operation:bilgesnipe

Deleted lines from The Avengers script #204
  • Thor:We on Asgard pretend that we are more advanced, but we.....we come here battling like bilgesnipe...!
  • Agent Coulson:Like what?
  • Thor:The bilgesnipe, you know; huge, scaly, big antlers...You don't have those?
  • Agent Coulson:Don't think so.
  • Thor:They are repulsive, and they trample everything in their path.
  • Loki:*(quietly; over the intercom)* I understood that reference...

Bilgesnipe. Huge, scaly, big antlers?

This moment is underappreciated as a piece of Joss Whedon writing genius. Do you see what he’s doing here? He’s evening the playing field.

See, Thor might not understand the Wizard of Oz reference, or realize that Midgardian pet shops don’t sell animals large enough to ride, but there’s shit that humans don’t understand about his culture, too. He doesn’t know about flying monkeys? Well, Asgard has this thing that you’ve never heard of, either. Thor is not an imbecile in the world of the savvy; he’s on equal footing with them now.

Bilgesnipe

Thor: We on Asgard act like we are more advanced, but we come here battling like Bilgesnipe.
Coulson: Like what?
Thor: Bilgesnipe? You know - huge, scaly, big antlers… You don’t have those?
Coulson: Don’t think so.
Thor: Well they are repulsive… and they trample everything in their path.