Disney's D23: 'The Avengers' footage reveals angry Iron Man and Nick Fury


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Disney fans have been Avenged.

It was a shock to many comics fans that The Avengers didn’t have a presence at Comic-Con last month, but Disney (which now owns Marvel) was saving its debut of footage from that movie for its own geek-gathering: D23.

Named for the year Uncle Walt founded his upstart animation company, the convention – held in Anaheim, Calif., of course – brought thousands of the mouse-faithful to its showcase of upcoming movies. The grand finale: that little movie uniting Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, The Hulk, and Nick Fury.


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A partial line-up of stars came to wave to the crowd, but didn’t say much: (from left) Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, who plays the villainous Loki, Cobie Smulders (playing a new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent), Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Hemsworth. “We’re happy to be down here visiting our parents in Anaheim,” Downey joked.

The news was the footage they showed …

While much of the plot remains under wraps (look for an EW cover story next month to reveal First Look photos and exclusive details of the story), D23 attendees got to see snippets of two tense scenes between Nick Fury and Loki, and Iron Man alter-ego Tony Stark and the god-gone-wild.

The first sequence featured an imprisoned (or is he still somehow in control?) Loki, locked in a cylindrical glass and steel cell on board the S.H.I.E.L.D. hellicarrier.

“You try to escape you so much as scratch that glass …” Fury says, throwing a switch that opens a gaping vortex into a gray rainstorm. “30,000 feet, straight down in a steel trap.”


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Loki smiles. “It’s an impressive cage, but not built for me.”

“Built for something a lot stronger than you,” Fury snaps back.

We cut to Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill watching the exchange on a monitor.  The cage is meant for Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) when he Hulks out and needs a time-out. Loki seems to know all about this, and smirks: “How desperate are you, to call on such lost creatures to defend you?”

“How desperate am I?” Fury growls. “You threaten my world with war. You steel a force you can’t control. You talk about peace, but you kill because its fun… ”

Loki is unaffected. “It burns you to be so close,” he says. “To have the tesseract (that cosmic cube from Odin’s court that was the source of all the fighting in Captain America). To have power. And for what? A warm light for all mankind to share.” Loki’s smile fades: “Allow me to remind you of what real power is.”

Fury waves him off and descends some steel steps, leaving Loki alone in the empty chamber. “Well, let me know if ‘Real Power’ wants a magazine or something.”

Loki glowers at a camera monitoring him, and the movie cuts to Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner. “He really grows on you doesn’t he?”


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The second scene is a conversation between Tony Stark and Loki, apparently… in Stark’s private bar? In any case, Tony’s having a drink.

“Let’s do a head count,” Stark says, as the camera cuts to shots of Renner and Johansson as Hawkeye and Black Widow. “Two world class assassins …”

Cut to Thor: “A demigod …”

Cut to Captain America: “A living legend who actually lives up to the legend …”

Now we’re back with Loki and Stark: “And you, big fella!” Stark says. “You’ve managed to piss off every single one of them!”

“I have an army,” Loki snarls.

Stark gets right in the villainous god’s face. “We have a Hulk.”

Boom! Commence cheering!

We’ll see exactly what’s going on in those scenes when it opens May 4.

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  • Jose

    Any news on the upcoming Pixar movies?

    As exciting as the Avengers stuff is, Pixar was also supposed to reveal what their mystery projects would be.

  • Simon Pigg

    It would be great if they have a pre-credits mini-adventure opening sequence like with the James Bond movies to ground the movie in reality with the Avengers and the rebels in Libya fighting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces or the Avengers and the police in England fighting the rioters.

  • LOL

    And you know Downey just rocked that scene. He is Tony Stark in so many ways.

    • John

      Since when is Hawkeye a “world class assassin”?

      • Abbie Hoffmans Ghost

        Since they decided they wanted the more edgy “Ultimates” look to the current Marvel slate of movies. Wait until “Avengers 2,” when they bring Spider-Man into the fold, only to kill him off at the end of the movie and do the end credit teaser showing the Hispanic black kid that’s replacing him. Oh! How modern of them! Anything to suck up to the kids kissing Bendis’ ass.

      • Lyrad Llavots

        Cuz he’s based on the ULTIMATE’S version of Hawkeye – A TOTAL BADAZZ!

      • Koga

        WTF? Bring in Ultimate Spider-Man? What the heck are you smoking? They don’t have the rights to Spidey, Sony does, and he won’t be in the Avengers sequel, and isn’t even a classic Avenger. Also, Ultimates isn’t Bendis, it’s Millar.

      • duango

        I think you completely missed Mr. Hoffman’s sarcasm. Chump.

      • Jarvis

        If memory serves, since Tales Of Suspense #57.

      • PDDB

        Hawkeye was ready to skewer Thor in the latter’s movie while Thor was trying to retrieve his hammer. Makes sense to keep him as the Ultimates version rather than the Robin Hood – kind of hero.

    • DDubSolider

      Yep. This movie will be THE BOMB

    • PDDB

      I totally enjoyed the Stark/Loki exchange!

  • Matt

    “You STEEL a force you can’t control.”

    Can I have a job writing for you guys now? Pretty please?

    • Jen

      Don’t forget:

      ‘You talk about peace, but you kill because ITS fun…’

    • JenH

      Also, “You talk about peace, but you kill because its fun… ” Umm…missing an apostrophe! Ugh. So sick of seeing these mistakes on reputable entertainment websites.

