There’s no possible way all of the action that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be wrapped up in just ten factoids, right? We’re so close to Avengers: Endgame and we’re stoked – so let’s find some more trivia! Get ready!
1. It was important to Robert Downey Jr. that there was a larger team and that all of the Avengers got their own solo movies in order to develop attachment to more than just Iron Man and Captain America. There were movies that originally we should’ve never had but RDJ wasn’t letting that fly. Good for him for making sure his friends got to eat too!
2. The phrase “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” has appeared on Avengers comics since 1963.
3. Thor can understand Groot to show that Groot’s language isn’t actually as complex as it seemed. That means both Rocket and Thor know the language of Groot’s people.
4. Edward Norton allegedly had a fraught relationship with the creative tea of The Incredible Hulk, resulting in Mark Ruffalo being brought in for the eventual Avengers film instead. Marvel states it wasn’t personal, but Norton has spoken about his disappointment in interviews. One thing is for sure, Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is a beautiful thing.
5. Sometimes cast member’s eyes would drift away from the tennis balls suspended by wooden dowels above James Spader’s head when he played as Ultron. Since Ultron was all CGI, he was a large figure on the silver screen, but Spader’s eyeline meant folks would be staring at his, er, uh, lap. Whoops!
6. Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, named his sweet baby boy Nathaniel Pietro Barton. Nathaniel = Natasha (Black Widow) and Pietro for Quicksilver.
7. Quicksilver was intended to be in earlier films than Age of Ultron but the character has many connections to the X-Men universe, and of course a version appeared in those films as well. Now with the 20th Century Fox and Disney merger, we may see more X-Men yet!
8. Mark Ruffalo references an incident where he damaged Harlem in New York, however Ruffalo wasn’t the one we saw on screen during that incident. He was referencing the Edward Norton The Incredible Hulk film.
9. Elizabeth Olsen worked with a dance choreographer in order to find a graceful way of utilizing her fight choreography for her role as Scarlet Witch.
10. Mantis dropping onto Thanos’ shoulders in order to grip his brain and cause him to get sleepy was actually done practically. Pom Klementieff was lowered with ropes onto Josh Brolin’s shoulders which were covered in bulky foams, as was his head, in order to make the action work and ease up that complicated CGI the scene would need otherwise.