Per the new Black Widow movie, the Budapest scenario has been somewhat clarified.


S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't "allow" Thor to take Loki and the Tesseract. The notion that Thor needed their permission at all is ridiculous. Asgard rules over the Nine Realms and Earth is one of those realms. As the Crown Prince of Asgard, Thor outranks everyone and everything on Earth. S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't get to dictate terms to Thor; Thor dictates the ...

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