      • JenH

        HA! Great Jens think alike.

    • greg

      Sigh. Copyediting is a dying art . . . .

    • Jenn

      Ha! I gave them the benefit of the doubt on that one, and thought “Interesting. Is he providing a force with armor, and thus steeling them? Or is the training steeling them?” Didn’t occur to me that it was a misspelling!

    • CitizenOfAsgard

      Looks like all of you better crack open your dictionary………..or look this up @ Dictionary.com. The word STEEL is being used in verb tense, and if you look at the synonyms, some other words that could have been used would be words like “strengthen” or “prepare”. Know of what you speak before commenting.

      Class dismissed.

  • Megan

    Wow…that sounds like really trite, undercooked dialogue. Wasn’t Whedon supposed to be this brilliant wordsmith?

    • Koga

      Whedon is a god with dialogue. It’ll have a good script. It’ll also sound better when spoken, not read

      • Mikey

        The kind of god that writes ridiculous lines about toads getting hit by lightning, right? Because if that “X-Men” gem is any indication, Whedon isn’t even a minor deity of dialogue.

      • Leithen

        A lot of people say that, but I can’t agree. This is the guy that wrote the “I’m an underbaked cookie” episode of Buffy.

      • Carmela

        Mikey, watch any episode of “Firefly”. You’ll feel much better about “The Avengers”. I promise, Joss won’t disappoint if he’s given any freedom at all on this.

      • Jono

        Mikey, you’re ridiculous. Joss didn’t write the stupid toad line. The only exchange of Whedon’s that survived X-Men’s multiple revisions and screenwriters was the one that got the biggest laugh (it involved Wolverine calling cyclops a d-ck). Also, ever heard of a little screenplay Whedon wrote called TOY STORY? Guy IS a god of dialogue.

      • daisy

        You Joss haters are just too stupid to get the jokes. Doesn’t make him a bad writer but it does make you pathetic.

      • jodipo

        He wrote an unused script for Xmen, so he didn’t write that silly line. Also, the cookie dough analogy is great!

        I am an admitted Whedonite of course, but there is a reason he has such loyal fans. It is because his writing is funny and sad and wonderful

      • Asha

        I’m jumping on the Whedon love train here. The man has written some of the most moving, heartbreaking, empowering, funny, episodes of television I’ve ever seen. I have total faith that anything he writes will be fantastic.

      • ash

        Joss Whedon did write Halle Berry’s toad line but her delivery of it was wrong. It should have been more deadpan.

    • Greee

      “Wow…that sounds like really trite, undercooked dialogue. Wasn’t Whedon supposed to be this brilliant wordsmith?”

      Look at me! I’ve read a couple of transcribed lines of dialogue from a scene I didn’t see and I am stepping off my high horse to declare Joss Whedon — whose work I have otherwise never seen — as an emperor with no clothes!

    • Fart Cannon

      Of course he is! Didn’t you watch the Buffy show? <– Now THAT is some half-assed sarcasm.

  • JJ

    Who needs copy editoring? This are teh intarwebz!

  • João Paulo – Brasil

    So epic this line “We have a Hulk”

    • Justin Poppiti


  • Javadude54

    “You steel a force you can’t control.”? Really, EW?

  • Cuz

    Maybe Loki brought back the Sparta 300 and dipped them in Steele or something?

  • co.lor.ful

    Oooooh I can feel it already – RDJ is going to OWN this movie left, right and centre.

  • Oswald

    AVENGERS did have a presence at Comic-Con— the MARVEL booth was the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, they gave out AVENGERS Concept Art posters and logo’ed t-shirts, and director Joss Whedon signed the Movie Teaser posters for a limited number of fans. (Not to mention that AVENGERS co-star Captain America, Chris Evans, was also at the Con.)

    Seems to me like SDCC 2011 had a LOT MORE
    “Avengers” presence than D23 did today.

    • Julie

      Actually, this is a pretty accurate statement. I went to Comic Con this year and was also at D23 today. While the footage was really freakin’ cool, I was horribly disappointed with Disney’s method of presenting. There are no fun panels with the cast. They were paraded out like circus animals and would smile and wave to the crowd, sometimes doing a highly rehearsed Q&A to tell everyone what their movies are about.

      When you go to Comic Con, you feel like you’re in a nerd brotherhood. You don’t care that you’ve been in line since “ridiculous o’clock.” It feels kindred and, while the studios are there to market their films, it doesn’t feel like they’re selling something to you. It’s more like they’re just sharing something with you. It’s fun!

      The D23 presentations felt like that. A presentation. Yes, cool footage. Yes, celebrities (who said very little). But pretty cut and dry. By the end, I had heard the word “awesome” so many times, I was sick of the word. “Here’s our movie. It’s AWESOME!” It felt like mindless pandering.

      There was also no Marvel presence on the exhibit floor.

      After experiencing both, I’d easily say I’d rather sleep out all night to get into an SDCC panel than deal with the three hours I waited in line for today’s panels (after having to upgrade to a membership to get into a ‘priority’ line – general admission line didn’t get in at all).

  • Justin Poppiti

    I am really looking forward to seeing this movie.

  • MWeyer

    Saw the leaked footage of Evans fighting guys in motion-capture suits weilding funky weapons and if the Skrulls are in this, I’m over the moon.

  • JaySin420


  • Michael

    I hope Uma Thurman reprises her role from the original.

    • Tony

      Lol. Love it.

      • Monty


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