For other uses, see Leviathan (disambiguation)
"J.A.R.V.I.S., you ever heard the tale of Jonah?"
"I wouldn't consider him a role model."
Iron Man and J.A.R.V.I.S.[src]

Leviathans[1] are intergalactic beasts and warships for the Chitauri.


Massacre of the Zehoberei

Along with the Black Order and a contingent of Chitauri soldiers, the Leviathans followed Thanos to Zen-Whoberi. There they successfully aided the Titan in his goal of slaughtering half of the Zehoberei population.[2]

Battle of New York

"I'm bringing the party to you."
"I don't see how that's a party."
Iron Man and Black Widow[src]
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Iron Man is chased down by a Leviathan

The Leviathans were used by the Chitauri during their assault on Earth as both warships and assault crafts. They roam the Sanctuary, and one such beast was straddling along the perimeter of the asteroid upon which Loki and The Other were having a discussion regarding the Tesseract. During the Battle of New York, the first Leviathan that arrived on Earth was initially confronted by Iron Man, who caused it follow him to where the rest of his team was, and was destroyed by both him and Hulk.

Other Leviathans arrived from the dimensional portal and attacked New York City, but were countered and destroyed by the Avengers. Many more Leviathans were ready to attack, but once the Chitauri Command Center was destroyed by the nuke sent in by S.H.I.E.L.D. that Iron Man diverted through the portal, every Chitauri, Leviathans included, fell to the ground and died.[3]



New York Bulletin newspaper

One of the Leviathans that had fallen [3] was photographed. The fall had killed hundreds of people. The photograph was used by the New York Bulletin, headlining its "Battle of NY" coverage.[4] One Leviathan that was slain by Thor and Hulk fell inside Grand Central Station. Adrian Toomes' salvage company was contracted by the city of New York to salvage the technology from its corpse, but they were interrupted and ordered to hand over all the recovered salvage by the Department of Damage Control.[5]

Scarlet Witch's Illusion

"Guys, I got Strucker."
"Yeah... I got something bigger."
Captain America and Iron Man[src]
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A Leviathan inside of the HYDRA Research Base

Leviathan corpse was recovered by S.H.I.E.L.D. and was eventually secretly stolen by Wolfgang von Strucker's HYDRA cell and placed in the HYDRA Research Base. Over the next year Strucker and his scientists studied the corpse, obtaining several Chitauri technology pieces, especially the anti-gravity technology later incorporated into the Chitauri Armor from it.

During a battle in the facility between the Avengers and HYDRA, Scarlet Witch used her powers to trick Tony Stark into believing that the Leviathan was actually still alive, and showed him visions of the dead Avengers and the Chitauri and Leviathans crossing a wormhole towards Earth, presumably to invade it.[6]





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  • The "Leviathans" share some similarities with the Midgard Serpent, a recurring villain in Thor comics.
  • In concept art for The Avengers, the Leviathans are listed as "Chitauri Jumbos".
    • In the film commentary, it was mentioned that "jumbo" was the creatures original name. However, it was decided to change it to Leviathan as "jumbo" would be too silly if it was made into a toy.


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