Disney Releases "Fun Facts" for THE AVENGERS Movie

Although nothing too revealing, hit the jump and check out a series of neat fun facts surrounding the production of Marvel's The Avengers released official from Walt Disney Pictures!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 3/25/2012


In anticipation for the summer blockbuster release of Marvel's The Avengers superhero team-up of a life time, Walt Disney Pictures have officially released a series of neat "fun facts" surrounding the Joss Whedon-directed production. While we have learned a few of these "facts" prior, indulge in them down below.

* Marvel's The Avengers is based on the Marvel comic created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The first Avengers comic was published in September 1963 and the lineup consisted of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp. Captain America joined the team in #4, after being revived from being trapped in a block of ice. This film brings together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) when they are called to duty by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

* Production on Marvel's The Avengers commenced on April 25, 2011, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the production shot onstage at Albuquerque Studios and various locations in and around the city until Thursday, July 28. Other filming locations included Wilmington, Ohio; Worthington, Pennsylvania; Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. The shoot lasted a total of 93 shooting days on 1st unit and 47 shooting days on second unit.

* The Helicarrier Bridge set was built on a soundstage in Albuquerque. This iconic home base for the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., whose director is Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), resembles an aircraft carrier, but it's no ordinary carrier -- it can actually fly. The filmmakers wanted to embrace that key element of The Avengers history and give the fans a real thrill when it takes to the air. To achieve the exterior of the Helicarrier, the filmmakers shot on a runway at the Albuquerque International Sunport.



* Another classic Marvel vehicle, the Quinjet, is also making an appearance in the movie. The Quinjet is essentially the jump jet that The Avengers use to go to and from the Helicarrier and to go into battles. The Quinjet design fits in with the Helicarrier -- the same technology that allows the Helicarrier to work has been incorporated into the Quinjet. But at the same time the silhouette of the Quinjet, the cockpit, the engines on the back and the weaponry make it feel as though it could actually exist today.

* In the very first issue of the comic book The Avengers, almost 50 years ago, it was Loki, Thor's brother, who was causing the trouble that brought all the Avengers together for the first time to defeat him. In the making of the movie, Marvel stayed true to that setup. Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, is a much stronger villain on Earth than he is in his own world of Asgard and wreaks havoc in Marvel's The Avengers.

* Chris Hemsworth (Thor) felt that being on location was like summer camp, where no one really knows each other but everyone hangs out together and has a great time. However, Hemsworth did know Tom Hiddleston (Loki) from Thor and developed a great relationship with him on that film that carried over to The Avengers.



* To play expert archer Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner received training from Olympic archers on how to use a bow properly. He learned the basics of archery as well as the proper positions, but one of the most difficult tasks Renner had to master was the consistency he had to employ in drawing back the bow, which is difficult to do when drawing back fast.

* Scarlett Johansson was more than happy to reprise her role as Black Widow in The Avengers. The actress says she is a huge fan of the character and is happy that fans liked her as Black Widow, a role she originated in "Iron Man 2." In "Marvel's The Avengers," during her scenes with another highly skilled S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, Hawkeye, the audience will be let in on some of their backstory and get a glimpse of their longtime working relationship.



* When the cast and crew of The Avengers flew from Albuquerque to Wilmington, Ohio, they didn't have to go far to reach their new shooting location. The production's charter flight landed right next to the film set at Clinton County Airpark, a massive complex complete with a 9,000-foot runway and a one million square foot, state-of-the-art shipping facility that would double in the film for parts of the interior of the Helicarrier.

* The famous battle cry in the comic book, "Avengers Assemble!" is a call to arms for members of the team to fight "the foes no single superhero can withstand." During production, Chris Evans (Captain America) borrowed the famous command to gather up his fellow cast members when he sent out text messages to them to come together for a night on the town in Albuquerque after a long, hard week of work on the production.

* Shooting in Central Park is never easy, but what about when you put the entire cast of the film at Bethesda Fountain on Labor Day weekend? The cast, crew and filmmakers got to find out firsthand as thousands of onlookers gathered to see something that held the attention of even the most hardened New Yorker -- the entire cast of "Marvel's The Avengers" in costume, including Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in their Asgardian finery. For the actors in the film it would be the first time they were all on set together in over a month and also the last time they would be shooting together. For director Joss Whedon the challenge was to keep his cast focused. "It was like a circus crossed with a class reunion," laughs the director. "Paparazzi and fans were everywhere and the cast was so happy to see each other, talk and catch up because they enjoyed hanging out together."



