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Loki: What have I to fear?
Tony Stark: The Avengers. It’s what we call ourselves, sort of like a team. “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” type thing.
Loki: Yes, I’ve met them.
Tony Stark: Yeah. Takes us a while to get any traction, I’ll give you that one but, let’s do a head count here: Your brother, the demi-god; a super soldier, a living legend who kind of lives up to the legend; a man with… breath-taking anger management issues; a couple of master assassins, and you, big fella, you’ve managed to piss off every single one of them.
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Steve Rogers: We have orders, we should follow them.
Tony Stark: Following’s not really my style.
Steve Rogers: And you’re all about style, aren’t you?
Tony Stark: Of the people in this room, which one is: A, wearing a spangly outfit; and B, not of use?
Nick Fury: In case you try to escape, if you so much as scratch that glass. Thirty thousand feet, straight down in a steel trap. Ant, boot.
Loki: It is an impressive cage, one not I think built for me.
Nick Fury: Built for something a lot stronger than you.
Loki: Oh I’ve heard; the mindless beast, makes play he’s still a man. How desperate are you? That you call on such lost creatures to defend you?
Nick Fury: How desperate am I? You threaten my world with war, you steal a force you can’t hope to control, you talk about peace, and you kill ’cause it’s fun. You have made me very desperate. You might not be glad that you did.
Loki: Ooo, it burns you to have come so close. To have the Tesseract, to have power. Unlimited power. And for what? A warm light for all mankind to share? And then to be reminded what real power is.
Nick Fury: Well, let me know if ‘real power’ wants a magazine or something.
Loki: Kneel before me. I said kneel! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.
Old German: Not to men like you.
Loki: There are no men like me.
Old German: There are always men like you.
Loki: I am Loki of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose.
Nick Fury: We have no quarrel with your people.
Loki: An ant has no quarrel with a boot.
Nick Fury: You planning to step on us?
Loki: I come with glad tidings, of a world made free.
Nick Fury: Free from what?
Loki: Freedom. Freedom is life’s great lie. Once you accept that, in your heart, you will know peace.
Nick Fury: Yeah, you say peace. I kinda think you mean the other thing.
Pepper Potts: Is this about the Avengers? Which I know nothing about.
Tony Stark: The Avengers initiative was scrapped, I thought. And I didn’t even qualify.
Potts: I didn’t know that either.
Stark: Apparently I’m volatile, self-obsessed, and don’t play well with others.
Potts: That I did know.