BabbleOn 5’s Noob Guide to the Avengers

Marvel’s The Avengers is only days away and while die-hard fans are more than ready for the latest addition to the ever expanding Marvel cinematic universe, it’s safe to assume that majority of moviegoers this weekend will be casual fans or even complete noobs (gasp!) to the overlapping story arcs and intricacies of the Avengers’ world. Marvel’s The Avengers is the culmination of five previous tie-in films (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger), so whether you’re one of the uninitiated, or just need a quick refresher, here’s a guide that will help you keep up with the action when you see the movie this weekend:
**SPOILER ALERT** This guide contains spoilers for the aforementioned tie-in movies. It is highly recommended that you watch those films before seeing Marvel’s The Avengers to fully appreciate the film and well because they’re all awesome.
***It should also be noted that this is a guide for the Marvel cinematic universe, not the comic book universe, so back off comic book experts.***

Iron Man
aka:
Tony Stark
Portrayed by: Robert Downey Jr.
Previous appearances: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk (post credits)
Abilities: genius level intellect, flight (in-suit), superhuman strength (in-suit), energy repulsors (in-suit)

What you need to know: A self described “ genius, billionaire playboy, philanthropist, that doesn’t play well with others.” Tony Stark is the CEO of Stark Industries, a weapons development company. The Iron Man suit (also known as the Mark VI armor) allows him to fly, have superhuman strength, shoot energy repulsor beams, and is equipped with a variety of weapons gadgets he designed himself. The suit is powered by a mini arc reactor, which provides virtually endless energy and keeps him alive by keeping shrapnel embedded in his body from entering his heart. He’s also known for his narcissism, penchant for cracking witty one-liners, and disregard for the rules.

Captain America
aka: Steve Rogers
Portrayed by: Chris Evans
Previous appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger
Abilities: Superhuman strength, rapid healing, hand-to-hand combat, field/war tactician, vibranium shield
What you need to know:
As the only successful result of a World War II super soldier experiment, Captain America was the first Avenger and hero of World War II. His iconic shield is made from the rare element, vibranium, and is capable of withstanding any impact. He is driven by strict sense of morals, justice, and duty as a soldier. To save New York from certain destruction, he crashed an enemy aircraft loaded with missiles into the Arctic and his body was lost for over half a century until it was recovered by SHIELD. However, because of his superhuman abilities, rather than dying, he remained frozen in a coma until awakening in the modern world.
The Hulk
aka: Dr. Bruce Banner
Portrayed by: Mark Ruffalo
Previous appearances: The Incredible Hulk
Abilities: genius level intellect, superhuman strength, speed, stamina, regeneration, durability . . .overall indestructibleness.
What you need to know:
Bruce Banner’s alter-ego, The Hulk, is the result of gamma-radiation poisoning due to an experiment gone awry. An expert scientist, Banner is normally mild-mannered and polite, but his transformation into The Hulk is triggered by physical excitement and anger. As of the end of The Incredible Hulk, he is in hiding and learning to control his transformation rather than repress it.
Thor
aka: The God of Thunder
Portrayed by: Chris Hemsworth
Previous appearances: Thor
Abilities: Superhuman strength, speed, endurance, healing, flight, lightning manipulation
What you need to know:
A demi-god from the realm of Asgard, Thor is the son of Odin and Loki’s (see below) adoptive brother. His Asgardian heritage gives him god like powers and he is the only being capable of wielding the hammer, Mjolnir, a weapon of legend from his home world. He was rendered powerless and banished to Earth by his father for his arrogance. After redeeming himself, he returned to Asgard to stop the machinations of his jealous brother, Loki, but remained trapped in Asgard, unable to return to Earth.

Black Widow
aka: Agent Natasha Romanoff
Portrayed by: Scarlet Johansson
Previous Appearances: Iron Man 2
Abilities: elite assassin, espionage, martial arts and hand-to-combat
What you need to know:
An agent for SHIELD, Black Widow is a world class spy and assassin. Little is known about her background (in the Marvel cinematic universe). She is an expert martial artist and also uses a variety of weaponry including mace, knockout gas, knives, and most notably distinctive wristlets that allow her to deliver an electric shock in close range combat. In Iron Man 2, she was tasked by SHIELD to go undercover to keep an eye on Tony Stark.
Hawkeye
aka: Agent Clint Barton
Portrayed by: Jeremy Renner
Previous appeances: Thor (uncredited cameo)
Abilities: master archer, weaponry, espionage, assassination, field combat
What you need to know:
Of all the Avengers characters, Hawkeye has had the least screen time and only appeared briefly during Thor. All that is known is that he is a high level agent for SHIELD and a master archer equipped with a variety of specialized arrows.
Nick Fury
Portrayed by: Samuel L. Jackson
Previous appearances: Iron Man (post credits), Iron Man 2, Thor (post credits) Captain America
What you need to know:
Nicky Fury is the director of the SHIELD and has been working to unite assemble a “group of remarkable people” to work together to protect the world. On occasion, he has contacted Tony Stark, at first to recruit him to the Avengers, and later as a consultant to SHIELD.
S.H.I.E.L.D.
Short for: Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics
Division
Previous appearances: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger
What you need to know:
SHIELD is a secret government agency tasked with the protection of Earth and mankind. SHIELD is lead by Director Nick Fury and has been monitoring the activities of the Avengers as well as their enemies. SHIELD has also been researching various artifacts, most notably, the Tesseract (see below), presumably to harness its powers for the defense of Earth.
Agent Phil Coulson
Portrayed by: Clark Gregg
Previous Appearances: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Consultant (Short film), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (Short Film)
What you need to know:
An agent for SHIELD, Coulson is Director Fury’s go-to guy. He has interacted mostly with Tony Stark (and Stark’s right hand and girlfriend, Pepper Potts), as well as Thor. He is often the first person sent to deal with a SHIELD emergency. He is also an avid Captain America fan.

Loki
Portrayed by:
Tom hiddleston
Previous appearances: Thor
Abilities: mystical powers, superhuman strength and speed
What you need to know:
Raised as a prince of Asgard, Loki is the adopted brother of Thor. Forever in Thor’s shadow and jealous of his brother, he schemed to prevent Thor from becoming King of Asgard. After discovering his true parentage he attempted to seize the throne of Asgard and destroy an enemy realm, but was stopped by Thor’s return. During their struggle, he falls through an abyss into an unknown realm. His fate and whereabouts remain a mystery.

Th
e Tesseract
aka: The Cosmic Cube
Previous appearances: Captain America, Thor (post credits)
What you need to know:
The Tesseract is a relic of Asgard (Thor’s home world) with limitless cosmic power and energy. In Captain America, the Red Skull harnessed the Tesseract’s energy to power his army and weapons. During a struggle with Captain America, the Tesseract disappeared and was later recovered by SHIELD. It currently remains in SHIELDs possession and is being researched by Dr. Erik Selvig.
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4 responses to “BabbleOn 5’s Noob Guide to the Avengers

  1. Nice review… I liked it and I am not a noob.

  2. I can’t wait to see the Avengers. The fact that Chris Hemsworth put in all of the work he did to put on the size necessary to play Thor means you have to respect his work ethic. You know he’s serious about this movie.

  3. Crazy4ComicCon

    Nice job! Thanks Aileen!

  4. Great recap. My only qualm is that Mark Ruffalo is playing The Hulk. I still wish it were Ed Norton instead.

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