Inside Marvel’s Multiverse: 40 Intriguing Facts You Didn’t Know – Part 2

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1Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

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?”

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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11129th issue Incredible Hercules

129th issue Incredible Hercules

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.

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

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

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

17. 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.

18. When Spider-Man was framed for murder by his nemesis Norman Osborn, he had to operate as four separate superheroes to avoid capture by the police. Two were villains he used to infiltrate the villain network and clear his name. The other two were crimefighters he used to continue protecting the city.

19. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were both second-generation Jewish immigrants and created the character Captain America to take a stand against the Nazi regime before America entered the war, receiving harsh criticism and death threats for their stance. In addition, the two served in the military and fought real Nazis when the US did join the war.

20. Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds revealed that the taxi driver character Dopinder in Deadpool was named so in the memory of his elementary school friend who was killed by lightning.

21Amazing Spiderman 2

Amazing Spiderman 2

A deleted scene from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 revealed that although Norman Osborn had died, his head was cryogenically frozen beneath Oscorp. According to actor Chris Cooper, the character would’ve most likely been revived to serve as a larger antagonist later on in the film series.

22. According to Stan Lee, the Iron Man comic series developed Marvel’s first and largest following among female readers, stating, “of all the comic books we published at Marvel, we got more fan mail for Iron Man from women, from females than any other title… Whenever we did, the letter was usually addressed to Iron Man.”

23. Instead of writing a script, Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee would often sit and brainstorm story ideas with the comic book’s artist. That artist would then draw panels for the plot synopsis that they developed and Lee would go back and write dialogue over the sketches.

24. Charlie Cox revealed that before production started on Netflix’s Daredevil, he had dyed his hair red in order to appear more like his comic book counterpart. However, he admitted “It looked really weird,” and returned his hair to its natural color for the show.

25. In order to separate the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man from previous incarnations, the character almost debuted in Captain America: Civil War while wearing the Iron Spider outfit. Marvel eventually scrapped this idea, but still allowed Tony Stark to make tech upgrades to the classic comic book suit.

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