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A list of trivia related to The Avengers.

Reference to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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  • Robert Downey, Jr.'s character of Tony Stark can be seen wearing a Black Sabbath T-Shirt. Black Sabbath performed the unrelated single "Iron Man" which is on the soundtrack from the first Iron Man film.

References to Marvel Comics

  • 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." The film also has many connections to the more adult-themed contempory-Avengers-adaptation The Ultimates by Mark Millar.
  • Two founding members of the Avengers in the comics, Hank Pym (Ant-Man/Giant-Man) and his wife, Janet van Dyne (Wasp), are not included in the movie.
  • Tony Stark describes his group as "Earth's mightiest heroes, that kind of thing." This refers to the bold label that has appeared on "The Avengers" comic books since its 1963 publication. The phrase has also been used as the subtitle for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the most recently popular animated series before the live-action Avengers film.

Casting

Production

  • Joe Carnahan was in talks to direct the film before Joss Whedon got the job.
  • The film is the first Marvel film to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
  • The Science and Entertainment Exchange provided science consultation for the film.
  • The film was converted to 3D during post-production for the theatrical release.
  • Legal rights issues prevented a number of "Avengers" characters from their inclusion in this film. Most notably, these include Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (the twin children of X-Men villain Magneto), and frequent adversaries Doctor Doom (nemesis of the Fantastic Four) and Norman Osborne/Green Goblin (the primary antagonist of Spider-Man). Though all characters are owned by Marvel/Disney, the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" characters had all been licensed to 20th Century Fox, and those of "Spider-Man" to Sony Pictures Studios before work began on an "Avengers" film. Marvel has said that in the future they hope to regain the rights to all licensed properties, that the aforementioned characters might have a role in subsequent "Avengers" films.
  • This film includes a logo animation for Marvel in general rather than Marvel Studios specifically.

Personal

  • Jeremy Renner was said to be taking archery lessons for his role as Hawkeye.
  • Chris Hemsworth had to increase and expand his dietary/food intake in order to maintain the physique he built up for Thor.
  • Mark Ruffalo states it was an honor to take over as Bruce Banner from his friend Edward Norton: "Ed has bequeathed this part to me, I look at it as my generation's Hamlet."
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  • Actors Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson share the birthday November 22.
  • The cast became good friends while filming, so much so that if all the actors happened to be filming scenes together, they would often go out together after. Chris Evans once sent a text message to Clark Gregg simply saying "Assemble", which is the tagline for the movie. Gregg stated that this was his favorite text message ever sent to him.

Cast and Crew's notes

  • Mark Ruffalo describes Bruce Banner's role in The Avengers as "a guy struggling with two sides of himself, the dark and the light; everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control." He furthermore describes Banner's alter ego, the Hulk, as "a loose cannon - he's the teammate none of them are sure they want, it's like throwing a grenade into the middle of the group and hoping it turns out well!"
  • Producer Kevin Feige compares the film to Transformers: Dark of the Moon: "It set a standard for that level of ZOMG-awesomeness and scale. We're working to try to outdo that."
  • Tom Hiddleston spoke of his role as Loki in an interview by saying, "I can tell you that it's all of them against me. I am the super villain. So it's Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury forming a team because I've got so bad ass."
  • Tom Hiddleston describes Loki in this film as having evolved since Thor: "How pleasant an experience is it to disappear into a wormhole that was created by some super-nuclear explosion of his own making? I think by the time Loki shows up he's seen a few things and has bigger things in mind than just his brother and Asgard ..."
  • According to Director Joss Whedon, the original cut of the movie was over 3 hours long. There will be about 30 minutes of the excised footage included in the DVD Release, most of which revolves around Steve Rogers (Captain America). Whedon revealed that one of these scenes involved Rogers struggling to adjust to the modern world in his Brooklyn apartment and another revealed Steve Rogers' reunion with Peggy Carter, his love interest from Captain America: The First Avenger.
  • Tom Hiddleston revealed in an interview with the Guardian that the code name for the film early in its production was 'Group Hug'.

Unorganized Trivia

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  • The film has an unusually high number of Academy Award nominees in the cast for any movie which includes the following: Robert Downey, Jr.; Samuel L. Jackson; Jeremy Renner; and Mark Ruffalo. However, it still falls short of the five in Iron Man 2: Downey Jr.; Jackson; Gwyneth Paltrow; Mickey Rourke; and Don Cheadle.
  • This is the second time that Bruce Banner/Hulk and Thor have appeared together in a movie. They previously appeared together in The Incredible Hulk Returns.
  • This movie marks the third time Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson have appeared in the same film. The previous two were Avengers prequel Iron Man 2 and The Spirit.
  • Both Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson have work together in The Perfect Score and The Nanny Diaries.
  • With Samuel L. Jackson's role as Nick Fury in this film, he is now the third actor after Christopher Reeve (in the DC Comics-based Superman films) and Hugh Jackman (who has appeared in all X-Men movies) to play the same comic book superhero in five different movies.
  • Every time Tony Stark ate something in the movie (With the exception of the post-credits scene) was not scripted, Robert Downey, Jr. was just hungry.
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