Incredibly Fascinating Facts About The Marvel Universe.

"Until Such Time As The World Ends..."

Nick Fury



1. Edward Norton, notorious for rewriting scripts for films he stars in, rewrote a substantial part of the script. He was credited under the pseudonym Edward Harrison on some movie posters, but this was later denied by WGA, stating Zak Penn was the only writer.

2. Scarlett Johansson dyed her hair red before she even got the part of Natasha Rominov/Black Widow because she wanted the role that bad.

3. For Iron Man, Director Jon Favreau wanted Robert Downey Jr. for the title role because he felt that the actors past was perfect for the part. He has said, The best and worst moments of Robert's life have been in the public eye. He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That's Tony Stark."

4. The chemicals from the blue make-up used on Rebecca Romijn for Mystiquewere actually very dangerous. They irritated her skin to the point that she threw up. She also said that the make-up left a blue trail everywhere she went, even on toilets.

5. Roughly 450 separate pieces make up Iron Mans suit.

6. The final decision for Thor came down to brothers Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth.

7. On the set of The Avengers, Robert Downey Jr. kept food hidden everywhere and no one could ever find it. When his character Tony Stark offers Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) blueberries (Continued)


Continue reading on the next page!

that moment was completely unscripted. He was just hungry.

8. According to Natalie Portman, she was unavailable to film the post-credit scene where Thor and Jane Foster finally get to kiss. Instead, Chris Hemsworths wife, Elsa Pataky, gladly stepped in to film it.

9. When Red Skull finds the Tesseract in Captain America: The First Avenger, he says that the Fuhrer is too busy digging for trinkets in the desert. This line is a reference to the Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

10. The alien Bereet who can be seen in Peter Quills ship is wearing the same shirt that he was wearing when he was abducted as a child.


11. Stan Lee has infamously made a cameo in each Marvel film. Here are all his appearances:

As Hugh Hefner in Iron Man.

As the man who accidentally drinks Hulks blood in The Incredible Hulk.

As Larry King in Iron Man 2.

As the pickup truck driver in Thor.

As a military officer in Captain America: The First Avenger.

As a man on the street interview in The Avengers.

As a beauty contest judge in Iron Man 3.

As a patient in the mental health facility in Thor: The Dark World.

As a Smithsonian security guard in Captain America: The Winter Solider.

As the class-A pervert Rocket Raccoon spots in Guardians of the Galaxy.

12. Favreau set Iron Man in California because he felt that (Continued)


Continue reading on the next page!

too many superhero films were already on the East Coast, especially in New York City.

13. After researching Loki, Tom Hiddleston chose to base his portrayal of this multi-dimensional character on Jack Nicholson (edgy and slightly-insane persona), Peter OToole (enigmatic reckless persona), and Clint Eastwood (simmering anger persona).

14. In one scene in Iron Man 2, Tony Stark is looking through a suitcase that belonged to his father, Howard Stark. Among his possessions are a Captain America comic book, and a map of the Arctic Circle, where Captain Americas airplane went down.

15. Chris Evans was initially uninterested in Captain America. He declined the role 3 times before accepting. It took the director and producers to convince him to take the part.

16. Since 1978, Lou Ferrigno has played almost every live-action version of the Hulk. He played the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk (1978) and the subsequent TV specials, he voiced the Hulk in 2008 film, and he was the voice of the Hulk in this film. He had a brief cameo as a security guard in Hulk (2003) and The Incredible Hulk (2008).

17. In The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo, as Dr. Bruce Banner, mentions a botched suicide attempt: I put a bullet in my mouthand the other guy spit it out. This suicide attempt is a deleted scene from (Continued)


Continue reading on the next page!

2008s The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. In this same deleted scene, Captain Americas iconic shield can briefly and barely be seen embedded in the ice.

18. Hugh Jackman was offered the role of Iron Man. He was also offered the role of the Hulk.

19. According to Louis Leterrier, the final scene where Banner is grinning as he turns green, was a deliberate shot meaning that Bruce has finally learned to control the Hulk. In The Avengers, he reveals his secret for staying calm hes always angry.

20. After Thor removes Loki from the Quinjet onto the mountain side, you can see two large ravens flying overhead as they are talking. In Norse mythology, their father Odin had two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, that would bring Odin information from Midgard (Earth).

21. The motion capture process used on Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers was so intricate that the Hulk even has the actors finger prints.

22. Chris Hemsworth improvised the scene where he hangs the hammer on a coat hook.

23. During the New Years Eve scene at the beginning of Iron Man 3, Tony Stark drunkenly meets (Continued)


Continue reading on the next page!

both Professor Yensin, who would later help him create the first Iron Man suit, as well as Dr. Chen Lu, also known as the super villain Radioactive Man.

24. In the movies, you see Captain Americas shield is scratched in the film, but according to the comics it can only be damaged on a molecular level because it is made of an adamantium/vibranium alloy.

25. The reason Spiderman was not invited to The Avengers is because Marvel (comics) had sold the rights to Sony.

26. The character Brock Rumlow, who barely survives the crash of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, can be seen with two straps across his chest as hes being resuscitated at the end of the film. This is a reference to his character in the comic books, Crossbones.

27. When Natalie Portmans character, Dr. Jane Foster, hands Thor a t-shirt that belonged to an ex-boyfriend, a name tag that reads "Donald Blake M.D." can be seen on the shirt. Dr. Donald Blake was actually the name of (Continued)


Continue reading on the next page!

Thors alter-ego in the original comic books.

28. The live news footage from Culver City in the S.H.I.E.L.D. office is from The Incredible Hulk (2008) showing that the events of the second half of that film happen after the events in Iron Man 2.

29. Director Kenneth Branagh asked Anthony Hopkins to improvise his role of Odin during Thors banishment scene. Members of the cast/crew were crying during the shoot and later both Hemsworth and Hiddleston said it was difficult to keep their composure during this scene.

30. A tourism poster in the small New Mexico town of Puente Antiguo reads Land of EnchantmentJourney Into Mystery. This is a hidden reference to the comic book 'Journey Into Mystery' in which Thor first appeared.

31. The actor who plays Yondu Udontas second-in-command, Kraglin, is played by director James Gunns brother, Sean Gunn. Sean also did all the motion capture acting for the character Rocket Raccoon.

32. At one point, Sebastian Stan was considered for the role of Captain America, but instead got the role of Bucky Barnes.

33. A handful of Whiplashs noticeable features were suggested by Mickey Rourke himself.

34. Loki was not planned to appear in Thor, in order to allow for a greater focus on Malekith and the Dark Elves. Due to his popularity in The Avengers, he was written in the script and given a large role.

35. The dog appearing in the hologram at the beginning of Guardians of the Galaxy belongs to the films director, James Gunn. Its name is Dr. Von Spears.

Patcharin Saenlakon / EyeEm / Getty Images

Racism is an insidious, and unfortunately prevalent, force in all of our daily lives. Maybe we're on the receiving end of it, being treated differently and losing opportunities because of others' preconceived notions.

Or maybe we're on the other side of things. Even those who aren't actively racist or discriminatory still have to process the world through the filters of the things they've been told about people who are different.

Keep reading... Show less