50 Interesting Facts about Marvel – Part 2

1Alfre Woodard

Despite Netflix’s Luke Cage television series and Captain America: Civil War both being released in 2016, and set in the same cinematic continuity, Alfre Woodard appears in both as two unrelated yet significant characters. In Luke Cage, Woodard appears as primary antagonist Mariah Dillard, while in Captain America: Civil War, she portrays Miriam Sharpe, the woman that convinces Tony Stark that the Avengers do more harm than good.

2. Deadpool makes a series of 4522 educational trading cards called “Deadpool’s Guide to Super Villains,” which includes pictures, backstories, and fourth-wall-breaking trivia that he provides to new superheroes. This is supplemented by "Deadpool’s Guide to Super Villains Super Accessories,” a series of 1622 appendix cards featuring different villain’s methods of transportation.

3. Doctor Strange actor Mads Mikkelsen has admitted to walking out on an audition for the role of Mr. Fantastic in Tim Story’s 2005 Fantastic Four film, leaving after he was asked: “to pretend to extend his arms like a rubber man”.

4. Director James Mangold explained that the reason the character Caliban is different in Logan than the version of the character that debuted in X-Men: Apocalypse is because neither film production knew the other was using the character. However, Mangold refused to change the character after X-Men: Apocalypse premiered, as he still wanted to tell his story the way he wanted instead of curtailing it to fit within the broader X-Men universe.

5. In the comic book “Spider-Man and the X-Men #1,” Spider-Man, who wore a blazer over his full-bodied costume, briefly taught a class on Super Power Ethics at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

6Garrett Morris

Ant-Man’s first live-action appearance was on Saturday Night Live where he was played by Garrett Morris in a sketch entitled “Superhero Party”.

7. On top of playing the title character in Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch also provided the voice and motion capture of the villain Dormammu, a character director Scott Derrickson revealed he would like Cumberbatch to continue playing in future Marvel films.

8. There is a “What if” story in which The Punisher’s family was never killed in the park. In this universe, Frank retires from his service in the military, becomes a New York City cop, and is generally happy with his life, but when he starts reporting on police corruption, the precinct captain has his family killed and he becomes the Punisher anyway.

9. Martellus Bennett, a professional tight end in the NFL, once played through an entire football game with an ankle injury because he had just finished binge-watching Luke Cage on Netflix and thought, “what would Luke Cage do?”

10. It was discovered after James Gunn wrote the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that Marvel didn’t own the character of Ego, the Living Planet. Instead, the rights belonged to FOX Studios, and James Gunn did not have a backup plan. Fortunately, FOX needed the permission from Marvel Studios to change key details about the Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the Deadpool film, which Marvel happily allowed in exchange for Ego’s character rights.

11Skrulls

Among those revealed to be Skrulls in the Marvel Comic event “Secret Invasion” include: Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock, Tiger Woods, Steve Jobs, Stephen Colbert, John McCain, Pope Benedict XVI, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise, Osama Bin Laden, and the Dalai Lama.

12. Ryan Gosling was one of Marvel Studios’ top choices to play the title character in Doctor Strange, going as far as to commission concept art of the character based on the actor’s likeness.

13. The Power Man and Iron Fist comic series was only created because Iron Fist’s solo series has been canceled after 15 issues, and Luke Cage’s solo series was close to being cut as well. Pairing the two heroes together proved immensely popular and the series lasted 11 years until Iron Fist was killed off.

14. As revealed in the Blu-ray commentary for Deadpool, certain executives at 20th Century Fox were interested in casting New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski as Colossus.

15. Half-Chinese actor Lewis Tan was not only on the shortlist of actors considered for the role of Danny Rand In Iron Fist but was actually on hold for the part of until Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones cast. Tan would wind up playing Zhou Cheng in the eighth episode of (Iron Fist) Marvel’s Netflix series.

16X-23

Though X-23 was clearly based on Wolverine, creator Craig Kyle never wanted the character take up the superhero’s name and costume if Logan were to ever die, as she eventually did in 2015’s ongoing “All-New Wolverine” series. Instead, he had hoped she would fill that position while still maintaining her own costume and a name that wouldn’t strip her of her individuality.

17. Luke’s specific, non-lethal fighting style, on the show Luke Cage, was dubbed “Smack-Fu” by the television series stunt coordinator who developed it.

18. Hugh Jackman’s wife initially told the actor to pass up auditioning for the part of Wolverine in X-Men; advice he wound up ignoring.

19. The 129th issue of Incredible Hercules reveals that the afterlife of the Marvel Universe is actually a casino filled with fallen superheroes who gamble for the chance to win the “jackpot” and be resurrected to tend to their unfinished business.

20. Stan Lee did not write the very first Iron Man comic book, “Tales of Suspense #39.” It was actually his younger brother, Larry Lieber.”

21Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

An in-canon television series titled “Agent of SHIELD” was first mentioned in “Daredevil #11,” released in 1965, 48 years before the debut of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC.

22. After Matt Murdock was arrested for being Daredevil, Danny Rand (Iron Fist) took up the mantle of Daredevil and fought crime while rarely using his Iron Fist powers, in order to clear his friend’s name. He even fought alongside Captain America in Civil War while still disguised as Daredevil.

23. A devastating earthquake hit Nepal right before Doctor Strange could begin filming there. Instead of canceling and scouting new locations, director Scott Derrickson and Benedict Cumberbatch agreed that it would be beneficial to still shoot there as their tourism dollars could only help the local economy, as did the hiring of locals as extras and crew members.

24. Wolverine’s now iconic facial appearance and hairstyle was modeled after actor Paul D'Amato in the 1977 movie Slapshot.

25. Peter Quill, or Starlord from the Guardians of the Galaxy, was originally immaculately conceived in the comics. His mother became pregnant when the planets perfectly aligned. This was later retconned, however, his father in the upcoming film sequel has been revealed to be Ego, the living planet, which could be a call back to his original backstory.

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