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, which means you can catch all your favorite Marvel movies, series, and spinoffs on Disney+. The MCU already reads so well, but if producers continue with this attention to detail, its future looks to be even more spectacular!
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.
After the massive success of Iron Man in 2008 set the Marvel Cinematic Universe off and running, Marvel Studios decided to follow it up with a sequel and two standalone films. The events of Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor overlap little on the surface, but according to Marvel canon, these stories all take place within the same week. This incredibly busy week for SHIELD provided the basis of an Avengers prelude comic entitled Fury’s Big Week. With real-life news stories growing more outrageous by the day, it doesn't sound far-fetched to assume Earth 616 routinely deals with multiple catastrophes each week.
Few superhero actors better embody their character than Chris Evans does Captain America. From his looks to his voice to his earnestness, Evans has forever become the face of the Star-Spangled Avenger—a role he initially avoided. Evans turned down the opportunity to play Cap not once, not twice, but three times before finally being convinced to take the part. Evans feared being brought down by the multi-picture contract that came with the job, but he eventually came to relish his role as the good Captain, as did his legion of fans. Furthermore, Evans worried about the sheer scope of the film, saying that, “I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f*cked. If the movie hits, I’m f*cked.”
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.