It took five movies for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to get there, but with 2012's The Avengers, fans got to see what they'd waited decades for: one of the most popular superhero teams in comic book history in a big budget, live action movie.

The original team consists of Iron Man / Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America / Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), The Hulk / Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow / Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansen), and Hawkeye / Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) along with Samuel L. Jackson finally appearing as Nick Fury, the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. for more than a cameo.

Its hard to believe the THIRD sequel in the Avengers series and the 22nd movie in the ever expanding MCU is coming out this week.

The Avengers: Endgame, hitting theaters this week, is likely the final installment in Phase 3, the largest collection of MCU movies so far, which began with Captain America: Civil War in 2016.

For a movie about superheroes, the first Avengers movie has a decent number of firearms, and not just futuristic ray guns either. Let's take a look.

Nick Fury

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Nick Fury's go-to sidearm is a Smith & Wesson M&P9 pistol. In this publicity still, Fury is seen holding two pistols, but he only carries one in the movie.imfdb.org

While the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have similar gear when it comes to uniforms and gunbelts, they all seem to carry whatever sidearm they prefer. Their leader, Nick Fury, is the only one who carries a Smith & Wesson M&P in 9mm. In the spinoff show *Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., all agents carry the M&P, while most agents in the movies use Glock 17s, but not all.

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Fury firing his M&P9.imfdb.org

Fury only carries one M&P in a drop leg holster on his right side. A gun in his left hand wouldn't do much good, since he's missing an eye on that side. The gun is featured prominent in publicity stills and posters and was fairly new when the movie was made.

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A good look at Fury's thigh holster.imfdb.org

The M&P is a striker fired polymer framed handgun platform that is now available in several configurations and calibers, including .380 ACP, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP in addition to the original 9mm chambering. It's also available as a 22LR pistol as well as tactical versions with extended threaded barrels.

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Fury firing his pistol from the knee.imfdb.org

Sometimes a situation calls for more than just a handgun. In an attempt to stop a highjacked plane from launching from the SHIELD helicarrier, Fury uncases an Airtronic RPG-7 launcher, which is a modernized, U.S. manufactured version of the RPG-7.

Fury firing a customized Airtronic RPG-7 launcher.
Fury firing a customized Airtronic RPG-7 launcher.imfdb.org

It has been done up to fit with SHIELD's futuristic weaponry and fires a movie magic custom warhead instead of a rocket-propelled grenade. A mercenary in Loki's hideout is also seen briefly with the prop.

Black Widow

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Black Window / Natasha Romanov's signature firearms are twin Glock 26 pistols in thigh holsters.imfdb.org

Black Widow is technically a SHIELD agent, but she doesn't carry an M&P like her boss. Instead, she prefers to carry dual Glock 26 subcompact 9mm pistols in thigh holsters that she often fires akimbo.

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Natasha holds one of her Glock 26 pistols while surround by the other Avengers.imfdb.org

The little pistols seem to have never ending flush-fit magazines, which is a good thing, because she doesn't appear to carry any spare mags on her gunbelt, and there aren't too many places on her skintight stealth suit where she could hide them.

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She has an...interesting way of holding her duel Glock 26 pistols.imfdb.org

She also has a strange stance when she's firing both guns at the same time. wherein she locks out her elbows and holds the pistols above her eye line, seemingly firing downward at her target. Maybe its just the camera angles, but in a movie with so much CG, its a strong probability she's not even using blanks. Her Glock 26 pistols are likely just props, with the muzzle flashes and slide movement added later in post.

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Natasha has a lone Glock 26 on her when she confronts Bruce Banner in the jungle.imfdb.org

When Natasha uses a lone Glock 26 when she confronts Bruce Banner in a jungle hut, displaying a much better grip and handling of the gun than she does in the later full out battle scenes. In Black Widowns introductory film, Iron Man 2, she carries a single, chrome Walther PPKS pistol in a BLACKHAWK! SERPA holster. She also uses an H&K USP Compact that she takes off a guard.

Captain America - Steve Rogers

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Steve Rogers with his 1911 during World War II.imfdb.org

In a flashback to his time fighting in WWII, Steve Rogers is seen holding an M1911A1 pistol along with his shield in footage taken from Captain America: The First Avenger. In that movie, he used a number of WWII era firearms to fight the forces of Hydra.

