Behind-The-Scenes Facts From The First Avengers Movie 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 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. Like any offering from the MCU, The Avengers has been scrutinized by the fans, but there's always something new to learn about Earth's Mightiest Heroes and some of the impressive battle scenes they've been in over the years.

That's especially true when you're looking at some of the things that happened behind the scenes. The Avengers certainly had 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 it. This list compiles some of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes facts from The Avengers that'll make you want to sit through them all over again! Take a look down below, and don't forget to upvote your favorites before you head back to the couch to chill with Earth's Mightiest Heroes for a couple of hours.


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    The Avengers Played 'Boggle' During Filming Breaks - And One Of Them Stunk

    When you watch Marvel's The Avengers, you see a lot of action spread throughout the movie with minimal downtime. That's the final product, but getting to that point requires far more sitting around and waiting than you might imagine. It can take hours or even days to film a short scene, and between takes, there's often a ton of time needed to reset the shot. This leaves the actors plenty of time to sit around and play on their phones, grab some grub, or, in the case of the cast of The Avengers, play Boggle with one another.

    Chris Evans recounted how they would play the game when things got slow on set, and he mentioned a particularly strong Avenger whose Boggle skills are surprisingly weak while appearing alongside Paul Rudd on Variety's Actors on Actors:

    We were big into Boggle during the Marvel movies. And I’m going to tell you right now without fail, you could be playing with a group of 20 people. The person who is gonna win is Paul Rudd; the person who is going to come in nail-biting second is Don Cheadle. And Ruffalo would be way at the end. He’ll have like two words on his whole list, but he got "asbestos." How do you get "asbestos" on the Boggle board? It’s a real anomaly.

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    Robert Downey Jr. Hid Food On 'The Avengers' Set

    While you'd think that someone appearing in a superhero movie would be concerned about adding any unnecessary calories, Robert Downey Jr. doesn't share those concerns. While filming The Avengers, he hid food all over the set - which, it turns out, is not uncommon for RDJ. In a live interview with HuffPost for the movie The Judge, his castmates claimed he continues the practice outside the MCU.

    In the interview, Vincent D'Onofrio spoke about it, saying, "Downey does hide food all over [the] set." He added, "I'm not going to tell you why. But he does. It makes perfect sense."

    He's apparently well-known for doing this while he's working, and it's said that his directors don't mind because it often adds some comic relief to the long hours of filming. In some scenes in The Avengers when he's eating food, it's from his own stash. For example, in one scene, he's eating blueberries, and even offers one to Cap. Those blueberries were from his stash, and the line wasn't in the script... it was just RDJ being RDJ.

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    Tony's Car Isn't As Special As It Appears

    The car Tony drives in The Avengers may look like a 2014 Acura NSX, but it isn't. In fact, it's actually something far less impressive and mundane. The actual car was a highly modified 1991 Acura NSX with more than 250,000 miles on it. A hand-me-down ride like that is, needless to say, completely antithetical to the character of Tony Stark. The car was styled specifically for the movie, and there were tons of modifications made, which involved changing the width, finding a color that matched Iron Man's suit (with some modifications), and other cosmetic bodywork.

    The inside is all stock and looks nothing like the outside. It even has a stock cassette deck inside. Everything on the outside of the car looks sleek and impressive, but pop open a door, and you're stepping into a time machine that goes right back to 1991.

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    Shang-Chi Was Originally Planned For The Third Act

    When Joss Whedon was putting the final touches on his script, he had to make a lot of changes. There were numerous characters he had to cut for a variety of reasons. One such character was Shang-Chi, who wouldn't debut in the MCU for years until Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The plan was to introduce him (or the Mandarin) in the closing moments of the movie, which would have set the character up for his solo movie much sooner than it actually arrived.

    In Chris Fenton's memoir, Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business, he wrote about the possible introduction and how it would have been suited for the Chinese market. He recalled, "There was some good news from Connors. Assuming we pony up more money, they did offer us the opportunity to create a teaser at the end of Avengers for the China market. That would give us a chance to tease a potential character, either the Mandarin or Shang-Chi. It's our decision as to which."

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    The Hulk's Roar In 'The Avengers' Was Actually A Cameo

    From 1978-1982, The Incredible Hulk was a dominating force on American televisions, and the man who gave life to a completely non-CGI Hulk was Lou Ferrigno. Since playing the character, Ferrigno has lent his talents to the Hulk movies in a variety of ways. He played a security guard in the MCU's The Incredible Hulk in 2008, and he returned for The Avengers - but not in an on-screen capacity.

    Ferrigno came on to work with sound editor Christopher Boyes to lend his voice to the Hulk's roar. Ferrigno didn't actually voice the Hulk on the television show, so this was a bit different from his original work. Still, it wasn't the first time he voiced the Hulk in one way or another, having lent his vocal talents to the character in Ang Lee's 2003 movie and again in 2008.

    Boyes explained the creation of the roar: "Initially, for Hulk, I started using all sorts of animal vocals and tried to create this larger-than-life, territorial rage... And so the feedback coming back from Joss [Whedon] was that it was too much of a monster, too much of a creature. He really wanted to lead with the notion that this is a superhuman, but human in rage." The final sound "turned out to be [a combination of] Mark Ruffalo, some Lou Ferrigno, and a little bit of me and two people from New Zealand. So I led with that."

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    The Shawarma Scene Was Filmed After The Premiere

    At the end of The Avengers, Iron Man is roused back to consciousness by the Hulk, and not long after he comes to, he mentions a shawarma place he saw nearby. Cut to the end of the movie, and a post-credits scene shows the Avengers sitting around a table eating some shawarma. It's a funny little throwaway scene, and it had an impact. Shawarma sales went through the roof after the movie came out - but the scene itself didn't even exist until after the film's premiere.

    The movie was finished and everyone had gone their separate ways, but as Joss Whedon noted, everyone would be together for the premiere. The cast came back together, and they filmed the scene long after the movie had wrapped. By the time they filmed it, Chris Evans had grown facial hair for another role, which is why he's not eating - he has some prosthetics covering his beard. Once the scene was completed, it was added to the end of the movie, and shawarma restaurants got a nice boost in sales.