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The Best Improvised And Unscripted Moments In The MCU

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With more than 20 films in its catalog and several billion dollars reaped from the global box office, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a Hollywood juggernaut. It stands to reason that a franchise this successful must have cracked the script-writing code, delivering laugh-out-loud dialogue and memorable moments with machine-like precision. Yet, with all due credit to the MCU's screenwriters, some of the series' most standout bits of dialogue never appeared in any screenplay. 

Over the years, various film commentaries, interviews, books, and special features have revealed a surprising number of unscripted Marvel moments. Sometimes these improvised Marvel scenes were created the day of filming by the actors and directors; other times, actors couldn't help tossing in an extra bit of business while filming a scene. These are the funniest, silliest, and most charming improvised lines in Marvel movies.

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  • Fans rejoiced when Disney and Sony reached an agreement to allow Spider-Man to swing into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Peter Parker made his first official appearance in 2016's Captain America: Civil War.

    During the scene in which Tony Stark reveals he knows Peter's secret, he chides the young man to move his leg so that he can sit beside him. It's a funny little moment, and yet another instance of Robert Downey Jr.'s signature ad-libbing. As co-director Anthony Russo revealed in the film's commentary:

    This line right here about the leg. Tom forgot the blocking of the scene and of course that's Robert staying in character telling him, "You're supposed to move now so I can sit on the bed." Not only does he use it, but he uses it in a way that's really entertaining and fun. That's such a dexterous and inventive move on an actor's part.

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    Drax's 'Why Is Gamora' Line - 'Avengers: Infinity War'

    During Infinity War's standoff between Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord demands to know where Gamora is, unaware that Tony Stark has no idea who he's talking about. According to screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the exchange between Chris Pratt and Robert Downey Jr.'s characters was in the script, but Drax's existential follow-up was an ad-lib by actor Dave Bautista.

    In an interview with Yahoo!, Markus explained, "The script only said, 'Where is Gamora?' 'I'll do you even better: Who is Gamora?' And then one day Bautista just goes, 'I'll do you one better: Why is Gamora?' It's like, 'OK, you're very good at your job.'"

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  • In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker is reluctant to undertake a covert mission for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) when his study abroad trip is interrupted by elemental monsters. He tries to claim he's only a "friendly neighborhood" superhero, but Fury shuts that down immediately. "B*tch, please, you've been to space!" he counters.

    It's a solid argument (given Spider-Man's prominent role in Avengers: Infinity War), and apparently an unscripted one, too. Jackson told ComicBook.com that he may have added some extra words to the line. Jake Gyllenhaal, who played Mysterio in the film, was much more candid. "It was improvised," the actor said of the line, and another in which Fury tells Spider-Man to do his job. "I'm here to attest. That was improvised."

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  • While critics largely dismiss Thor: The Dark World as a lesser MCU entry, there is one moment that's almost guaranteed to bring a smile to viewers' faces. As Thor is entering the apartment shared by Jane Foster's scientific colleagues, he casually hangs Mjolnir (his enchanted hammer of godly power) on the apartment coat rack. 

    The moment is not commented on by anyone, and occurs so swiftly it's easy to miss. However, this tiny moment has a major impact on Thor's follow up film, Thor: Ragnarok, which, unlike its predecessor, is considered one of the best installments in the franchise.

    Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told Gizmodo that this was an improvised bit of business from Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth's charisma and willingness to make fun of himself helped make Ragnarok a much more entertaining adventure.

    Ragnarok, Feige said in 2017, "takes a little page out of the little moments in the other Thor films where Hemsworth is funny. [Saying] 'Another!' in the first Thor movie. Him, which was his idea and his improv, hanging his hammer on a coat hook in The Dark World, and that continued with some of the things he did in Age of Ultron."

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