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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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Stan Lee did not write the very first Iron Man comic book, “Tales of Suspense #39.” It was actually his younger brother, Larry Lieber.”
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Wolverine’s now iconic facial appearance and hairstyle was modeled after actor Paul D'Amato in the 1977 movie Slapshot.
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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
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.”
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. Though Netflix’s The Defenders series features Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, the comic-book version of the team was founded by the Hulk, Dr. Strange, and Namor the Sub-Mariner.
Nearly 20 years before he was cast as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Marvel’s The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo auditioned to play Doctor Doom in the Roger Corman-directed 1994 film The Fantastic Four.
22. Very little details were revealed about Wolverine in his first Marvel comic book appearance, as his story was still being developed. At the time of his debut, Wolverine was being written as a teenager with special gloves that had claws attached to them, though these traits were dropped by his next appearance.
23. Arnim Zola, the Nazi biochemist who stored his consciousness in a supercomputer, nearly appeared in Ant-Man. According to concept art, the character would’ve been portrayed as a humanoid robot that would project an image of Arnim Zola from its midsection, similar to his appearance in the comics.
24. According to TIME Magazine, T’Challa’s (the Black Panther) net worth is $90.7 trillion. As King of Wakanda, he owns all of the country’s exclusive reserves of Vibranium, a material that’s worth $10,000 per gram.
25. The Bluth family stair car from Arrested Development can be seen in the background of the airport fight scene in Captain America: Civil War. The directors of the film also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed comedy series.