The Marvel Cinematic Universe remains a world-dominating entertainment phenomenon, and with good reason. Fans want more than just films: they want to go behind the scenes of Marvel movies to dig up facts about the MCU to further their immersion in the world of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Plenty of Marvel movie trivia already exists, but this Marvel Universe trivia delves into the insane detail producers put into this franchise. Unlike MCU fan theories, these fun MCU tidbits come straight from the series's source: the writers and producers. Even the most veteran and expert fans of the MCU still finds things they didn’t know about Marvel movies, and the hunt for more and more trivial tidbits can be nearly as exciting as a quest for Infinity Stones.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe began in 2008 with the release of Iron Man, and shows no signs of slowing when it comes to taking over Hollywood. The MCU now pumps out three blockbuster films per year, along with several television series, and recently Marvel Studios gained access to even more characters with Disney’s acquisition of Fox. The MCU already reads so well, but if producers continue with this attention to detail, its future looks to be even more spectacular!
Kenneth Choi Played His Own Grandson In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
A few individuals, like Chris Evans, have played multiple superheroes over their acting careers, but only one man can claim to have played his own grandson within a cinematic universe. That man is Kenneth Choi. Choi first appeared in the MCU for Captain America: The First Avenger where he portrayed Jim Morita, a member of Cap’s Howling Commando allies. A few years later, Choi appeared as Peter Parker’s Principal Morita, the grandson of Jim. Principal Morita keeps a picture of his grandfather behind his desk as a memento and a nod to fans.
Phil Coulson Didn’t Even Have A Name In The Original 'Iron Man' Script
Phil Coulson, unofficial Avenger, stands as one of the greatest heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also wasn’t originally intended to be much of a character at all. In the original script for Iron Man, the character of Coulson was referred to simply as “Agent,” and Clark Gregg almost dropped out of the film over worries his part would be greatly overshadowed. However, Gregg used his trademark charm to impress everyone on set, leading to a bigger role in Iron Man. After that, the filmmakers behind Thor requested Coulson for their film, and the rest is history.
A Young Fan Gave Thor: Ragnarok It's Most Famous Line
Of all the many, many moments of hilarity in Thor: Ragnarok, perhaps the most memorable and most repeated is “I know him! He’s a friend from work!” Thor delivers this line in reference to his reunion with the Hulk in the Grandmaster’s stadium, and the famous line came from a rather nontraditional guest writer. A young boy visited the set of Ragnarok through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and he suggested that Thor should made a crack about Hulk being a friend from work. Everyone loved the idea, and the joke was so funny that it made it into the film’s trailer.
Anthony Hopkins Improvised The Banishment Of Thor
The MCU won a major coup by landing Sir Anthony Hopkins to portray Odin, the All-Father. Combined with the Shakespearean directing of Kenneth Branagh, Hopkins turned in a memorable and commanding performance as Thor’s father, and at least some of that performance was improvised. Branagh allowed Hopkins to improvise much of the emotional banishment scene in Thor, and Hopkins performance left his co-stars stunned. In particular, Tom Hiddleston, who was the recipient of an impromptu snarl, was rendered speechless.