One thing that’s always bugged me about Marvel movies is that everything takes place in New York. So with Loki wanting to invade and conquer, he starts with New York. Director Fury needs a team of remarkable individuals to help combat this global threat? The Avengers Initiative?? That didn’t work out so well in the beginning of the movie, but he doesn’t give up on them. Wait a minute! The Baxter Building where the Fantastic Four reside is in New York, why not call up Reed Richards? Or how about Westchester county New York? Where the Xavier Mansion is located? Call up the X-Men to help?
I get it, for the movie we needed to just have The Avengers, but the fact that there were others in the area was always at the back of my mind. Even the Punisher could’ve peeked out of the sewers and shot an RPG at some aliens. Let’s not forget Spider-man (more on that later).
Harry Dean Stanton shows up when the Hulk crashes to Earth, and Bruce Banner wake up in the impact zone. For those younger viewers, check out Stanton’s credits.
When Thor and Loki have their chat on a mountain top, you see two crows fly by, Thor’s father Odin has two crows that would bring him back information, very nice touch.
The aliens at the climax of the movie are called Chitauri, their one talking member who goes unnamed has a chin that’s familiar to Marvel readers. They’re the villain in the second volume of the Ultimates. But the chin is that of a Skrull. Think about it.
The New York Stark Tower has the letters blasted off of it, until only the “A” remains. Coincidence that the “A” looks like the Avengers “A”? I think not, Stark Tower is the headquarters of the Avengers. So at the end when Tony and Pepper are rebuilding, it could be set up for the sequel in which the Avengers have an actual base of operations and not the SHIELD Helicarrier.
At the end of the movie Iron Man falls from the “gate” to the other place after having put a nuke in it. While falling Spider-man should’ve swung in and saved him. Here’s how it would’ve played out.