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13 of the Most Fascinating Facts From Your Favorite Marvel Movies

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How much do you know about your favorite Marvel movies? Here are 13 of the most interesting Marvel movie facts even massive MCU fans don’t know.

1. Awkwafina learned archery and how to drift For her role in Shang-Chi

According to Awkwafina, her training for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” involved channeling her inner Hawkeye with some bow-and-arrow work, as well as training in the driving style of drifting.

“I actually went to a race track and, like, I learned how to drift, which is really fun,” the actress said, noting that while the skill is great, it’s probably not too handy during your everyday commute. “And then I learned to shoot a bow and arrow.”

2. Chris Evans turned down the role of Steve Rogers three Times

The producers of Captain America had to ask Chris Evans to play Steve Rogers four times before he agreed to do it. He always liked the character, but he worried that the increased exposure and fame that would come from playing the character would be detrimental to his private life.

However, Robert Downey, Jr. convinced him to take the role. Evans said that the “Iron Man” star’s encouragement made him feel like he was “part of the gang.”

3. The Quantum Tunnel in Ant-Man and the Wasp is the largest physical set ever built for an MCU movie.

Quantum Tunnel and the laboratory that houses it, featured in Ant-Man and the Wasp, were on a giant handmade set.

This was the largest physical set ever built for an MCU movie. The unique aesthetic of both the Quantum Tunnel and the laboratory it’s in was heavily influenced by the look of Irwin Allen’s sci-fi series The Time Tunnel from the mid-‘60s.

4. Wesley Snipes tried to make a Black Panther movie in the ‘90s

Wesley Snipes was gunning to star in a 1990s Black Panther adaptation pitched by John Singleton that was eventually scrapped. On the bright side, Snipes went on to receive Marvel glory as the first actor to play vampire hunter Blade.

5. Chris Pratt stole his Star-Lord costume when filming finished for Guardians of the Galaxy

Modern superhero costumes are incredibly expensive and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to make, so nabbing a costume is a pretty big deal. But the actor had a fantastic reason for taking it.
Pratt explained his decision in an interview with Panzer TV:

I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone – say, like, a Russell Wilson – and go visit kids. If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I’ll do that. I think that’s awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?

6. A lot of actors were rumored for the lead role of Captain Marvel before Brie Larson Signed In

Before Brie Larson was announced to have been cast as Carol Danvers in the MCU, several actors were rumored to be playing the title character in Captain Marvel.

These included Emily Blunt, who was
previously offered the MCU roles of Black Widow and Peggy Carter; Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica; Rebecca Ferguson from the last couple of Mission: Impossible movies; Katheryn Winnick, star of the show Vikings; Yvonne Strahovski from Chuck and The Handmaid’s Tale; and Natalie Dormer, who played Margaery Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones and previously appeared in the MCU as Private Lorraine in Captain America: The First Avenger.

7. Stan Lee wanted to play Odin in Thor

Stan Lee mentioned that he’d wanted to play Odin in a movie ever since he adapted the character from Norse mythology for the pages of Marvel comic books. In the lead-up to Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, Lee joked in interviews that he was disappointed that the director refused to even consider him for the part. However, he was happy with Sir Anthony Hopkins’ casting and performance in the role.

8. Angelina Jolie actually called Marvel and expressed interest in being in Eternals

Kaz (one of the writers of the film) recalled hearing about Angelina wanting to join, saying, “We were sitting in Marvel’s windowless writing office, and Nate ( the producer)  comes in and is like, ‘Hey, so, Angelina just called, and she’s interested in being in the movie.’ We were like, ‘Who’s Angelina?’ and he said, ‘Angelina Jolie.’ Like, it never crossed our minds that such a big star could be in a movie we were writing. So, we told Nate there was Thena, which is an amazing role for her, Nate told Angelina, and two weeks later, she was in the movie.”

After starring in the film, Angelina revealed she has been asked to direct a Marvel project.

‘I was asked if I would consider directing a Marvel movie and I said yes but I don’t know if I’d be very good at it. It brings a smile to my face though.’

9. Ego’s Planet in Guardians Of The Galaxy Was The Biggest Visual Effect Of All Time

When the visual effects team behind Guardians of the Galaxy was designing Ego’s planet for its depiction in the movie, they ended up incorporating over a trillion polygons. This led director James Gunn to declare it the biggest visual effect ever created.

10. Natalie Portman needed to stand on a box to kiss Chris Hemsworth in Thor

One of the reasons Chris Hemsworth was cast in Thor was because of his height. According to Hemsworth in the same interview with W magazine, the casting call wanted an actor who was 6 feet, -‘3 inches or above to fill the role, and Hemsworth was more than qualified. However, this presented an issue when it came to Portman, who’s 5 feet, -‘3 inches, to kiss her co-star. Creative methods had to be put in place for Portman to be able to kiss her towering love interest.

Because Chris Hemsworth is just that much taller than Natalie Portman, whenever they were required to kiss in a closeup scene, Portman needed to stand on a box to even reach Hemsworth’s lips. At one point in the production, the crew had to create a ramp for Portman to run up and give Hemsworth a theatrical, passionate kiss.

11. It only took 11 days to write the script for Black Widow

Usually, screenplays take months to finish, even the first draft.

Surprisingly enough, despite having the tough job of writing a prequel about a character in the MCU who died in Avengers: EndgamePearson completed the first draft in just 11 days. He goes on to state that there were a lot of rewrites, but 11 days is an extremely quick turnaround, especially for a movie on this big of a scale.

12. Karen, aka the voice in Spider-Man’s suit, is voiced by Jennifer Connelly.

Connelly is married to Paul Bettany, the voice of JARVIS, aka the voice in Iron Man’s suit. (Bettany also, of course, plays Vision.)

13. Four Spider-Man costumes were stolen from the Los Angeles set of Spider-Man (2002)

During the production of Sam Raimi’s first of three “Spider-Man” films, multiple Spidey costumes disappeared, and at the worst possible time: in the middle of production. You couldn’t just go down to the local Joann’s Fabrics to get the materials to make replacements for these suits. The fabric was more complicated, made with a detailed design that allowed for a more 3-D look, and was costly to produce. Each was estimated to be worth $50,000

A reward of $25,000 was offered to anyone who could recover them. A spokesperson said at the time, “We consider these costumes valuable property, and we hope this reward will help to get them back.”

After a year and a half of investigating, Robert Hughes and Jeffrey Glenn Gustafson were charged with the theft. Gustafson had previously worked as a security guard for Sony and Warner Bros. Three of the suits were recovered in New York and Los Angeles, with the fourth being located in Japan. One of Val Kilmer’s Batman suits for “Batman Forever,” estimated to be worth $150,000, was also recovered in the investigation into the stolen costumes. It had been missing since 1996.

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