The new “Avengers: Age of Ultron” could totally pick up Thor’s hammer if it wanted. It is predicted to eclipse $80 million in its second weekend, and it continues to run faster than Quicksilver on its way to $1 billion globally. In other words, this movie is worthy.
Recently, the Internet went wild after it was revealed that actor Tom Hiddleston did actually shoot some footage. It was just cut so the movie didn’t seem too cramped. The Loki news was a shocking revelation, but as it turns out, there are a lot of other facts fans might not know about the “Avengers” franchise:
1. There are strict rules so Quicksilver can appear in the “X-Men” and “Avengers” movies.
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were originally the son and daughter of the “X-Men” character Magneto. Because “X-Men” owns the rights to the mutant storyline, the “Avengers” version has the characters receiving their powers from HYDRA experiments.
2. Chris Evans doesn’t eat his shawarma because he’s wearing facial prosthetics.
After Iron Man hilariously suggests grabbing some food upon saving the world in “Avengers,” the group is seen getting some chow. What you might’ve not noticed is Chris Evans doesn’t take a bite. Entertainment Weekly reports the actor hid his face and wore prosthetics to cover up a beard.
3. Godzilla is in the Marvel universe and has fought the Avengers before.
Godzilla’s opponents in Marvel comics have included the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Thor and the other Avengers. Also, as a side note, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen play husband and wife in 2014’s “Godzilla.”
4. Marvel action figures are made with the actual graphics files from the movie for accuracy.
Hasbro designer Dwight Stall tells HuffPost Entertainment: “Once Iron Man is created in the new film, once Hulkbuster is created, they send the working files, which we share with our sculpting partners, and together we decide how we want to cut the articulation into the forms … You can’t get a more accurate representation in a toy than that.”
5. Toy releases also hint at the major storylines.
— Hasbro (@HasbroNews) February 15, 2015
Hasbro’s Adam Biehl tells HuffPost that Marvel tries to let kids reenact major scenes from the film. This means designers work closely with filmmakers while the script is still being written to find things like “what the key beats are, who are the key characters, what are the key action scenes and what are the key costume changes.”
6. A huge Spider-Man crossover almost made it in the “Avengers” movies.
The Oscorp building, which is well known in the world of Spider-Man, nearly made it into the “Avengers” films. It was reportedly scrapped because by the time it was fully designed, the “Avengers” version of Manhattan was already nearly finished.
7. Lou Ferrigno is still the voice of The Hulk.
The actor who played the Hulk in the ’70s TV series told ComicBook.com that Marvel has a library of his “voices and growls” that they use on everything. He also revealed Hulk’s famous “puny god” line from the first “Avengers” movie was all him, too.
8. Tom Hiddleston was almost Thor instead of Loki.
Hiddleston’s screen test for the part can be seen on the “Thor: The Dark World” DVD extras. In an interview with The Guardian, the actor explains, “Every English-speaking actor over six foot was being seen for the part. I got down to the final five.” By the way, that final five also reportedly included Chris Hemsworth’s brother Liam.
In the end, it’s probably good Hiddleston missed out on the part. As the actor says …
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