Behind-The-Scenes Facts About MCU Shows That Demand A Rewatch

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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 a massive universe that evolved into the most financially successful film franchise of all time. That's a significant achievement, seeing as it's been less than 15 years since the MCU began.

The movies have done remarkably well, but it didn't take long for the folks at Disney and Marvel to put their heads together to throw some characters at the small screen. The MCU made its televised debut with WandaVision, and as of April 2022, there have been six series with more on the way. Each new series that arrives on Disney+ comes with new characters, events, locations, and more - there's a lot going on in each TV series. In fact, there's so much going on that it's next to impossible to see all of it on a first, fifth, or even your 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 were, you're going to want to go back and rewatch each series. This list compiles some of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes facts from the MCU shows on Disney+ that'll make you want to sit through each episode 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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    The First Episode Of 'WandaVision' Had A Live Studio Audience

    The First Episode Of 'WandaVision' Had A Live Studio Audience
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    WandaVision is arguably one of the most fascinating MCU series on Disney+ because it takes the audience through Wanda Maximoff's unique manner of handling her grief. The woman created an entire town, and in so doing, she magically trapped all of its inhabitants inside their personal hell, which just so happened to be an analysis of American television. The first episode features some heavy 1950s sitcom vibes, which incorporates many of the elements that made those shows great.

    There's a lot of The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, and Bewitched in that first episode, but there's another aspect of those old television series that most people watching the series would never notice: a live studio audience. Back in the '50s and well into the end of the 20th century, it was very common for television shows to be filmed before a live studio audience. This fact was often mentioned at the beginning of each episode. WandaVision's pilot episode is no different, and it played out in front of a very lucky group of fans. Incidentally, the episode's name is “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience.”

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    'Loki' Looks Nothing Like The Original Plan

    'Loki' Looks Nothing Like The Original Plan
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    Of all the series that have been released on Disney+, Loki probably got the most attention. That was mainly due to the fan's love of Tom Hiddleston's take on the titular character, but it didn't hurt that the series had a compelling story that ramped up with each episode. The mystery surrounding the underlying facts that Loki attempts to answer after he's taken in by the TVA pretty much ensured that every capable device worldwide with a Disney+ account was tuned in to see what happened every Wednesday. While the fans love the show, it looks absolutely nothing like the original concept.

    That's not to say the series changed from the pitch to production — that pretty much always happens. The changes came after the pitch was already delivered and the studio began production, which is odd. When Bob Iger announced the series in 2018, he said it would follow Loki as he “pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events.” That's not Loki… in any real way. In fact, the only aspect of the series that aligns with that synopsis is the brief flashback showing that Loki was D.B. Cooper. Other than that, the show went in a completely different direction.

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    'Rogers: The Musical' Parodies A Production That Never Was

    'Rogers: The Musical' Parodies A Production That Never Was
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    One of the standout performances in Hawkeye doesn't come from the leading players; it comes from all the actors who launched into song and dance at Rogers: The Musical. It's kind of funny, a bit interesting, and it really bothered Clint, who saw the production with his children. At the end of the series, the complete song and dance routine was released for all to enjoy, and while it may seem as if Rogers: The Musical came out of nowhere, that couldn't be further from the truth. The musical may have been small in the series, but it references a real Broadway production that fell apart in the 1980s.

    In 1985, Marvel put together a Captain America musical, and the company threw $4 million at the project. The musical never happened because Marvel underwent some financial difficulties in the 1980s-'90s, which is incidentally why it sold the film rights of most of its characters. The play was an ambitious project, which The New York Times reported had attached several notable performers to Captain America. The Times also included a brief synopsis for the play, which sounds like it could have been a pretty decent show:

    Captain A. [is] going through a mid-life crisis. Fortunately, the action speeds up - his girlfriend, a candidate for President, is captured by terrorists and held hostage at the Lincoln Memorial.

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    Wyatt Russell Auditioned To Play An Avenger Before 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'

    Wyatt Russell Auditioned To Play An Avenger Before 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'
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    One of the best performances to come out of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier didn't come from either of the titular characters' actors. Instead, it was Wyatt Russell's take on Captain America that made him a standout in the series. The moment he appears on screen for the first time, he manages to make pretty much everyone in the world hate him. In fact, Russell took a lot of flack online for the hatred fans had about his character, so it's safe to say he did a good job.

    It's interesting that Russell played Captain America in the Disney+ series because he tried out for the role in a different project. Russell revealed during an appearance on Good Morning America that he tried out to play Captain America when casting calls went around for Captain America: The First Avenger. It's certainly fitting that one of the actors who failed to become Cap in his debut in the MCU managed to play a character of the same name years later.

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    There's A Ton Of Improv On 'Hawkeye' Between Kate Bishop And Yelena Belova

    There's A Ton Of Improv On 'Hawkeye' Between Kate Bishop And Yelena Belova
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    Hawkeye introduced MCU viewers to Kate Bishop, and she managed to steal the show from the titular character. That's largely because it was her origin story, but she wasn't the only incredible character in the film. Another standout was Yelena Belova, played by Florence Pugh. The actress previously played the character in Black Widow, and the fans love her, so it was something of a treat to see her return so soon after her introduction in the MCU.

    Bishop and Belova had some great lines in the movie, and many of them were spoken between the two characters during a dinner scene in the fifth episode. While you might think that was all laid out in the script, it wasn't. Most of their best lines were improvised by Hailee Steinfeld and Pugh. The show's directors, Bert and Bertie, explained that “We did a rehearsal, but every single thing was just perfect between them, and the improvisation that they brought to it was dynamite. We could just sit back at the monitors and just enjoy every single take and their chemistry. It was a really fun day.”

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    The Dance Scene From 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' Was Improvised

    The Dance Scene From 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' Was Improvised
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    If there's one thing the MCU is good at, it's improvisation. Iron Man famously was improvised quite a lot, and there wasn't even a completed script when production began. Throughout the entire franchise, several instances of improvisation by the actors and other people on a set managed to slip in, and that includes Tony Stark's last line of dialogue, “I am Iron Man.” Even the shawarma scene at the end of The Avengers was added at the last minute… it wasn't even filmed until after the premiere.

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier features its fair share of improv from all of the players involved, including Daniel Brühl, who plays Baron Zemo in the MCU. He improvised that little dance that instantly became a meme. Buzzfeed spoke with Malcolm Spellman about it, and he had this to say about the improv used throughout the filming process:

    We did a lot of improvisation on set", said Kari. "It was important because I really look to the actors to bring what isn't already there on the page. Sometimes, when actors go off script, that's when some of the brilliant stuff happens! I had the good fortune of working with actors who give their characters a lot of deep thought. You cherry-pick, some of it doesn't work, but a lot of it does!

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