So Avengers: Infinity War was amazing, right? Wait, what do you mean you haven’t seen it yet? Are you serious? Oh, You’re just making a silly joke. Of course you’ve seen it! No one would want to miss this huge movie event. You’re not joking. Okay, here’s what’s going to happen right now, you’re going to get out of your chair, off your couch, or off the floor or wherever you’re reading this, drive, walk, run, bike, just get to your closest movie theatre, buy a ticket for the soonest showtime, and see this movie.
Wait, what do you mean you don’t feel prepared for something of this magnitude? Okay, yes, it’s a huge movie with a huge cast and a giant backstory, and if you’re not fully prepared, you might end up feeling kind of overwhelmed. So here’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to run down a list of facts about marvel movies that should help mentally prepare you for Infinity War.
Warning: This article may contain spoilers for any of the Marvel movies made so far. You’ve been warned!
1. The Venom Trailer used music from the Infinity War Trailer: While the upcoming Venom film has no real connection the MCU, the trailer did feature a piece of music that was also used in one of the initial Infinity War trailers. The music was created by Audiomachine, a company that primarily produces music for film trailers.
2. Captain America’s costume in Infinity War is based on two separate looks from the comics:Specifically, Steve Rogers’ muted suit with clasps near his shoulders is a call back to his time as Nomad. In addition, his handsome new beard recalls the comic storyline “Captain America No More.” When Rogers returned to the stars and stripes, he had grown some fashionable facial hair.
3. Marvel may be developing that Black Widow movie after all: according to thathashtagshow.com, the film would reportedly take place 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, and may or may not feature a story that includes Bucky Barnes, still in the depths of being brainwashed as the Winter Soldier.
4. Tony Stark is still nursing an injured left arm: Tony Stark aka Iron Man has been through a lot during his time in the MCU, but if one part of him has taken more of a beating than anywhere else, it’s his left arm. He can be seen holding it as if it’s in pain in several different films, including Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
5. [SPOILER ALERT FOR INFINITY WAR! Do not read this entry if you haven’t seen the film!] In the comic books, Thanos erases half of the life in the universe: That’s right, the story that plays out in Marvel Comics’ The Infinity Gauntlet series, Thanos has obtained all of the infinity stones and snaps his fingers, thereby erasing half of all life in the universe. However, things are eventually set right by Adam Warlock and Earth’s remaining heroes.
6. The final battle in Black Panther is more symbolic than you think: During T’Challa’s final fight with Erik Killmonger, the two end up plummeting into Wakanda’s vibranium mines. Earlier in the film, it is explained that the vibranium is moved out of the mines on a rail system, where Erik and T’Challa end up fighting, therefore setting the final battle on a literal underground railroad.
7. James Gunn contributed a lot to Infinity War: Gunn, who writes and directs the Guardians of the Galaxy films, was on set to ensure the characters matched the tone he had set for them. He contributed dialogue to the script, as well as a song for the Guardians’ introduction scene, as a large part of his films use classic songs.
8. There is a copy of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Script written specifically for Vin Diesel:Diesel provides the voice of Groot, who can only speak the words ‘I am Groot.’ However, a special script was written for Diesel with all of his lines in English, so he would understand what type of inflection to use. Only Diesel and Gunn have ever seen this script.
9. The characters in Black Panther are speaking a real African language: despite being set in the fictitious nation of Wakanda, the actors in Black Panther are actually speaking Xhosa, a Bantu language from South Africa. The dialect, which contains click consonants, was difficult for the actors to learn.
10. Robert Downey Jr. Almost didn’t get the part of Tony Stark: While it’s hard to imagine the MCU without Robert Downey Jr. now, Jon Favreau had to fight the studio for a long time to convince them to cast him in the role. Favreau said in an interview with 100.3FM in Texas: “It was my job as a director to show that it was the best choice creatively…and now the Marvel Universe is the biggest franchise in film history.”
11. Chris Evans almost wasn’t Captain America, but for different reasons: Evans was actually offered the role of Steve Rogers but kept turning it down because he knew that it would be a heavy commitment. During an MTV news livestream of a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2010, Evans said “There’s no turning back now. I’m just trying to make all the negatives positives and just enjoy the ride.”
12. Thanos is definitely stronger than the Hulk: The mad Titan represents a significant threat to the Avengers (and the universe in general). Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo told HeyUGuys in an interview “he is fairly invincible. He’s a sort of genetic mutation who’s the Genghis Khan of the universe. He’s unbeatable on the battlefield, stronger than the Hulk, skin is invincible. So it’s going to cost the Avengers something to defeat him.”
