Nick Fury, the director of the espionage firm called S.H.I.E.L.D. shows up at Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., a remote research center, throughout an evacuation. His second-in-command, Maria Hill, explains that the Tesseract, a self-sufficient energy source of unidentified potential, has actually triggered and opened a portal through space, from which the banished Asgardian prince Loki, steps through. Loki takes the Tesseract, and utilizes a sceptre to control the minds of numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. workers including Agent Clint Barton, and physicist consultant Dr. Erik Selvig in order to assist in his getaway.

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In reaction, Fury reactivates the Avengers Initiative. Agent Natasha Romanoff recruits Dr. Bruce Banner in India, while Agent Phil Coulson sees Tony Stark and demands that he reviews Selvig’s research study. Fury himself approaches Steve Rogers with a task to retrieve the Tesseract from Loki; Rogers is familiar with the Tesseract as it played an essential role in his World War II exploits.

Romanoff, Coulson, Rogers, and Banner satisfy on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier prior to it goes airborne. Dr. Banner is escorted to his laboratory after a quick meeting with Fury; Banner has been sought advice from to trace the gamma signature that the Tesseract radiates. After investing some time tracking the location of the Tesseract on the Helicarrier, a man of Loki’s description lies in Europe.

Iron Man, Captain America, and Romanoff travel to Stuttgart, Germany to capture Loki, who, with the help of a mind-controlled Barton, is taking iridium had to stabilize the Tesseract and requiring praise. After a fight with the heroes, Loki surrenders and is being gone back to the Helicarrier in the Quinjet. Thor, Loki’s adoptive bro and the Asgardian god of thunder, tries to free Loki and reason with him. After a conflict with Iron Man and Captain America, Thor accompanies them to lock up Loki on the Helicarrier.

After Loki is put into the cell initially planned for the Hulk, Thor reveals to the team that Loki is allied with the Chitauri, a effective and technologically-advanced extraterrestrial race unidentified to both Earth and Asgard. In return for winning him the Earth, Loki has actually pomised them the Tesseract. Stark has J.A.R.V.I.S. hack into the S.H.I.E.L.D. database while he works with Dr. Banner. Rogers is less than delighted at Stark’s behavior and informs the 2 researchers to resume their work and examines Phase Two, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s supersecret weapons program. Romanoff speaks individually with Loki, and ultimately finds that he prepares on using the Hulk as a way of dismembering the team.

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These things come to light, the Avengers are divided over how to deal with Loki and the discovery that S.H.I.E.L.D. plans to harness the Tesseract’s power to develop weapons. Fury admits that the occasions in New Mexico a year prior made S.H.I.E.L.D. familiar with other extraterrestrial races that might threaten Earth. Defense developed from the Tesseract would form a means of deterrence. As the group argues, Barton and Loki’s had representatives assault the Helicarrier, disabling its engines. As Iron Man and Captain America effort to restart the damaged engines, Banner transforms into the Hulk, regardless of Romanoff’s efforts to calm him, and runs amok inside the ship, quickly battling Thor.

Throughout a fight with Barton, Romanoff finds that knocking him unconscious breaks Loki’s mind control. Loki leaves his cell with the help of a possessed agent and traps Thor in the cell. Coulson challenges Loki in an effort to rescue Thor, and Loki then stabs Coulson through his back with his staff prior to ejecting Thor from the ship. Fury confronts the expiring Coulson, who hopes his death can be used to encourage the Avengers into working as a group.

Stark and Rogers exercise that Loki will orchestrate the alien intrusion at Stark’s New York-based home, Stark Tower, which beating them will not suffice for Loki; he needs to overpower them in a public method so regarding validate himself as ruler of Earth. Utilizing a Tesseract-powered interdimensional generator Selvig has actually developed, Loki opens a website to the Chitauri fleet over Manhattan, summoning an intrusion. The Avengers rally in defense of New York, but quickly conclude they will be overwhelmed as wave after wave of Chitauri and Leviathans descend. The Avengers keep their ground to hold back the intrusion and leave civilians while the Hulk beats Loki into submission. Romanoff makes her method to Selvig’s gadget, where Selvig, devoid of Loki’s control, exposes that Loki’s staff can be utilized to close the website.

Fury’s superiors try to end the invasion by releasing a nuclear missile at Manhattan. In spite of Agent Hill and Fury’s orders to not fire, a rogue jet launches the missile at Manhattan. Iron Man intercepts it and takes it through the portal towards the Chitauri fleet before lacking power and plummeting back to Earth. The Hulk captures him as he falls. The Avengers then capture Loki, who is still weak from his encounter with the Hulk. News channels confirm the legitimacy of the extraterrestrial attack and some Americans concern the Avengers with appreciation and thanks while others call for their arrests. Thor escorts Loki and the Tesseract back to Asgard to take obligation for his criminal activities. Fury notes that the Avengers will go their different ways till such time as a brand-new world-threatening menace emerges.

In the very first post-credits scene, The Other informs his master that human beings are not the “trembling scalawags” they were assured which attacking Earth again “would be to court Death”. His master, Thanos turns and smiles.

In a 2nd post-credits scene, the Avengers– gathered at a shawarma dining establishment and looking a bit even worse for the wear– eat in silence.

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