The Avengers

Corrected entry: When Iron Man tells the others what he intends to do with the missile, Captain America says that it's a "one-way trip." But, once he aims the missile at the Chitauri ship, Iron Man could have let go and returned through the portal. The missile would have kept a straight course at the ship; he wouldn't have had to keep flying with it.

Correction: The idea was he would guide it to the alien ship to be sure it would hit it and the portal would close before he could let go. He got lucky.


Corrected entry: How was it possible for Dr. Selvig to build a fail-safe into his machine while he was brainwashed? Doesn't that imply that Loki secretly wanted it there?

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Correction: Loki simply ordered him to build the machine. Selvig otherwise functions as a normal person, and his scientific imperative would have led him to create an emergency shut-off just like he would with any other kind of potentially dangerous machine he would normally build. If there was a scene in which Loki is shown instructing Selvig not to build a fail-safe into the machine, then it would be a plot hole.

Phaneron Premium member

Corrected entry: Right after the second engine goes down on the shield Helicarrier, the altitude reading on Iron Man's HUD shows just over 15,000 feet for the altitude. A short time later, even though the helicarrier has been falling since the engine went down, the altitude on the helicarrier's bridge shows the helicarrier falling through 18,000 feet.


Correction: 2 independent systems showing different values for altitude is not a continuity mistake, it merely shows that the systems are not calibrated for the same ground level or, more likely, that both systems don't operate under the same physical conditions. E.g. Helicarrier in "normal" air vs Iron Man inside an engine that produces heat and pressure changes while moving, thereby falsifying his readings.

Suggesting Iron Man's suit is giving falsified readings because of pressure and heat is ridiculous. Iron Man's suit is controlled by an advanced AI, you really think it wouldn't notice strange readings?


Just because you notice a strange reading does not mean that you can correct it on the fly. Or, as suggested, Iron Man has simply calibrated his altimeter for a wrong/virtual ground level as a signal for him to get out of there in case his plan fails. The main point of my suggested correction is that the Helicarrier and the suit are two independent systems that do not necessarily need to show the same values and the views of Suit's HUD in them self are consistent insofar as that the altitude drops from 15000+ to 13000+.


You're right. 2 independent altitude meters can give separate altitudes. The correction is solid.


Corrected entry: Hawkeye has his case of arrows with a lid on the top which has small holes, the problem is that the heads of the arrows would not fit in order to take them out.


Correction: It's not a lid and those aren't holes. Do a Google image search for "pedicure toe separator" to see the only thing I can think of that resembles what is on top of his quiver. The arrow shafts clip inside to keep his arrows from falling out of the quiver while he runs and jumps about, but they pop right out when he pulls on them.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: The S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier has the number 64 painted on it in several places. 1964 is the year the first Avengers comic was released.

Correction: Http:// The first comic was 1963.

Corrected entry: During the scene where Tony is "threatening" Loki in Stark Towers, he gets a glass of alcohol and drinks it as he is talking to Loki. He is then picked up by the neck by Loki and is thrown to the ground, and his glass is nowhere to be seen. It is not seen dropped or shattered, and it is clear he did not have time to back up and put it down. (01:37:00)

Correction: In the shot after Loki says "How will your friends have time for me when they're so busy fighting you?", it cuts to Loki raising his sceptre, and just as the shot starts, you can see that the glass has been placed on the table next to Tony. In the shots after this, the glass is simply out of frame.

Casual Person

Corrected entry: When Steve Rogers is working out, he has a sweaty head and arms, but his T-shirt is bone dry.

Correction: He is barely sweating in the scene, only once or twice lightly wiping his forehead, and his skin only has a light "glisten" (little to no actual beads of sweat) implying he is just starting to experience a minor sweat. So it's perfectly possible for him to be lightly sweating while still having a shirt that appears to be dry, because there just isn't enough moisture to show up on his shirt.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Thor is dropped from the cell chamber, the ship is supposed to be in free-fall, having lost 2 engines. I've seen this a few times now, and I'm pretty sure the one Iron Man is restarting isn't back on, and the second one has been disabled. If this is the case, Thor should not fall. Neither should the characters running about the ship be experiencing gravity.

Correction: If 2 of the engines are still running, it's under 1/2 thrust and falling relatively slowly, not in free fall.

Corrected entry: When the computer model gets a hit on the tesseract, Banner and Romanoff move to the computer, with Banner standing on the left of agent Romanoff. When Hawkeye blows up the turbine, Banner and Romanoff have switched places.


Correction: As Bruce Banner walks over to the Monitor, Natasha Romanoff follows him over and stands next to the desk. Bruce remains on the right of Natasha, before the explosion, after the explosion, and even as they fly through the glass windows Bruce remains on the right and Natasha remains on the left. When Bruce and Natasha fall to the ground, Natasha is still on the left and Bruce is still on the right.

Corrected entry: After Iron Man takes out a worm "Jonah style", he crashes into a cab and stops about two feet away. There is a quick shot of him inside of his suit. But when he gets up, the cab is nowhere to be seen.


Correction: If you watch closely, Iron Man falls back farther than the cab, far enough that in the next camera angle the cab can't be seen. The cab didn't disappear, he just rebounds off it far it enough that it isn't in the next shot.

