Since 2008's Iron Man, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown to become the most financially successful movie franchise of all time. That's an amazing achievement for such a young franchise. Still, it wouldn't have been even close to possible had those films not been filled with some of the most impressive cast members working in Hollywood.
This list compiles some of the more interesting tidbits of information about the cast members of the various Avengers movies, so it can include both villains and heroes. Find your favorite Avengers cast facts down below, and don't forget to give the best ones an upvote to see which one rises to the top.
Mark Ruffalo, The Strongest Avenger, Won A Battle Against Cancer
Back in 2001, Mark Ruffalo had a vivid dream about a brain tumor that turned out to be true - he had a golfball-sized mass behind his left ear. He was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma (a brain tumor that affected his hearing). Fortunately, it was benign, but his recovery was incredibly difficult.
The surgery to remove it was risky, and he fought for 10 months, dealing with the paralysis of his facial nerves. This messed with his balance, and he couldn't move the left part of his face, but he just followed his mantra, "Keep moving," and he powered his way through. Still, it was incredibly difficult for him and his family.
"Recovery really tested what I was made of as a man. It also became a blessing in disguise, as time progressed," he explained.2,082137Cool fact?
Chris Pratt Stole His Costume For A Very Good Reason
After smashing into the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy as Star-Lord, Chris Pratt solidified himself as a future Avenger. Before that could happen, though, he stole his costume. Now, modern superhero costumes are incredibly expensive, and can require hundreds of thousands of dollars to make, so stealing a costume is a pretty big deal. But the actor had an amazing reason for taking it.
Pratt explained his decision in an interview with Panzer TV:
I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone - say, like, a Russell Wilson - and go visit kids. If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I’ll do that. I think that’s awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?
Pratt concluded his story by saying, "Right now, it means high profile, cool jobs coming up, big press tour, and all the excitement of it all. But none of that really means anything. The coolest things would be that my son can one day see this, and that maybe I can go affect some kids in a positive way; be a good role model for them."1,801111Cool fact?
Vin Diesel Knew Every Meaning Of 'I Am Groot'
You might think that Vin Diesel walked into a recording booth and simply said, "I am Groot," over and over again to get enough takes for each of his appearances as Groot in the MCU, but that's not at all what happened. James Gunn had a special script made just for him, so he would know what Groot was saying. This helped him with the proper inflection and tone, which made the repeated phrase sound different each and every time.
Gunn mentioned the script in a Facebook post on Diesel's page, saying, "This is the special Groot version of the script that only Vin Diesel and I have, where every Groot line is printed in English instead of Groot, so Vin will know what the various 'I am Groot's' mean. I love putting this thing together."1,721128Cool fact?
Before Being Cast As Vision, Paul Bettany Was Told His Career Was Over
When Paul Bettany was cast as JARVIS for Iron Man, it wasn't long before he had a meeting with a producer who told him his career was over. He said, "You're done. You're done in this town." After the meeting, he sat down on the sidewalk of Sunset Boulevard and started to think about his career. He was soon interrupted by Joss Whedon, who asked him if he wanted to be Vision in the next Avengers movie.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Bettany said there was no plan he was ever aware of to cast him as Vision, and his only role in the MCU was to voice JARVIS. Being cast as Vision extended his time in the MCU, and it afforded him new opportunities, too, as he's set to star alongside Elizabeth Olsen in WandaVision for Disney+.1,17191Cool fact?