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Surprising Facts And Trivia About The MCU Even Die-Hard Fans Don't Know

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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!

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    Lou Ferrigno achieved fame as the literal embodiment of the Incredible Hulk. Ferrigno played the jade giant in the wildly popular ‘70s TV series The Incredible Hulk, and painting Ferrigno green was all that was needed to create a convincing goliath. The MCU, which loves a good homage, decided to honor Ferringo in a unique way—Ferrigno provided the voice of the Hulk in every film up to Thor: Ragnarok. For that performance, which required a more verbal Hulk, Mark Ruffalo took over.

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    Sean Gunn, the brother of director James Gunn, received plenty of fanfare for his performance as the Ravager Kraglin in both volumes of Guardians of the Galaxy. Kraglin received a large boost in prominence for Vol. 2, but Sean actually played an even more vital role in the franchise from the very beginning. Sean is James’ go-to guy for motion capture, and he provided the body movements animators used to create Rocket Raccoon. Sean must be a great sibling to willingly don a green onesie and pretend to be a woodland beast for his brother’s amusement.

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    Evangeline Lilly portrayed Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man, and the film’s end teased her eventual appearance as the Wasp, a role traditionally by Janet Van Dyne, her mother. However, MCU fans almost got a glimpse of the Wasp long before Ant-Man dropped. According to Joss Whedon, his original draft of The Avengers featured the Wasp as the team’s sole female member, until the role went to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. The Wasp gets her proper debut in 2018’s Ant-Man and The Wasp.

  • The Character Of Fandral Was Played By Three Different Actors

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    A handful of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as War Machine, are portrayed by multiple actors. But the role of Fandral the Dashing, one of Asgard’s Warriors Three, has been a veritable hot potato. Originally, Zachary Levi was cast in the role for the first Thor, only to drop out over prior obligations. He was replaced by Stuart Townsend, an actor famous for being fired from the role of Aragorn in Lord of the Rings; unsurprisingly, Townsend also dropped out over “creative differences.” Ultimately, Josh Dallas played Fandral in Thor, but he was replaced in The Dark World by Marvel Studios’ original choice—Zachary Levi.