13. That adorable dancing Groot sequence at the beginning of Guardians 2 took two years to plan: This is the scene that opens the film, featuring baby Groot dancing to ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” during an intense battle with an interdimensional monster. James Gunn told the Toronto Sun “I had my associate producer Simon Hatt film me as Groot with an iPhone so we could stitch it together so that it would work perfectly.”
14. Jon Favreau doesn’t appear as Happy Hogan in Infinity War: But he will be back for the currently untitled Avengers 4. During a YouTube livestream of the Infinity War red carpet, Favreau said “I’m not in this movie. Spoiler alert, but I’m an executive producer. And I’m in…I think I can say I’m in the next movie, Avengers 4. Is that fair to say?”
15. A kid came up with one of the best lines in Thor: Ragnarok: When Thor and the Hulk meet each other in the arena, Thor proclaims, “Yes! We know each other, he’s a friend from work.” Chris Hemsworth told EW in an interview, “We had a young kid, a Make-A-Wish kid on set that day, he goes, ‘You know, you should say he’s a friend from work!’”
16. Josh Brolin preferred playing Thanos to Cable in Deadpool 2: Josh Brolin is getting a lot of screen time in comic book movies this year, playing villains in two different films. However, when comparing the two roles, Brolin said he preferred his time as Thanos, telling Total Film Magazine, “Look, I really like doing Cable, and it’s practical. But I think if I was to have a preference, it’d be Thanos, just because my expectation was pretty low, given that I just thought I was a prop. And it was quite the opposite, having seen enough of the movie and realized how cutting edge this technical process is, y’know? I was watching me. I was watching every twitch, every blink. I was watching my eyes. My actions.”
17. Edgar Wright wanted Ant-Man to be a stand-alone film: Wright and Joe Cornish pitched the film to Kevin Feige in 2006, and it was supposed to be one of the first Marvel Studios films. However, after The Avengers set a precedent for a connected universe, Feige pushed Wright to connect Ant-Man to the other films. Wright did not want to do that, and ended up leaving the film.
18. Hayley Atwell’s chest touching in Captain America: The First Avenger wasn’t scripted: Atwell told Esquire in an interview “When Chris Evans first took his shirt off on the set of Captain America, I just instinctively grabbed his man boob. They kept it in the film. So we did a couple of takes of me being really inappropriate with my hand on his pec for the duration of the scene.”
19. Tom Holland was constantly almost spoiling Infinity War: As the biggest Marvel franchise film to date, Kevin Feige and the Russo brothers were very strict about not leaking any story details. However, Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man, kept almost leaking important details in press interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch (who had to stop him on several occasions).
20. Mark Ruffalo also had a problem with leaking spoilers: In an interview with Good Morning America at the D23 Expo in 2017, it seemed like Ruffalo gave away a huge plot point in Infinity War, which appeared to make Don Cheadle very uncomfortable. Do not watch this clip if you want to go intoInfinity War unspoiled!
21. Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2 all occur in the same week: That’s according to an official timeline released by Marvel Studios The chronology of all of these events is laid out in a comic prelude to The Avengers known as “Nick Fury’s Big Week.” It certainly would have been a lot to handle in just seven days.
22. Kevin Feige said Captain Marvel is “one of the most unique and inspiring origin stories”: The head of Marvel Studios stopped on the red carpet of Infinity War to talk about the upcoming Marvel film with Variety, which will be set in the 1990’s and will star Brie Larson as the titular hero. This film will also see Clark Gregg reprising his role as fan favourite Agent Phil Coulson.
23. Making Thanos the ultimate villain was Joss Whedon’s idea: All the way back in 2012, when a film like The Avengers was still an unbelievable idea, Joss Whedon came up with the idea that Thanos was part of the ultimate MCU endgame. In an interview with Slashfilm, Whedon said “somebody had to be in control and had to be behind Loki’s work and I was like ‘It’s got to be Thanos.’ And they said ‘Okay’ and I’m like ‘Oh my God!’”
24. Sean Gunn, brother of James Gunn, does the motion capture for Rocket Raccoon: In addition to playing Kraglin, the second in command of the Ravagers in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Sean Gunn also does the on-set motion capture for the character of Rocket Raccoon. Bradley Cooper provides the voice for the gun-toting, eye-stealing raccoon.
25. The Wasp was originally going to appear in the first Avengers film: Joss Whedon revealed to CinemaBlend during a Q+A at the Avengers premiere back in 2012 that early drafts of the script featured the character before Scarlett Johansson was cast as black widow. The character will however be featured in Marvel’s next film, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
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