If you have never heard of The Avengers, then you've probably been living under a rock for the past three years. The Avengers is a movie that is every superhero lover’s dream. The movie was released in 2012 and is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The superhero team combines everyone’s favorite earth saving superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. To top it all off, The Avengers arguably has one of the best super villains of all time, Thor’s evil adoptive brother, Loki. The film was an instant success. It set several North American box office records, it was the highest grossing film of 2012, and it eventually became the highest grossing Disney movie of all time. In addition, both critics and audiences alike loved the film. Although it is certainly clear that many people know quite a bit about The Avengers, there are still some little known facts that super fans might not even know. Some of these facts involve the Avenger’s complex background stories, and others are simply fun facts about working on the set. So to celebrate the new opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron, below are 10 facts about The Avengers that you probably didn't know.
10 Code Name For The Avengers
Apparently, Marvel has code names for all their projects, including The Avengers. In an interview with Elle, Tom Hiddleston revealed the name of The Avengers code name when he said, “Marvel has these code names for projects and the code name for The Avengers was Group Hug,”. Apparently, this turned out to be a very fitting code name for the project, as all the actors on set got along extremely well. Hiddleston explained, “It felt very much like a group hug on set.” When speaking about his other co-stars Hiddleston said, “For the first 10 minutes after you meet them, they have the wattage and charisma of movie stars. Then you have a coffee with them and you realize we’re all the same we’re all just people.”
9 All The Actresses That Were Considered To Play Maria Hill
Although Cobie Smulders is the perfect actress to play Maria Hill, there were a few other actresses who were in the running to play the badass agent. Just some of the actresses to test for the part included Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. According to sources, Joss Whedon was already familiar with Smulder’s work before she screen tested for the part, and had even considered her to play the famous Wonder Woman when he was planning on bringing the comic book character to the big screen. Obviously Smulders did exceptionally well in the screen test, as she managed to nab the part of Agent Maria Hill.
8 Jeremy Renner Trained With Olympic Archers
Hawkeye is probably one of the most underrated superheroes in the Avengers Team, but that doesn't change the fact that he is undeniably awesome. Even though Hawkeye’s superhero skills might not be as showy as Iron Man’s or Thor’s, there is just something about a man in peak physical condition with a deadly bow and arrow that screams superhero. However, getting Hawkeye’s archery skills is no easy task. Apparently, Jeremy Renner trained with Olympic archers to prepare for his role as the famous Hawkeye. In an interview Renner said, “I practiced with Olympic archers, who gave me a few lessons. I learned the basics and the proper positions and that really helped".
7 Edward Norton Bequeathed The Role Of The Hulk To Mark Ruffalo
It came as a bit of surprise to many fans when Mark Ruffalo replaced Edward Norton as the Hulk. After The Incredible Hulk failed to do well at the box office, Marvel decided to go a different way when they cast the part of the Hulk in The Avengers. Apparently this worked out for both the studio and Norton, who inferred that even if he were asked to play the part, he wouldn't really have wanted to do it anyway. This led the way to the casting of Ruffalo as the Hulk. In an interview, Ruffalo said, “But the way I see it is that Ed bequeathed this part to me. I look at it as my generation’s Hamlet”.
6 At One Time J.A.R.V.I.S Was A Real Butler
Although many comic book super fans will already know that J.A.R.V.I.S wasn't always Tony Stark’s incredibly helpful robot-butler, it may come as a surprise to some people that J.A.R.V.I.S was actually a human at one point. The J.A.R.V.I.S that we have come to know and love in the Iron Man films and The Avengers, was originally known as Edwin Jarvis, the loyal butler of Tony Stark. In the comics, Edwin Jarvis fought in WWII and was even a champion boxer. After his boxing days, Jarvis decided to move to the U.S and became a servant to the Starks. Edwin’s role was re-imagined for the Iron Man films as J.A.R.V.I.S.
5 Hawkeye's Origins
There are a few superheroes in The Avengers that we don’t get to know a lot about; one of them is Hawkeye. Unlike other Avengers like Iron Man and Captain America, viewers weren’t filled in as to how Hawkeye became a kick ass superhero. Like many superheroes, Hawkeye has a tragic back-story. At a young age, he lost both his parents and spent six years in an orphanage before a Swordsman made him his assistant and took him in. However, the swordsman’s seedy activities got young Hawkeye involved in a world that he didn't belong in. After he was abandoned once again, Hawkeye decided he wanted to be a superhero after seeing Iron Man fighting crime. Soon after, Hawkeye was involved in some criminal activity before he decided to go on the straight and narrow for good.
4 Nick Fury's Military History
Although Nick Fury is a popular superhero (or anti-Hero), Fury is another character who viewers of The Avengers know little about. Nick Fury’s background is in the military. Before Nick enlisted in the war, he was an amateur boxer. In 1937, Nick enlisted and fought with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil war. Nick continued to fight for his country when he helped with a secret mission in the Netherlands, and fought in WWII. Near the end of WWII, fury joined the CIA and continued to have big adventures and near death experiences. He eventually became the second commander of S.H.I.E.L.D.
3 The "Avengers Assemble" Battlecry
For comic book fans the phrase “Avengers Assemble,” means a lot. Although the phrase was never actually used in The Avengers, the phrase is used numerous times in the comic books. In fact, the Avengers team is quite famous for their battle cry, “Avengers Assemble”. Even though the phrase wasn't used at all in the film, that doesn't mean that the phrase was not spoken on set. According to sources, in a behind the scenes interview with Chris Evans (who plays Captain America), Evans revealed that whenever he wanted to hang out with the rest of the cast off the set, he would say the magic words, “Avengers Assemble.”
2 Black Widow's Many Love Affairs
Although we get a hint into the steamy relationship between Hawkeye and Black Widow in The Avengers, that’s pretty much the only back-story we get into Black Widow’ past. Black Widow, A.K.A Natasha Romanova, had a bit of a relationship with Hawkeye in that Natasha would use Hawkeye to help her because she knew that he was attracted to her. After Hawkeye and Natasha’s relationship ended, Natasha strikes up a love connection with Daredevil. In addition to her relationship with Daredevil, Natasha develops an attraction to Spider-Man. Let’s hope for a Black Widow movie in the future so we can learn all about Natasha’s past.
1 Was The First Marvel Movie To Make Over $1 Billion
We all know that The Avengers was wildly popular, but when you translate its popularity into dollar signs, everything is put into perspective. The film was actually the first Marvel movie to make it past the $ 1 billion mark in ticket sales. But The Avengers didn’t just pass the $1 billion mark; it destroyed it. The film ended up making $1.518 billion. When you consider the fact that the budget was $220 million, that makes a pretty hefty profit. Obviously the film broke a ton of box office records. It became the highest grossing Disney film of all time, the third highest grossing film of all time, and the highest grossing film of 2012.