By the end of this month, Avengers: Infinity War comes out. To celebrate this milestone for Marvel, I will be writing an article every week about the MCU to build up to the release of Infinity War. You can expect a review of that film the weekend that it releases, but let’s dive right into the first week. With 18 movies that are full of easter eggs, small details that build up to other films, and even some bloopers that made it into the final cut of the movie. This list comprises of ten things that you (probably) did not know about the MCU.
#1: Guardians of the Galaxy: Peter drops the ball
In the first Guardians of the Galaxy, we are introduced to The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) who explains the powerful orb to our heroes. This turns out to be the power infinity stone that Thanos gets his hands on in Avengers: Infinity War. Peter (Chris Pratt) hands the orb but ends up dropping it and quickly makes a recovery. This was a complete accident, but director James Gunn loved it. Not only did he like it, but Chris Pratt played it off so well by staying in character, most people assume that it was on purpose. Dropping this all-powerful orb seemed perfectly fitting to Peter’s character. Maybe Chris took on this role because Peter looked a bit relatable.
#2: Bruce Banner’s attempt at suicide can be seen
If you remember in the first Avengers movie that Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) divulges his attempt on suicide. Due to the rating being PG: 13, we were never shown this scene from The Incredible Hulk. This is back when Edward Norton was Bruce, who would eventually be replaced by Mark in The Avengers. That discussion is not only a great throwback to a deleted scene, but adds a lot to Bruce Banner as a character. You can view this by the deleted scenes from The Incredible Hulk or on YouTube.
#3: There is only one time that Robert Downey Jr. wears the Iron Man suit
That is right, he does not actually wear the suit. In the first Iron Man, there is a full suit with some added CGI to bring everything to life. After the film’s release, Downey saw that there was no need for the suit because the CGI is that good. The suit was bulky and uncomfortable anyways, which is not a huge surprise because massive costumes are notorious for being a pain to wear. Ever since that first film, everything has been entirely digital as Robert focuses on bringing his best performance and bring Tony Stark to life.
#4: Chris Evans did not want anything to do with Captain America
It is hard to imagine the MCU without people like Chris Evans, but things could have turned out in a way that would have a different actor as Captain America. Due to his poor experience as the Human Torch in the awful Fantastic Four movies, he turned down the role for Captain America three times. The person at Marvel who thought to keep asking Chris for this role is either the most annoying person ever or a genius. The answer is a mix of the two. Chris Evans negotiated a contract that made him more comfortable and decided to go for it. Now it has worked out wonderfully for him.
#5: Paul Bettany’s first time meeting the cast was in Avengers: Age of Ultron
Paul Bettany has been J.A.R.V.I.S. since the beginning of the MCU, but this voice work has made him unable to actually work in person with Robert Downey Jr. or any other cast member. When casted to play as Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, this was his first chance to work with cast members in person. In an interview with Business Insider Paul Bettany spoke about this process by saying, “It’s really lovely to finally be working with these people that I’ve been working with for 10 years already,” says Bettany. “It’s a bunch of really creative, talented, funny people who are all playing at the top of their game, and I don’t just mean the cast — who were incredibly welcoming — but I also mean Kevin Feige and [executive producer] Jeremy Latcham and Joss Whedon. They really know how to make these movies.”
#6: Hulk’s new voice
For the longest time Lou Ferrigno has been the voice actor for Hulk, but in Thor: Ragnarok the voice is now Mark Ruffalo. Yes, he was never the previous voice for Hulk. He always played as just Bruce Banner and Hulk in motion capture. Now it is full performance capture by his actions and performing the dialog for the giant green hero.
#7: Vin Diesel actually knows what Groot is saying
You would think how simple Vin Diesel’s life must be to say such simple lines for his role as Groot. However, there is more depth than anyone felt that there was. On Twitter, James Gunn revealed that only him and Vin have a particular script that translates what Groot is saying in English. This added depth certainly helps Vin Diesel understand his character a lot more. Plus he is able to follow along with some added depth that most people will never have.
#8: Tom Holland got only some of the script for Avengers: Infinity War
Tom Holland is excellent at two things: playing as arguably the best Spider-Man and for spoiling significant parts of movies. He was given only some sections of Infinity War to know his role, but as much information was kept from him as possible. These precautions were taken to make sure nothing was spoiled in future interviews, social media, or to anyone he comes across. In an interview Good Morning America with Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch, who stops Tom from a spoiler, we can see it for ourselves on how tempted he was to divulge some information because he genuinely gets excited about his work.
#9: Star Wars tribute with severed hands
Fans may have caught on that a lot of hands were severed in phase two. The reason is Star Wars. In an interview with Cinema Blend Kevin Feige says, ” So I’m obsessed with Star Wars – and it didn’t start out as intentional, but it became intentional, including that beat that you referenced. It sort of happens in every Star Wars movie, but I was sort of looking at it, ‘Okay, is Phase Two our Empire Strikes Back?’ Not really, but tonally things are a little different. Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one.”
#10: We almost saw Captain Marvel sooner
In 2019 we will get our first female MCU film, Captain Marvel. Initially, she was going to be featured at the last scene of Avengers: Infinity War. Joss Whedon wanted her to make her debut here, but not only being a disservice to the character but met some resistance from Kevin Feige. Fans would have wanted more female heroes earlier, but people are generally satisfied that there is a confirm for her debut to be in 2019.
That is it for this list for my build up to Avengers: Infinity War. Comment below on anything that you find interesting that people may not know about the MCU or just about the facts above. Expect more lists to come out to build the hype for the big battle with Thanos.
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