off his feet.

Rogers: Are we done here?

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Eventually, Loki is taken to the helicarrier and placed in a glass cell. Fury is visiting an imprisoned Loki.

Fury: In case it's unclear, if you try to escape, you so much as scratch that glass...

Fury hits a button on the machine and opens metal iris panels around the chamber.

Fury: ...it's 30,000 feet straight down in a steel trap. You get how that works? Ant... boot.

Loki: It's an impressive cage. Not built, I think, for me.

Fury: Built for something a lot stronger than you.

Loki: Oh, I've heard. The mindless beast, makes play he's still a man. How desperate are you, that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?

Fury: How desperate am I? You threaten my world with war. You steal a force you can't hope to control. You talk about peace and you kill 'cause it's fun. You have made me VERY desperate. You might not be glad that you did.

Loki: Ooh. It burns you to have come so close. To have the Tesseract, to have power, unlimited power. And for what? A warm light for all mankind to share. And then to be reminded what real power is.

Fury [walks away]: Well, let me know if "real power" wants a magazine or something.

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Later, in the helicarrier bridge/conference area, Banner, Romanoff, Rogers, and Thor are there . . .

Rogers: Thor, what's his play?

Thor: He has an army, called the Chitauri. They're not of Asgard or any world known. He means to lead them against your people. They will win him the Earth. In return, I suspect, for the Tesseract.

Rogers: An army. From outer space.

Banner: So he's building another portal. That's what he needs Erik Selvig for.

Thor: Selvig?

Banner: He's an astrophysicist.

Thor: He's a friend?

Romanoff: Loki has them under some kind of spell. Along with one of ours.

Rogers: I wanna know why Loki let us take him. He's not leading an army from here.

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Banner: I don't think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy's brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him.

Thor: Have a care how you speak! Loki is beyond reason, but he is of Asgard and he is my brother.

Romanoff: He killed eighty people in two days.

Thor: He's adopted.

Stark and Coulson join the group. As Stark walks by Thor, he pats him on the arm . . .

Stark: No hard feelings, Point Break. You've got a mean swing.

Stark jokes with the bridge crew . . .

Stark: Raise the mizzenmast. Jib the topsails. . . . That man is playing Galaga! Thought we wouldn't notice. But we did.

Tony turns his attention to the circle of monitors at Fury's station, covering one eye and looks around.

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Stark: How does Fury even see these?

Hill: He turns.

Stark: Sounds exhausting.

Tony explains that Loki needs a power source to kick-start the cube. As he talks, he discreetly detach a small device to one of the computers.

Hill: When did you become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics?

Stark: Last night. The packet. Selvig's notes, the extraction theory papers. Am I the only one who did the reading?

Rogers: Does Loki need any particular kind of power source?

Banner: He'd have to heat the cube to a hundred and twenty million Kelvin just to break through the Coulomb barrier.

Stark: Unless Selvig has figured out how to stabilize the quantum tunnelling effect.

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Banner: Well, if he could do that, he could achieve heavy ion fusion at any reactor on the planet.

Stark: Finally, someone who speaks English.

Rogers: Is that what just happened?

Stark and Banner shake hands.

Stark: It's good to meet you, Dr. Banner. Your work on anti-electron collisions is unparalleled. And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.

Banner: Thanks.

Fury joins the group . . .

Fury [to Stark]: Dr. Banner is only here to track the cube. I was hoping you might join him.

Rogers: Let's start with that stick of his. It may be magical, but it works an awful lot like a Hydra weapon.

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Fury: I don't know about that, but it is powered by the cube. And I'd like to know how Loki used it to turn two of the sharpest men I know into his personal flying monkeys.

Thor: Monkeys? I do not understand.

Rogers: I do!

Stark rolls his eyes, while Captain America looks proud of himself.

Rogers: I understood that reference.

Banner and Stark head off to the lab, the bridge crew member resumes his game of Galaga.

In the lab, Banner is performing tests on Loki's scepter.

Stark: You should come by Stark Tower sometime. Top 10 floors all R&D, you'd love it... it's candyland.

Banner: Thanks, but the last time I was in New York I kind of broke... Harlem.

Suddenly, Tony zaps Banner in the side with a little electric charger prod, Banner yelps. Stark stares at him, expecting a reaction, Banner laughs it off. Rogers walks in . . .

Rogers: Hey! Are you nuts?

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Stark: Jury's out. . . [to Banner]: You really have got a lid on it, haven't you? What's your secret? Mellow jazz? Bongo drums? Huge bag of weed?

Rogers: Is everything a joke to you?

Stark: Funny things are.

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Rogers lectures Stark about staying focused on the problems.

Stark: You think I'm not? Why did Fury call us in? Why now? Why not before? What isn't he telling us? I can't do the equation unless I have all the variables.

Rogers: You think Fury's hiding something?

Stark: He's a spy. Captain. He's THE spy. His secrets have secrets.

Rogers presses the hesitant Banner for his opinion, who wonders what SHIELD is doing in the energy business.

Stark: In a few hours I'll know every dirty secret S.H.I.E.L.D. has been trying to hide. Blueberry?

Rogers is surprised and considers Stark's ploy as underhanded.

Stark: An intelligence agency that fears intelligence? Historically, not awesome.

Rogers: We have orders, we should follow them.

Stark: Following's not really my style.

Rogers: And you're all about style, aren't you?

Stark: Of the people in this room, which one is A - wearing a spangly outfit and B - not of use?

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Rogers leaves, Stark and Banner return to their work. They discuss Loki and they will be suiting up to stop him. Banner claims it's different for him, his condition, his nightmare.

Stark: You know, I've got a cluster of shrapnel, trying every second to crawl its way into my heart.

Stark points at the mini-arc reactor in his chest.

Stark: This stops it. This little circle of light. It's part of me now, not just armor. It's a... terrible privilege.

Banner: But you can control it.

Stark: Because I learned how.

Banner: It's different.

Banner tries to read the computer screen, but Stark slides the data aside with his finger so the two can see face-to-face.

Stark: Hey, I've read all about your accident. That much gamma exposure should have killed you.

Banner: So you're saying that the Hulk... the other guy... saved my life? That's nice. It's a nice sentiment. Save it for what?

Stark: I guess we'll find out.

Banner and Stark get back to work at their respective computers.

Banner: You may not enjoy that.

Stark: You just might.

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Moments later, disturbed by what Stark had to say about SHIELD, Rogers decides to do some investigation on his own. He breaks into a SHIELD compartment and snoops around.

At Loki's underground lab, Selvig is preparing the stolen iridium.

At the Helicarrier, Thor is talking with Coulson, who helped him with securing safety for Jane Foster. Thor is appreciative for Coulson's efforts.

Thor: We on Asgard pretend that we are more advanced, but we come here battling like Bilgesnipe.

Coulson: Like what?

Thor: The Bilgesnipe, you know; huge, scaly, big antlers. You don't have those?

Coulson: Don't think so.

Thor: They are repulsive, and they trample everything in their path.

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