The Chitauri Gun was the standard-issue weapon of the Chitauri troops that invaded Earth during the Battle of New York. A directed-energy weapon, these guns were left in New York City after the Chitauri were defeated by the Avengers. Some were recovered and studied by S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attempt to reverse-engineer their unique properties.
At the end of the Battle of New York, the Chitauri Command Center was destroyed by Iron Man, effectively sapping power from all Chitauri paraphernalia on the battlefield. The Chitauri Guns were all rendered inactive and taken by S.H.I.E.L.D.
After the Battle of New York, one Chitauri Gun, later dubbed "Item 47", was found by Benjamin Pollack and Claire Wise, a struggling but loving couple. Being technically talented, Pollack managed to reactivate the gun, and the couple decided to use the gun to successfully rob many banks, saving them from their financial dilemma.
S.H.I.E.L.D. soon caught wind of the activities, and sent Agent Jasper Sitwell to neutralize the robbers. Impressed with Pollack's ability to re-activate the weapon, Agent Sitwell offered both a place within S.H.I.E.L.D., Pollack in the R&D Think-Tank, and Wise as assistant to Agent Felix Blake.
Owned by HYDRA
By the year 2014, HYDRA managed to acquire multiple Chitauri Guns, powering them with the Scepter used by Loki during the Battle of New York. HYDRA eventually developed their own weapons using the Chitauri technology, using them as weapons for the HYDRA cells operating under Doctor Jensen and Wolfgang von Strucker.
Used for Crime
The Toomes Salvage Company, led by Vulture, was founded to help clean up after superhuman disasters, including the clean up of Avengers battles. During the group's career, they helped clean up after the Battle of New York. However, once the Department of Damage Control took over the clean-up contracts, putting the group out of business, the group used all the equipment they had salvaged, which consisted of primarily Chitauri equipment, and became criminals in an attempt to better their lives.
Behind the Scenes
- In a deleted scene from The Avengers, Officer Saunders picked up a Chitauri Gun in the middle of the Battle of New York and shot a Chitauri. However, he was shot before he could continue.