* The film's second unit shot a chase sequence in Worthington, Pennsylvania, at Creekside Mushroom LTD, the former home to World Famous Moonlight® brand Mushrooms. Creekside was the world's largest mushroom-growing facility and the only underground mushroom farm in the United States. For the production, shooting at the facility meant gaining access to the 150 miles of tunnels 300 feet below the ground. Without power, prepping the tunnels for the chase sequences that involved Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) took months -- but it all paid off with spectacular results.

* With so many fight sequences in the film, many of the actors, including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, participated in extensive fight training with the stunt team. Cast members trained with fight choreographer Jonathan Eusebio. Renaming the gym the "Stunt Dojo," Eusebio and his team trained the cast in different fighting styles, including medieval fighting techniques, Wushu, Kung Fu and Kali.

* For three weeks, the production shut down East 9th Street in Downtown Cleveland to prep and shoot one of the larger action sequences. It was the talk of the town for months and attracted thousands of curious onlookers, who watched the street transform from empty buildings to a bustling New York City street complete with subway stop and popular storefronts with facades. The production design was so convincing that rumors circulated about new stores opening on the street.



* Another challenge for the production design team was transforming Cleveland's historic Public Square into an exterior location that would double for Stuttgart, Germany. The production changed words on the facades of the buildings to German and added a "biergarten" to the square. Local workers in the area loved the changes and hoped the upgrades to the square (new flowers, plants, picnic tables and lampposts) would stay in place after filming was completed.

* Despite being a secure location that only cast and crew members could access, one fan's persistence caught the eye of "The Avengers" cast and crew at the Airpark set in Wilmington, Ohio, when she made a big poster-board sign welcoming the cast to the city and requesting that the actors autograph a T-shirt that was in a bag. The sign was such a hit with the company that they passed it to the set. Filmmakers were able to contact the fan and she was given a tour of the set, an "Avengers" crew hat, a meet and greet with director Joss Whedon and, of course, the cast's autographs on the T-shirt she had placed by the sign. It truly was a day to remember for one lifelong Marvel fan.

* Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Tom Hiddleston was not exposed to American sports, but that all changed during production as he was able to watch a Cleveland Browns preseason football game on the sidelines, attend a Cleveland Indians game, throw out the first pitch, and be courtside at the US Open to watch several matches.



* In shooting one of the bigger action sequences in the film, director Joss Whedon enlisted the help of 25 members of the Ohio-based 391st Military Police Battalion to be part of the scene in which New York City is being attacked by unknown forces. The troops were brought in to add a layer of authenticity and give the combat scenes realism. And realism is exactly what the MPs delivered with their 50-caliber machine guns and Mark-19s. The film crew was blown away by their firepower and teamwork and Whedon was also impressed and appreciative as he posed for pictures with the Battalion after the scene was completed.

* For special effects to pull off the destruction of a New York City street, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick involved precision pyrotechnics and well-timed car gags so that the production's stunt people could safely maneuver through the explosions and flipping cars. To pull off the large pyrotechnic event, Sudick and his team rigged 28 explosions, which went off in a wave fashion down the street to simulate an air attack. The sequence also included setting up 14 cars down the middle of the street, which included cannon cars, flipper cars, ‘pyro cars as well as a semi-truck that exploded. Sudick and his team pulled off the sequence without a hitch and even though it was shot on East 9th Street in downtown Cleveland, it still made the cover of the New York Post with the headline: "Save us, Thor!"





Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”--the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, & directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble on May 4, 2012. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. In addition to "Marvel's The Avengers," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013!; and “Thor 2” on November 15, 2013.


Source: Walt Disney Pictures
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WolvieCBM - 3/25/2012, 1:47 PM
Very cool. Almost there!
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 3/25/2012, 2:06 PM
Awesome! Here's another; Samuel L Jackson has 3 freaking films coming out in the same week: Meeting Evil, The Avengers, and The Samaritan. How the heck is he gonna promote all those LOL! Thought Meeting Evil and the Samaritan look really indie and low budget. BTW, Avengers will rule #1 spot for a couple of weeks, nothing is competing with it at all for a long period of time. Think Prometheus will be the only competitor.
superotherside - 3/25/2012, 2:07 PM
Awesome. Can't wait to see the movie! :)
rockerdude22 - 3/25/2012, 2:07 PM
Lol Evans using the battle cry to gather everybody for a night on the town. That sure shows leadership haha
jazzman - 3/25/2012, 2:08 PM
i wonder if they going to mention that Quinjet design by Wakanda Design Group headed by Black Panther.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 3/25/2012, 2:16 PM
SO GIDDY FOR MAY 3rd AT MIDNIGHT!!! HEHEHE!



