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Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About 'Avengers Endgame'

June 22, 2021 161 votes 28 voters15 items

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In many ways, Avengers: Endgame was the biggest movie of all time. Not only did it earn more than $2 billion at the global box office, but it also featured so many named characters, it was easy to lose track of them in the final battle scene - which went on for nearly an hour! The movie was amazing, and no matter how many times you might have seen it or read up on it, it's likely you don't know as much about the movie as you think.

While there was certainly a great deal of lead-up to making the movie happen, and fans already know a lot about it, it's impossible to know everything. There are probably things you didn't know about Avengers: Endgame despite being a voracious fan.

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    That Famous 'I Am Iron Man' Line Almost Didn't Happen

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    After the massive skirmish comes to an end in Avengers: Endgame, Tony manages to get his hands on the Infinity Stones, and with a snap, he destroys Thanos and all of his forces. Right before he snaps, Thanos attempts to do the same without realizing he doesn't have the Stones any longer. He says, "I am inevitable," to which Tony replies, "And I... am... Iron Man."

    It's a beautiful tribute to the closing line of the movie that launched the MCU, but it wasn't in the script and nearly didn't happen. The Russo brothers said Tony Stark originally said nothing. He simply smiled and snapped his fingers, but in post, the directors didn't think it worked. While editing, film editor Jeffrey Ford was the one who offered up the line, and when he did, the Russos went into action, making that line the very last thing they filmed for Avengers: Endgame.

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    More Characters Took Part In The Final Battle Of 'Endgame' Than Were Apparent On-Screen

    The final battle in Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of nearly two dozen feature films involving a lot of characters. Every member of the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the people of Wakanda, and many more show up to take on Thanos and his minions. But there are more than a few side characters most viewers don't even have a chance to notice, as they are only shown for a frame or two.

    One such character is Howard the Duck, who had previously been seen in the Collector's Menagerie in both Guardians of the Galaxy films. Howard is briefly visible, wielding a blaster. He's standing behind the Wasp, getting ready for some action. As it happens, Howard the Duck is James Gunn's favorite character from childhood, which explains why he keeps throwing him into his movies.

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    Marvel Had Fake Scripts For 'Endgame'

    Avengers: Endgame was one of the most highly anticipated movies of all time, and Marvel Studios was well aware of the risk of leaks ruining the secrecy the studio preferred. Executive producer Trinh Tran acknowledged this, saying, "We knew from the start with Infinity War and Endgame that these two movies were going to be the biggest in terms of security level, that we needed to protect the content."

    To keep the secrets from leaking, only one actor received a full version of the script, and that was Robert Downey Jr. The real script he had was called "code red," while the fake copies of the script were called "code blue." Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said the changes in the "code blue" scripts altered "a few key things," including the moment of Thanos's beheading in Endgame.

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    VFX Were Used In 'Endgame' To Make Tony Appear Emaciated

    When Tony Stark first appears in Avengers: Endgame, he's hanging on to life by a thread as he and Nebula float through space without power for 22 days. In those scenes, and the ones that follow with his return to Earth, Robert Downey Jr. looks emaciated, as if he had starved himself for the early scenes of the movie. Fortunately, the actor didn't need to do anything so drastic, as the VFX crew was standing by to work its magic.

    "Our VFX team did an exceptional job of taking some weight off of him and making him look like he is on death's door," director Joe Russo explained. "The intent here was to make you believe, if momentarily, that we may actually kill Tony Stark at the beginning of the film."

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