Corrected entry: When Captain America is punching the heavy bags and Fury first walks in, the bag that Captain America is punching [not the one he already broke] changes from not having duct tape around the middle, to having it, and then back.

shortdanzr Premium member

Correction: The bag does not change. The front view shows an Everlast tag, then when the bag is behind Captain America, the pillar next to the bag has padding and tape around it, that looks like a different bag.

Corrected entry: The nuclear missile that is fired at Manhattan, the Air to Ground (AGM)-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) does not actually have nuclear capability. The F-35 Lightning II, which fired the missile, however, can actually carry the JSOW and will eventually be able to carry the B61 nuclear bomb.

Correction: Given the large amount of entirely fictional technology depicted in the film, it's not unreasonable that SHIELD, the possessor of much of that technology, could have been able to retrofit the missile to carry a nuclear payload for those occasions where it might prove necessary.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: After the fight between Thor and Hulk, Thor gets blood from his nose, but the gods don't bleed.

Correction: Of course they do if you hit them hard enough. Odin has a visibly bloody eye socket during the war against the Frost Giants at the beginning of Thor, and the ice shard that impales Fandral during the ill-fated trip to Jotunheim in the same film is visibly smeared with blood.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Throughout the film each hero had been addressed by their respective codename at least once, with the exception of Natasha Romanov. She is either called Agent Romanov, Natasha or 'Nat'; never 'Black Widow'.


Correction: The Russian calls her "Black Widow" in the introductory scene, just a few minutes into the movie.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When the arrow explodes aboard the ship Captain America [already in his outfit with long sleeves and has auburn hair] tells Tony Stark [wearing a long sleeved shirt, black hair] to suit up. They both leave but one of them can be seen running seconds later with auburn hair and a short sleeved t-shirt. (01:12:35)


Correction: The person in the t-shirt seen running is only seen from the back and so could easily be one of the many SHIELD personnel that are shown to be rushing through the hallways to respond to the threat/explosion.

Corrected entry: Helicopters work by creating a low pressure zone above the rotors, by forcing the air down. In other words, sucking air away from the top side. Since the helicarrier is basically a giant helicopter, it's lifted by rotors, it should be sucking air in from the top. But judging by the way Banner's jacket blows, it's blowing air out.


Correction: While it's true a helicopter rotor uses reduced pressure above the rotor to produce lift, a rotor in a hovering [which is what the carrier is doing as it begins converting from sea to air] or vortex ring state, will produce updraft at the tips of the rotors, which is what is causing Banner's jacket to blow the way it does.


Corrected entry: Thor's hammer has a slightly altered appearance in this film from how it was seen in Thor. Where before it had a mostly brown handle with a brown strap at the end, now the end of the shaft has a silver cap, with the brown strap connected to each side, and the handle is more prominently ringed by silver. While some may rationalize this by suggesting maybe Asgard redesigned it between movies, remember that this is an ancient weapon and the Asgard do not seem like the type of people who would alter their holy artifacts with superficial changes.


Correction: Saying that the Asgardians "do not seem like the type of people who would alter their holy artifacts with superficial changes" is just your opinion. Unless you can provide irrefutable evidence that neither Thor nor the Asgardians would alter his hammer, then it isn't a mistake. Especially when you take into account that the look of Thor's hammer has undergone dramatic changes before in the comics.

Phaneron Premium member

Corrected entry: Iron Man kicks Thor through a tree, but the rest of the tree never comes down.


Correction: That's because there was no upper half of the tree to begin with. Look at the shot when Thor summons his hammer back after first hitting Iron Man with it during the forest fight. It comes back to his hand, and you can see behind him the jagged top of the stump; the rest of the tree had already fallen before Iron Man booted Thor through it. The shot where Iron Man kicks Thor through it does make it seem like there is a whole tree, because the shot isn't "tall" enough to show that the top of the tree isn't there anymore.

Corrected entry: Towards the beginning of the film Steve Rogers is working out his frustrations on a punching bag in a gym. He finally hits the bag so hard that it breaks open and flies against the wall. Watch the chain it was hanging from when he makes the final punch. Despite the force of the blow the chain connecting the bag to the ceiling stays completely motionless.

BocaDavie Premium member

Correction: The chain you see does not move, true. But that chain is in the FOREGROUND, even though it is hanging from the same metal frame that Steve mounts the punching bags on. However, it is not the chain that the bag was hanging from. You're talking about a single chain that hangs straight down, but each punching bag is hung from three chains connected by a metal ring, which he connects direcly to a hook on the large metal frame.

Corrected entry: MAJOR SPOILERS: Agent Coulson dies with his eyes open. When Fury stands up, Coulson's eyes are suddenly closed.

Brad Premium member

Correction: If you look closely you can see that his left eye is partially open in both the close-up and the wider shots. You can't see his right eye in the wider shot so you can't make the comparison.


Visible crew/equipment: A reflector screen is visible on Hawkeye's sunglasses at the very end when Thor and a restrained Loki are returning, presumably, to Asgard. (02:06:10)

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Nick Fury: Meanwhile, is there anything about the Tesseract that we ought to know?
Steve Rogers: You should have left it in the ocean.

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Trivia: While on the helicarrier, Tony Stark is wearing a Black Sabbath T-shirt, the band who released the song "Iron Man".

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