Uh...Uh....Uh...


Spidey91 - 3/25/2012, 2:18 PM
" The famous battle cry in the comic book, "Avengers Assemble!" is a call to arms for members of the team to fight "the foes no single superhero can withstand." During production, Chris Evans (Captain America) borrowed the famous command to gather up his fellow cast members when he sent out text messages to them to come together for a night on the town in Albuquerque after a long, hard week of work on the production."

LOL,awesome.
I'm gonna start doing that with my friends :P
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 3/25/2012, 2:21 PM
This needs to be on main, it's really funny, this confirms that Evans is perfect for Cap, seems like yesterday I watched this on the big screen.



MB007 - 3/25/2012, 2:29 PM
@FUNFACT #1:

Yeah, no [frick]ing shit!

Really can't wait, i've seen the extended Superbowl spot 28 times now, and Trailer 2 30 times! :-D

magnusinthebox - 3/25/2012, 2:33 PM
Amazing article! I love the Chris Evans fact, and also Tom Hiddleston's.
PapaMidnite - 3/25/2012, 2:35 PM
FUN FACT: Cap's with his helmet on looks a lot like Joss Whedon!!!
MovieMaster - 3/25/2012, 2:40 PM
Lol I'm so gonna start yelling 'Avengers Assemble' at school cos I'm awesome. Oh wait, I already do that :P
OverlyManlyMan - 3/25/2012, 2:43 PM
these are very interesting

:D
Spidey91 - 3/25/2012, 2:53 PM
@TheGambitFreak

Evans has really come a long way,doesn't he?
who would have thought that one day that guy with cream on his body (LOL :P) would be playing the ultimate american badass?
TheBaroness89 - 3/25/2012, 2:54 PM
Mouth watering
Juicy
Tantalizing
WHY!? Why can't it be May already!?
Not going to hide my geek that week- I'm doing the marathon,then friday at 1040pm,Sat 1010pm,Sunday 925pm (already bought tix for all these days)then somehow I will plan out viewings for tuesday,wednesday---I'll have that damn movie memorized by the end of the first week.
Viking - 3/25/2012, 2:56 PM
@TheGambitFreak where is that scene from ? where did you get that gif, i've never seen that scene before
Spidey91 - 3/25/2012, 3:00 PM
@Viking

that's from the japanese trailer



1:18 mark
Spidey91 - 3/25/2012, 3:06 PM
@Plain

do you even know what "cinematic" means? or are you just some broken record that keeps playing the same song over and over?

how would you do it more "cinematic"? I really want to know.

Spidey91 - 3/25/2012, 3:07 PM
and by the way,how do you know is not "cinematic" enough? have you seen the movie? if so,tell me where,so I can watch it too.
NextHero08 - 3/25/2012, 3:34 PM
someone explain what cinematic means then b4 they go pickin on what someone else says...
nuclearpriest - 3/25/2012, 3:45 PM
I wish they had mentioned in the fun facts when Hawkeye and The Black Widow's first appearances were, in which issue of The Avengers.
rockerdude22 - 3/25/2012, 3:51 PM
@Spidey91 Just ignore Plain. He's a worthless idiotic Nolan troll that can't go one article without making some sort of comment bashing The Avengers. By the way, I don't get this "cinematic" complaint. The film looks pretty cinematic from the trailers to me. I guess people are just trying to find things to complain about.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 3/25/2012, 4:01 PM
cin·e·mat·ic/ˌsinəˈmatik/ Adjective:
1.Of or relating to motion pictures.
2.Having qualities characteristic of motion pictures.
3.
The Avengers
Gerrit - 3/25/2012, 4:27 PM
Almost can't believe that April 27 is so close when i realize what day it is.
blkyank - 3/25/2012, 4:48 PM
@The Gambitfreak

Sorry,but like it or not Men in black 3D will displace The Avengers for the number 1 spot in the 3rd weekend of May. Will Smith has been on a 4 year break from genre films
but the guy has been and will be boxoffice gold.Its a little much to expect The Avengers to be number 1 until June.
Coldblood6 - 3/25/2012, 4:49 PM
Some more FUN FACTS

- THE AVENGERS theatrical trailer has recently become only the fourth movie trailer to achieve > 100,000 likes on YouTube. It also crossed the > 20 miliion views in less than 3 weeks.

