20 Awesome Facts You (Probably) Didn't Know About The MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

20 Awesome Facts You (Probably) Didn't Know About The MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

20 Awesome Facts You (Probably) Didn't Know About The MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

The tenth-anniversary celebration for the MCU continues and we're now looking at twenty amazing facts about this shared world we're pretty sure you don't know, including Easter Eggs, BTS intel, and more...

It's now been well over a decade since Iron Man was released and while Marvel Studios doesn't have any more movies coming in 2018, that doesn't mean the celebrations are over yet! We still have trailers for Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 on the way, not to mention a first look at Spider-Man: Far From Home. When all that will actually arrive remains to be seen but it's all somewhere on the horizon.

In the meantime, we're looking back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe's past to bring you twenty awesome facts we're confident you guys (probably) won't be aware of. There are a lot of great details here, many of which have either been hidden or long forgotten about and even if a couple of facts are familiar, they all make for fascinating reading and we have plenty of big surprises for you in this list. 

So, to take a look at this breakdown of MCU facts, all you have to do is click the "View List" button. 

The Week That Changed The MCU Forever

When Marvel Studios finally released an official timeline for the MCU, it was revealed that there was a surprising overlap between three big movies: Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor. It was revealed that those all took place within the same week, meaning Earth was faced with Whiplash, The Hulk and Abomination, and The Destroyer at the same time, truly kicking off the Age of Heroes.

Tony Stark = Elon Musk

It's no secret that Robert Downey Jr. based his Tony Stark on Howard Hughes but what you may not know is that he also took inspiration from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. As a way of paying homage to that, you'll notice an unreleased Tesla Roadster in the hero's garage in Iron Man, while Musk actually had a blink and you'll miss it cameo in the sequel. There's even an Iron Man statue outside SpaceX HQ!

Some Sneaky Captain America Easter Eggs

You'll no doubt recall seeing a prototype of Captain America's shield in Tony's lab in Iron Man 2 but did you catch these other nods to the hero before he debuted in The First Avenger? In The Incredible Hulk, Cap and his shield can be seen frozen in a lake smashed up by the Jade Giant, while the bird's eye view of the location where Thor's hammer crashed to Earth also resembles the superhero's iconic shield. 

The Big Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Egg?

James Gunn has said on multiple occasions that Guardians of the Galaxy features a hidden Easter Egg and while this probably isn't it, we're willing to bet you missed it. In the scene where Peter Quill is kidnapped by Yondu and the Ravagers, he's wearing a t-shirt which reads, "River Raft: J.D. Canoe Rentals Dolores River." Well, that later returns and is worn by Bereet, the alien Star-Lord seduces.

Peter Parker Actually Debuted In Iron Man 2

You may recall seeing a kid at the Stark Expo wearing an Iron Man mask who was very nearly blasted away by one of Whiplash's drones before being saved by the real deal and it's since been confirmed that was actually a young Peter Parker! While this is obviously a retcon, it's cool to think the youngster was probably there with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben long before becoming the wall-crawling hero.

Paul Bettany Didn't Work With Robert Downey Jr. Until 2015

Despite the fact that Paul Bettany has been playing J.A.R.V.I.S. since 2008 and also voiced Tony Stark's robotic butler in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3, the first time he and Robert Downey Jr. worked together in person was 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the actors had crossed paths at press events and the like, they'd never actually shared a set as Bettany recorded his lines last-minute.

Stark/Mozart vs. Stane/Salieri

Iron Man was pretty much made up as Marvel went along, with no solid script in place when shooting began. However, proving that Jon Favreau put plenty of thought into what was happening on screen, the music Obadiah Stane plays when he tells Tony that he's been locked out of Stark Industries is "Larghetto" by Antonio Salieri. He was the bitter rival of Wolfgang Mozart and may have killed him.

Robert Downey Jr. Improvised One Of The Avengers' Best Lines

It was arguably The Avengers which played a key role in making humour such a pivotal part of the MCU and there were a lot of great one-liners throughout. However, Robert Downey Jr.'s "That man is playing Galaga!" line was actually ad-libbed and writer/director Joss Whedon liked it so much that he later decided to add that shot of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent playing it on the monitor that was in front of him.

The Secret Behind Captain America's Thor: The Dark World Cameo

Thor: The Dark World wasn't a great movie but it did feature one of the MCU's most memorable cameos when Loki transformed into Captain America to taunt his brother. However, what you may not know is that Tom Hiddleston donned Chris Evans' Captain America costume and acted the scene out, with Evans then watching that back and impersonating his performance to ensure it all lined up right.

