If you’re not into comics, and haven’t seen the first Avengers movie, chances are you won’t understand anything watching the second part. The movie is based on Stan Lee’s Marvel comics, and each character has his own “history” and back story. We can’t really go into details with everything about the Marvel universe, so here’s the most asked questions and their explanations.
1) What’s Marvel?
Marvel is a comic books company founder at 1939, formally as Timely comics, and it basically has hundreds of superheroes, and villains, under the same universe.
2) What are the Avengers?
The Avengers are the main heroes of the Marvel universe teaming up together to beat villains they can’t take alone. The team is lead by Captain America and the other team members, or as they are called, “Agents.” The comics include Ant-Man, Black Widow, Cannonball, Captain Marvel, Captain Universe, Falcon, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, Nightmask, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Thor, Wasp, and more!
The ones, however, appearing in the movie are only Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. Thor’s addictive brother, who is basically Thor’s nemesis, joins them as well.
3) What’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D?
It’s Marvel’s law-enforcement and counter-terrorism agency, and the acronym stands for “Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.” The agency controls the agents in the Avengers, as well as other heroes. The heroes are estimated to be 3,000 agents, some are human with fighting abilities, and some are superhuman. So TLDR, they’re like the HR of the Avengers.
4) Who are the characters of the movie?
Real Name: Tony Stark
Super Powers: None
Abilities: Tony Stark is a genius, philanthropist, billionaire who finances the Avengers. His genius level intellect lets him create devices, armors, and specialized weapons.
Real Name: Thor Odinson
Super Powers: Thor is the crown prince of the Asgardian and god of thunder. His endurance and resistance to injury are greater than the vast majority of his superhuman race. He’s also immune to most disease and is extremely long lived.
Abilities: He possesses the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, which grants him the ability of flight and weather manipulation, as well as other superhuman attributes.
Real Name: Bruce Banner
Super Powers: After being exposed to gamma radiation, the genius scientist transforms into a monster when he’s angry or enraged. His physical abilities are limitless due to the fact that he gets stronger with emotional stress. His strong leg muscles let’s him leap great distances, and run at super-speed. His clap could cause a great shock wave. His over all body is immune to physical damage, extreme temperatures, mind control, nuclear explosions, poisons, and all diseases.
Abilities: Bruce Banner is a genius in nuclear physics, but can only control the hulk for a little time till Hulk takes over his whole body.
Captain America is a WW2 veteran, and the leader of the Avengers. He was experimented on during the war to reach human perfection when it comes to physicality, and he was later trapped in a suspended animation, until he was woken up in the modern world.
Real Name: Steve Rogers
Super Powers: His strength, endurance, speed, reflexes, durability, and healing abilities that far exceeds the normal human being.
Abilities: Mastered martial arts, boxing, judo, and combined them all to form his own unique fighting style.
Real Name: Clint Barton
Super Powers: None
Abilities: He’s a master archer and marksman. He also has great reflexes and hand-eye-coordination and over-all above average physical abilities and endurance as well as smart wits to get him out of trouble.
Real Name: Natasha Romanoff
Super Powers: She was modified by the Soviet government to stop aging, and enhanced her psychical abilities and immune system.
Abilities: Romanoff was a Russian spy who used to work in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D before joining the Avengers. She’s the stereotypical “Femme Fatale.”
Real Name: James “Rhodey” Rhodes
Super Powers: None
Abilities: He’s an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and a friend of Iron Man who operates the War Machine armor created by him.
Real Name: Pietro Maximoff
Super Powers: Quicksilver is a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds
Real Name: Wanda Maximoff
Super Powers: The twin sister of Quicksilver, who can harness magic and engage in hypnosis and telekinesis
Abilities: She’s untaught anything about her powers and struggles to control them.
What’s the story and what’s happening?
To fully understand what’s happening in the movie, you’ll have to watch pretty much every Marvel movies that’s been made. Don’t worry though. The kind people of Youtube made some recaps to understand everything before you see the new movie. The first video is a 20 minute of all the marvel movies that are related to the Avengers 2. Just by watching this video, you’ll pretty much understand everything that’s happening when you see the Avengers 2.
If you think it’s too much time, you could check the second video that’s only 3 minutes long and explains the first Avengers. You won’t really understand everything with it, but you’ll at least know what’s happening.