- THE AVENGERS theatrical trailer currently holds the i-tunes download record.

- With still over a month to go and marketing to hit into high gear BoxOffice.com is predicting an opening domestic weekend of $150 million.

- Pathetic nolanites are so desperate to bring down the hype for THE AVENGERS that they are aligning themselves with other movies such as THG, TASM, and PROMETHEUS.

- Some truly pathetic nolanites are still clinging on to the 'not cinematic' fallacy that was disproved ages ago.

- Psuedo-mini-bane still looks like shit. Claims of looking intimidating have only been verified with children with Downs syndrome and autism.
hartley07 - 3/25/2012, 5:04 PM
fun fact:

-coldblood6 is correct, bane is small.
blkyank - 3/25/2012, 5:13 PM
@Coldblood6

Records are made to be broken.TDKR marketing blitz has not even kicked in yet so you really have no idea which movie in the end will have more youtube likes,I-tunes downloads etc. In light of THG 155 million domestic opening this weekend an Avengers 150 million opening would be huge but not a record breaker by any means.

Nolanites as you call them can look forward to other movies beside TDKR.
Perhaps they like those films because like TDKR they offer more then eye candy
and explosions.
The Avengers will be fun, but hardly on the same level of acting and character development as TDKR,Prometheus and TASM.

You opinion of Bane's movie look is just that,your opinion.Regardless of your autism,Downs Syndrome claims as the only people intimidated,most regular people will have no problem seeing him as a threat and reward TDKR with bigger BO then Ironman 2.5....Sorry,The Avengers.
laughterman26 - 3/25/2012, 5:25 PM
I like how chris evans would send out text messages saying avengers assemble. Truck exploding....AWESOME!!!!
Fogs - 3/25/2012, 5:31 PM
"Cinematic" my ass. You nolan drones don't even know what it means, just keep on repeating that like the idiots you are. And with no real evidence, you just read that somewhere.

This.
Movie.
Will.
Own.

...Until the Hobbit :P
djKiDDvIcIOUs - 3/25/2012, 5:43 PM
Ya I just watched 21 jump st which was hilarious and the avengers trailer showed before it and believe me that things is plenty cinematic. In spades. Can not wait for may 4th this movie shall rule the land
rockerdude22 - 3/25/2012, 5:54 PM
@Plain They meant to outdo the type of action in Transformers 3, not plot or character development. They're definately trying to do MUCH BETTER than TF3 in that area. Honestly, a solid story and dialogue, mixed with the type of action seen in Transformers sounds like a solid film to me. But, let's face it. You're just a sad pathetic troll that wants to bash Avengers anyway you can. Seriously, find something better to do with your life.
rockerdude22 - 3/25/2012, 6:05 PM
By the way, for the trolls on here, check out my editorial below where I prove some of your criticisms wrong:

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/rockerdude22/news/?a=56738
stumbleMaster57 - 3/25/2012, 6:07 PM
ALL YOU GUYS DO IS BITCH!!! JUST STFU!! this movie is gonna be great and so is TDKR! stop trying to make it a dumb ass marvel vs dc thing. its [frick]ing annoying.
GreyChaos13Zero - 3/25/2012, 6:11 PM
Loki is gonna be Boss in this movie, and the Avengers is just too much Epicness. can't wait?)
CoolantTech - 3/25/2012, 6:14 PM
@Plain is a straight b**** a hating troll that feels he has to take sides, why? Im looking foward to Both movies.
Avengers
TDKR
Prometheus
TASM
Everything else

In that order.

SotNatt - 3/25/2012, 6:48 PM
@Plain

You're very opinionated, for someone who hasn't seen The Avengers OR TDKR. Going on what a critic said about cinematography (which you clearly know nothing about) and then blowing it out of proportions to make less of your insecurities over a third instalment of Nolan's franchise living up to your expectations might make you feel better, but it only makes you that much more transparent to everyone else on this site.

So, unless you have something new to say (which you don't), it's probably best that you STFU (which you most definitely should) and be grateful that this year is jam-packed with awesome films to appease your sorry ass.
thewolfx - 3/25/2012, 8:55 PM
@ plain

xstryker - 3/25/2012, 9:13 PM
Avengers will rule, TDKR will rule, stop bitching and enjoy the ride!
figuresmaniac - 3/25/2012, 10:22 PM
@Plain,
We all know that total gross doesn't reflect how good/ epic a movie REALLY especially comic book movies.

Or maybe you agree that the twilight was better than most CBMs?
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