The Marvel Cinematic Universe began in 2008 with Iron Man, and for the next few years, it seemed as if Marvel Studios was trying things out to see what worked. Gradually, the studio built up enough characters for a movie featuring all of them, and in 2012, Marvel's The Avengers hit theaters to widespread critical acclaim. The MCU proved it could be done - a single movie featuring six major stars playing incredibly important characters could work, and it made the studio a lot of money.
The Avengers exceeded all expectations, helping make the MCU into the most successful film franchise of all time. It wasn't long before the studio cranked out hit after hit, and as of April 2022, there have been 27 live-action films (with at least seven on the way) and six Disney+ series (with more on the way). It's a massive film franchise with long-term continuity spread throughout. To be clear, there's a lot going on in each film/TV series. In fact, there's so much going on that it's next to impossible to see all of it on your first, fifth, or even 100th viewing!
That's especially true when you're looking at some of the things that happened behind the scenes. The MCU certainly has a lot going on that wasn't revealed until much later, and when you find out what those things are, you're going to want to go back and rewatch the whole franchise. This list compiles some of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes facts from the MCU that'll make you want to sit through each phase all over again! Take a look down below, and don't forget to upvote your favorites before heading back to the couch to chill with your favorite characters for several days.
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There's A Reason Tony Stark Eats Burger King In 'Iron Man'Photo: Paramount Pictures
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The Players All Signed On To 'No Way Home' Without Seeing A ScriptPhoto: Sony Pictures Releasing
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Filming Pre-Serum Steve In 'The First Avenger' Required Four Shots For Every ScenePhoto: Paramount Pictures
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J.K. Simmons Is The Only Reason JJJ Made It Into 'Far From Home'Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing
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James Gunn Knew Chris Pratt Was Star-Lord 30 Seconds After Meeting Him
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The Shawarma Scene At The End Of 'The Avengers' Was Filmed After The Premiere