16 Facts About Marvel Movies That You've Never Heard Before
From the fact that Paul Bettany was told his career was over before being cast as Vision, or James Gunn was sold on hiring Chris Pratt to play Star-Lord. Below are the 16 facts about Marvel movies that you've never heard about.
1. Chris Pratt Stole His Star-Lord Costume To Do A Good Thing
Source: Marvel StudioPratt: "I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone - say, like, a Russell Wilson - and go visit kids. If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come to visit them, I’ll do that. I think that’s awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?"
2. Chris Hemsworth Kissed His Wife Not Natalie Portman
Source: Marvel StudioYou can't tell it's not Portman because of the way it's shot, but it's not just a random extra either. In an interview with the Daily News, Portman addressed her absence from the set, saying, "He was working in Hong Kong for reshoots (after the film was finished), and I couldn't get there because I was shooting on my own picture. That's why it was so passionate: they placed his wife in my wig and outfit."
3. James Gunn Was Sold On The Idea Of Casting Chris Pratt As Star-Lord.
Source: Marvel StudioIt's not uncommon for a director like James Gunn to go out of his way to cast a certain actor as one of his characters. After all, he created the script for Guardians of the Galaxy, so he had strong feelings about who should play the characters in the film. It's not unheard of in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since Jon Favreau insisted on seeing Robert Downey Jr. play Tony Stark in Iron Man.
Of course, for both actors, things were a little different. Working with RDJ was seen as a hazardous decision by most producers due to his past issues, while Pratt was overweight and not in "superhero shape" for the character. Following Pratt's 30-second audition, Gunn was emphatic about hiring him.
4. Awesome Mix Vol. 1' Holds An Vital Musical Credit On The 'Billboard' 200
Source: Marvel StudioWhen the first film's Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack was released, it didn't take long for it to reach the top of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.
It was the first film soundtrack in history to top the charts despite consisting solely of previously released songs when this happened. Only music released prior to the mid-1980s was featured on the soundtrack, making it extremely interesting. Furthermore, it is only the second soundtrack in history to sell over a million digital records.
5. Paul Bettany Was Told His Career Was Over Before Being Cast As Vision
Source: Marvel StudioBettany stated in an interview with BBC Radio 1 that he was never aware of any plans to cast him as Vision and that his only job in the MCU was to voice JARVIS. Being cast as Vision gave him more time in the MCU, as well as additional opportunities since he co-starred in WandaVision with Elizabeth Olsen.
6. Vin Diesel Understood Every Meaning Of 'I Am Groot'
Source: Marvel StudioIn a Facebook post, Gunn highlighted the script, writing, "Only Vin Diesel and I have the unique Groot version of the script, in which every Groot line is printed in English rather than Groot, so Vin will understand what the different 'I am Groot's' mean. I enjoy putting this together."
7. There's A Link Between MCU Phase 2 And 'Star Wars'
Source: Marvel StudioKevin Feige. head of Marvel Studio revealed: " So I’m obsessed with Star Wars and it didn’t start out as intentional, but it became intentional... It sort of happens in every Star Wars movie, but I was sort of looking at it, "Okay, is Phase 2 our Empire Strikes Back?" Not really, but tonally, things are a little different. Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase 2 movie. Every single one."
8. Sir Ben Kingsley Dubbed His Hindi Words In 'Iron Man 3'
Source: Marvel StudioKingsley has a long and illustrious career, and the British actor has always had a soft spot for India due to his part-Gujarati ancestry. One of his most important roles was as Gandhi in the 1982 film of the same name. That performance garnered him an Academy Award and cemented his reputation as a major actor. He speaks Hindi, so when it came time to dub the dialogue for Trevor in Iron Man 3, he added his own lines to the mix.
9. Joss Whedon Really Wanted Spider-Man To Appear In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Source: Marvel StudioWhedon: "I wanted all those people. I said, "It would be great if we could just add a few more if we could have a Captain Marvel there, that you’ve made a deal for." And they talked about it. I was like, "And Spider-Man, we could do that, too," 'cause Sony had approached us during the first movie about a little integration. So I would have put both of them in, but neither of the deals was made. And then they were like, "We’re making a Captain Marvel movie, and we’ve got Spider-Man as a property," and I’m like, "I’ve already locked my film, you f**kers! Thanks for nothing."
10. Robert Downey Jr.'s Salary Drastically Went Up In Phase 2
Source: Marvel StudioDowney was paid $500k for Iron Man, but his fee increased as the MCU grew in popularity. He earned $10 million for his role in Homecoming. Given that he was only in the movie for nine minutes, it implies he was paid over $1 million per minute he was on screen. That's not a bad wage for anyone, but it's nowhere like what RDJ commands for a larger role. RDJ earned an estimated $75 million for his role in Avengers: Endgame.
If you do the math on RDJ's outrageous salary, you'll see that he was paid 100 times more than he was paid for Iron Man 3, which netted him $50 million.
11. Robert Downey Jr. Was Tended To Cameo In Guardians of the Galaxy
Source: Marvel StudioHis inclusion would have been a nod to Iron Man's introduction to the team in the comics circa 2013, but RDJ declined. He declined the offer since he wasn't sure he wanted to play Tony Stark/Iron Man in more MCU films at the moment. His new contract has seen him repeat the role several times since the film's release, but this was one appearance that never happened.
12. Owing To An Episode Of 'Community', The Russo Brothers Gained Big With Marvel
Source: Marvel StudioJoe Russo described how it works. "We were brought in by Feige, who discovered that we are tremendous comic book fans and pop culture junkies. We had a lot of similarities and had a lot of similar beliefs about Captain America." They oversaw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame before long, but Feige might have never gotten the chance if he hadn't seen one extremely significant episode of Community.
13. Tyler Bates Had More Than Great MCU Films
Source: Marvel StudioBates' work in film scoring isn't new; he's worked on films like 300, the John Wick franchise, Watchmen, and others, but that's not all. If you're a Marilyn Manson fan, you're surely aware that Bates served as the singer's lead guitarist for a long time. The majority of his music may be found in action and horror films.
14. Lou Ferrigno Gave Life To The Hulk More Than Anyone Else
Source: Marvel StudioThe Incredible Hulk TV program from 1977 introduced legendary bodybuilder/actor Lou Ferrigno to the Marvel Universe. He played the green anger monster until 1982 when he came back for two made-for-TV movies. That would have been the end of it for most individuals, but Ferrigno has portrayed the Hulk for far longer than anyone else.
He has voiced the Hulk in every animated series involving him, in addition to his live-action performances. This contains both classic cel animation and computer-generated imagery (CGI) shows. He even made live-action cameo appearances in both Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk picture and five years later's The Incredible Hulk. In The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Thor: Ragnarok, he assisted in the creation of the Hulk's vocalizations.
15. Guardians of the Galaxy' Has A Special Name In China/Taiwan
Source: Marvel StudioThe title had to be renamed for the Chinese and Taiwanese markets in the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, but you'd never guess what they came up with. Instead of Guardians of the Galaxy, the film is called Interplanetary Unusual Attack Team, which isn't far off the mark.