Robert Downey Jr. Never Wears The Iron Man Armour

While Robert Downey Jr. did don Iron Man's armour for the first movie back in 2008, it turns out that was the first and last time the actor suited up. That's because the actor realised it simply wasn't necessary to don the heavy outift after seeing what the VFX team could do so when you see Iron Man, it's either a stuntman who's wearing it, fully CGI, or Downey Jr. wearing a helmet and shoulder pads!

Yellowjacket's Blasters

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is a huge Star Wars fan and he's never shied away from including nods to that franchise in the MCU. However, one of the coolest is one you probably won't have ever noticed and it came in Ant-Man. When Darren Cross suits up to battle Scott Lang, the blasters on his suit actually make the same noise as the AT-AT main gun in The Empire Strikes Back. Awesome, right?

An Indiana Jones Easter Egg Which Puts Him In The MCU

Well, sort of. Way back in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, the Red Skull mentioned that the Führer was digging for "trinkets in the desert," a line which was actually a cheeky nod to the events of both Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. However, that's resulted in a lot of speculation that Indiana Jones exists in the MCU, a great theory which would be fun to see pan out down the line.

Tom Holland Found Out He Was Spider-Man...Via Instagram

Back in 2015, we were all glued to Marvel's hunt for the new Spider-Man and it felt like all we were seeing were shortlists which kept getting longer...then shorter...then longer again! It was ultimately Tom Holland who won the role but it wasn't until after he saw the news on Instagram in a post directing him to Marvel.com that he received a call from Kevin Feige confirming that he was Spidey. 

Bruce Banner's Suicide Attempt

In The Avengers, Bruce Banner mentions attempting to rid himself of The Hulk by committing suicide. It's a pretty dark scene but what you may not be aware of is the fact that he was actually referencing a deleted scene from The Incredible Hulk. As he loads the gun and prepares to fire, the Green Goliath emerges and jumps away, revealing that previously mentioned Captain America cameo in the process.

Benedict Cumberbatch's Dual Roles

In a first for a superhero movie, Benedict Cumberbatch played both Doctor Strange's hero and villain. As well as playing the Sorcerer Supreme, the British actor voiced and performed motion-capture for Dormammu, though you'd never guess from watching as Marvel did such a great job disguising that. It's also a nice metaphor for how Dormammu is essentially a twisted mirror image of Stephen Strange.

Different Lists For Different Countries

In The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers can be seen carrying around a to-do list of sorts with all the things he needs to catch up since coming out of the ice. However, depending on which country you live in, you'll have seen different results. America got I Love Lucy and Steve Jobs, the UK got The Beatles and Sherlock Holmes, France got Daft Punk and The Fifth Element, and Australia got AC/DC and Steve Irwin!

Dreams Do Come True

Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke were both students at the Yale School for Drama when The Avengers was released in 2012 and they actually went to see the movie together, leaving the theater hoping that they might one day get the opportunity to star in something similar. Well, years later, they appeared in Black Panther as Nakia and M'Baku and Duke even got to star in Avengers: Infinity War after that!

Vin Diesel Gets A Special Guardians Of The Galaxy Script

While most fans initially suspected that Groot's "I Am Groot" lines didn't really mean much, writer and director James Gunn later revealed that he penned a special version of the script for Vin Diesel where all of the sentient tree's lines were in English. That obviously gives the actor a better understanding of what's needed from him and it sounds like only he is actually privy to that particular information.

Gal Gadot Was Very Nearly Nebula

We know that Jason Momoa very nearly ended up being cast as Drax but Marvel being unwilling to pay him what he wanted resulted in Dave Bautista landing the role instead. Well, it turns out that Gal Gadot also very nearly ended up in the MCU because she was offered the chance to play Nebula long before being cast as Wonder Woman. That would have left the Justice League looking very different. 

The MCU Is Worth More Than All These Franchises Combined

Over the past decade, the MCU has grossed over $17 billion at the worldwide box office and that makes it the highest-grossing movie franchise in history (yes, they're all different characters but they exist within the same world). Here's where things get interesting, though; the MCU is extremely close to having earned more than theDCEU, Star Wars, and Transformers franchises combined! Hot damn.

Do you have any interesting facts about the Marvel Cinematic Universe you'd like to share with us? As always, be sure to head to the comments section below and stay tuned for more features!
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