Lately, everyone has just been talking about the Avengers. The movie has broken all records in recent times and made over a billion dollars in earnings. People all over the world seem to have their very own Avenger story – favourite character and all; the bandwagon is moving at a crazy pace and gathering unprecedented momentum. As fans of The Avengers, and super heroes in general, I thought we should also share our Avengers’ story. Also a lot of folks have been asking us about spoilers on the movie, so below is one article which talks about both:
Spoilers first: There are 2 scenes – the first is during the credits; note, this one a lot of people just did not get. After The Avengers have defeated the Chitauri army by sending a nuke into their mother ship, we see their leader talking to a mysterious figure. The Chitauri leader says that the humans are not to be underestimated and to face them would be “to court Death itself.” And then the mysterious figure turns his head and we see Thanos, The Mad Titan, smiling. Now, for people who don’t know who Thanos, the mad Titan, is – originally a member of the race of Eternals “Growing in power and infamy as he travelled the universe, Thanos once met Death itself, as it appeared to him embodied in a female form. Thanos was infatuated with the being, and endeavoured to make himself worthy in order to earn her love in return. With an army under his command, he nearly destroyed his former home of Titan, declaring himself its ruler. He then sought out the powerful Cosmic Cube [known as the “Tesseract” in the movies], and a number of Earth’s heroes assembled to confront him.” We know from Tom Hiddleston’s interviews in promoting The Avengers, that Loki and Thor return to Asgard in the Thor sequel and there’s a greater villain at play which just may force the (not by blood) brothers to work together. It’s likely that Thanos will be coming to get the Infinity Gauntlet (synonymous with him) found in Odin’s Vault (Image below). This was shown in the first Thor Film. Also recently, information was leaked that little known actor Damion Poitier will be playing Thanos in upcoming Marvel Movies.
By now non comic book geeks are trying to figure what is the Gauntlet -The Infinity Gems. There are six of these gems – each has a distinct color and power. The green soul gem grants the power over the soul, orange is time, purple is space, blue is mind, yellow is reality and red is power. Each gem, in and of themselves, has a vast amount of power and grants the user with the power to control and manipulate each one of these things. When collected and mounted in a gauntlet, the combined gems become a weapon of unimaginable power, and grant the user control over every aspect of the gems. The wearer can warp reality to their fitting, manipulate time and so on. Not even the combined powers of the cosmic gods are enough to defeat such a weapon.
Moving on. Now, if you still stayed on after all the credits got over, you will see a scene where all the Avengers are sitting down at a wrecked shawarma restaurant – probably at Tony Stark’s insistence – if you remember, he mentions the same once the Hulk saves him from his near death fall. The after-credits scene is them eating shawarma in silence with Mark Ruffalo trying to keep a straight face. I am sure most of you are now cursing yourself, friends and family because they hurried you out of the theatre. Check the image in case you missed it.
Our Story starts where the movie ends. On the mention of the word shawarma, we all (Ashay, Milind, Yooti and Rachita) had a sudden craving for the same. On finishing the movie, we were all debating about where to eat. The debate lasted exactly 1 minute. The winner? Shawarma place at phoenix. We got on to our bike, the ladies decided to drive and we got to phoenix in about 20 minutes. To our disappointment, Maroosh – the local shawarma place was closed. The manager mentioned they would take about half an hour to open – so we decided to hang around, do some window shopping and come back. The window shopping happened at Hamley’s toy store where we went on an Avengers action figure spree, but not much was available. You think when a big movie releases merchandise should be easily available…..anyways. After what seemed to be forever, we went back to Maroosh and ordered shawarmas; note we ordered the non veg variety: Chicken, Green Garlic Chicken, Chicken Hummus Salad and Lamb. After multiple rounds, finally the craving was laid to rest. If you have an interesting story that you would like to share basis the Avengers do add it to the comments below – if you like Shawarmas but really don’t know how where to get them below is a quick recipe for this Middle Eastern delicacy. Enjoy!
Our Shawarma Recipe
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
5 tablespoons plain low-fat Greek-style yogurt, divided
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
4 (6-inch) pitas, halved
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup chopped plum tomato
1/4 cup prechopped red onion
1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 tablespoon juice, and 2 garlic cloves. Add chicken; toss to coat. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken mixture to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until browned and done, stirring frequently.
2. While chicken cooks, combine remaining 1/4 cup yogurt, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, remaining 1 garlic clove, and tahini, stirring well. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons tahini mixture inside each pita half; divide chicken evenly among pita halves. Fill each pita half with 1 tablespoon cucumber, 1 tablespoon tomato, and 1 1/2 teaspoons onion. That it, keep expirementing with different fillings, I am sure you will crack your very own shawarma recipe.