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Steve Rogers uses Noveske N4 Diplomat carbine he picks up from a mercenary.imfdb.org

Once aboard the hijacked SHIELD helicarrier, Steve Rogers takes a Noveske N4 Diplomat carbine from a mercenary and is seen using to dispatch a couple bad guys while trying not to fall to his death.

According to imfdb.org, the Diplomat is fitted with a Vitor VIS upper receiver. This is the only time, other than in flashbacks, that Rogers uses a firearm in the entire movie, instead relying mostly on his shield and acrobatics.

Hawkeye

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Hawkeye / Clint Barton carries an H&K P30 in a thigh holster.imfdb.org

Hawkeye, the butt of many an Internet joke, is basically just a dude. Like Black Widow, he doesn't have any super abilities, but is merely an extremely gifted operator and highly trained. One could say he has something bordering on supernatural accuracy with firearms and a bow, which is how he got his name, but it's never revealed to be an actual super power of some kind.

Hawkeye was introduced via cameo in Thor, where he carried a compound bow. In The Avengers he uses a recurve bow when appropriate, but also uses a handgun quite a bit. Again, unlike the other SHIELD agents, Hawkeye carries a single Heckler & Koch P30 pistol in a thigh holster on his left leg.

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Hawkeye fires his P30 while driving.imfdb.org

While he always has the pistol on him, he only uses it when he is glamoured by Loki and directed to help Loki escape with the wand from the SHIELD headquarters. Other than the brief flash of Cap's 1911, this is the only hammer fired handgun in the movie.

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A good shot of Hawkeye's P30 in its holster.imfdb.org

S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill

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Agent Maria Hill with her Glock 19.imfdb.org

Most SHIELD agents, including Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) carry Glock 19 pistols as their sidearms, usually in thigh holsters. during the assault on the Helicarrier, Hill draws her Glock and uses it along side Nick Fury to repel the mercenaries.

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Another shot of Hill with her Glock 19.imfdb.org

Hill returns in another Marvel film, but in that movie, she has switched to a regular Glock 17 pistol instead of the small G19. NYPD officers are also seen carrying and using Glock 19s in various scenes, mostly during the final battle in the streets and skies over the city.

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Agent Hill aims her Glock 19.imfdb.org

S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents

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Agents with KRISS Vector submachine guns.imfdb.org

While SHIELD agents generally carry Glocks as their sidearms, plenty are seen with some bigger guns. In the photo above we see the agents with Hawkeye carrying KRISS Vector submachine guns when they board the the ship.

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Some mercenaries use M4A1 carbines.imfdb.org

Other SHIELD agents, who are actually mercenaries posing as agents, use M4A1 carbines equipped with EOtech MPO holosights. Some of Loki's mercenaries use Galil MAR rifles.

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The SHIELD Quinjet has a .50 BMG gatling gun on board.imfdb.org

The SHIELD Quinjet has a bit more powerful of an armament than small arms. The vehicle is outfitted with an under-mounted General Dynamics GAU-17/a gatling gun. The big gun is electrically driven and fires linked .50 BMG M9 linked ammunition with a rate of fire selectable to either 1,000 or 2,000 rpm.

Army

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The National Guard members are armed with M4 carbines.imfdb.org

The National Guard members who respond to the alien attack in NYC are armed with M4 carbines, as to be expected, and are decked out in ACUPAT camo gear and body armor.

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A Browning M2HB mounted on a Humvee.imfdb.org

The Guardsmen aren't only on foot, they have several vehicles with mounted weapons, including at least one with a Browning M2HB heavy .50 BMG machine gun mounted on a Humvee with a pintle.

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A Mk 19 40mm full auto grenade launcher mounted on a Humvee.imfdb.org

Several Humvees in the streets can be seen with Mk 19 automatic grenade launchers mounted on top. The intimidating weapon is a 40mm belt-fed full auto grenade launcher that was first developed during the Vietnam War. The Navy mostly made use of the launcher until the Mod 3 was adoped by the Army in 1983 where it remains in service to this day.