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FASCINATING FACTS: 24 Facts About “The Avengers” That Will Make You Watch It Again

The Avengers released in 2012 is every Superhero junkie’s dream come true. The Marvel’s ensemble had everyone’s favorites. They had Ironman, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the God Thor. The great team had a formidable enemy in Loki. The movie opened to an amazing response. It set the cash office registers tingling. Here are 24 facts about The Avengers collected from IMDB that shows why it became the highest grossing Disney movie of all time.

1. It surpassed The Dark Knight (2008)’s record of $1,001,921,825 to become the highest-grossing comic book film of all time.

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2. Edward Norton was not cast as Hulk in The Avengers because Marvel considered Norton not creative enough and  that he lacked ‘collaborative spirit’ that the other Avengers cast had.

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3. Robert Downey Jr. kept food hidden all over the lab set and apparently nobody could find where it was, so they just let him continue doing it. In the movie, that’s his actual food he’s offering and when he was eating, it wasn’t scripted. He was just hungry.

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4.  In the Avengers, Marvel couldn’t get the Hulks roar to sound just right; so they decided to supplement it with recordings of good old Lou Ferrigno bellowing as the original Hulk.

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Lou Ferrigno contributed to the voice of the Hulk in this film. He has played the Hulk in almost every live-action version since 1978: he played the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk(1978) and its subsequent three TV specials, and he voiced the Hulk in the big-screen The Incredible Hulk (2008) in which he also played “security guard” – he also played a security guard in Hulk (2003). He also has voiced the Hulk in various animated productions.

5. Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in the Avengers, screen tested for the role of Thor. He went on a strict diet and gained 50 pounds of muscle. They later decided he would be better for the role of Loki.

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6. The tagline on the Japanese poster for The Avengers translates to “Hey Japan, this is a movie.” It evoked strong reactions in Japan.

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Apparently, the film’s tagline in Japanese evoked mixed reactions from noted Japanese novelist Toshihiko Yahagi considered the tagline to be done in poor taste and deeply offensive. He was also angered by the fact that Captain America had proudly murdered several of his countrymen in the comics book. Columnist Takashi Odajima pointed out the unpleasantness of the tagline saying that it was like colonialists saying to native people, “Hey native people, this is culture.” However, certain section felt that the movie should be judged on its merit and remained indifferent to the effects of the tagline.(source)

7.  Robert Downey Jr. Salary for The Avengers was 100 times more than his salary in Iron Man 1. While he earned twice as much as the entire Avenger’s cast, 40% of his profits are held until after filming due to his history of drug abuse.

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8. According to Joss Whedon, the “That man is playing Galaga!” line was ad-libbed by Robert Downey Jr., and worked so well that Whedon decided to dub in an image of Galaga on “that man’s” console as the scene’s punch line.

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9. The shocked expression of Loki after being slammed by Hulk was created by animation director Marc Chu shaking Tom Hiddleston violently and repeatedly.

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10. After the theater release of Marvel’s The Avengers, Shawarma sales in Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Boston went through the roof.

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The final end credit scene was added after Robert Downey Jr.. encouraged a scene rewrite: after Tony Stark falls back to Earth, he originally awakens and asks, “What’s next?” Robert Downey Jr. thought the line could be more interesting, and the idea of going to a local shawarma restaurant was born. The scene was added one day after the global premiere. Since then, shawarma sales in Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Boston have reportedly skyrocketed.

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11. To prepare for the role of Agent Clint Barton (Hawkeye), Jeremy Renner was trained by Olympic archers. Clint Barton (Hawkeye) is an ambidextrous archer (although Jeremy Renner is left handed). He is seen shooting right-handed in Thor (2011) and both left-handed and right-handed in this film.

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12. Reportedly, Iron Man’s “Let’s just not come in tomorrow” speech was improvised by Robert Downey Jr., as was “Doth mother know thou weareth her drapes?”

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13. The CGI Hulk’s body was modeled after Long Island bodybuilder and male stripper Steve Romm, while the Hulk’s face was modeled after Mark Ruffalo.

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14. The Avengers production shot battle scenes for New York City’s 42nd Street in Cleveland, Ohio on East 9th Street using real soldiers of America. Army Reserve soldiers assigned to the 391s Military Police Battalion provided the background action in battle scenes. 

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15. Chris Evans was unsure about his character’s line, “I understood that reference!”because he was worried that it would make audiences think that his character was unintelligent. However, he was quickly comforted after he watched the movie with an audience and he saw that they found the line humorous as opposed to stupid.

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16. After Thor takes Loki off the Quinjet down on the mountain side, two large ravens fly by them as they are talking. In Norse mythology, their father, Odin, had two ravens, Huginn, and Muninn, who would bring Odin information from Midgard (Earth).

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17. Joss Whedon explained that two of the founding Avengers members Ant-Man and Wasp were cut from the script because the film had too many characters.

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18. ‘The Avengers’ holds an unusually high number of Academy Award nominees: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, director Joss Whedon, and cinematographer Seamus McGarvey have all been nominated for Oscars in the past.

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19. The German police car skidding on its front end after Loki blasts it was a complete accident, as it failed to flip over initially.

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20. Chris Hemsworth had to increase and expand his dietary/food intake in order to maintain the physique he built up for Thor (2011), consisting of chicken breasts, fish, steak and eggs every day (Hemsworth said he had to consume “his body weight in protein.”).

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21. The name “chitauri” originates from Zulu mythology and is used to describe a “serpent race from the sky”.

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22. After Loki is brought on board the Helicarrier, Tony Stark can be seen wearing a Black Sabbath T-shirt. Black Sabbath is better known for their song “Iron Man.” Although the song was not originally associated with the Marvel Comics character, it has since been referenced in the comics and the end of Iron Man (2008) when Tony quotes the lyric, “I am Iron Man.”

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23. When Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner are blasted to a lower deck of the Helicarrier, it triggers Banner’s transformation into the Hulk. As he is transforming, he falls from a platform to the floor. On the floor is painted “WARNING CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE” with small arrows, which happen to be pointing to Banner.

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24. According to Joss Whedon, the film is strongly influenced by the early 1960s Avengers comics, which he was a fan of while growing up: “In those comics these people shouldn’t be in the same room let alone on the same team – and that is the definition of family.”

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