Here we have it - ten questions that will test your knowledge on all things Super, Batty, Mutated or Marvellous!
Joss Whedon turned down the offer to direct X-Men: The Last Stand because he was working on a Wonder Woman movie.
X-Men: The Last Stand was partly inspired by a plot Joss Whedon had penned at the beginning of his Astonishing X-Men run. He was approached and offered the shot at director, but turned it down because he was busy working on a Wonder Woman movie. That movie was never made, but Whedon took his Avengers success as an indication that it would have worked.
From his first appearance in Action Comics #1, Superman has been able to fly.
Everybody thinks that superheroes don't change over time, but that's not true - in fact, the idea that Superman could fly was absorbed into popular culture due to sound effects in his 1950s radio show. Previously he was just "able to leap tall buildings in a single bound."
Which of these characters has NOT been a member of an official X-Men team in the comics?
The X-Men are particularly notorious for taking their enemies in as allies. Sabretooth lived at the X-Mansion for a few years during the '90s, while Magneto was even Headmaster of Xavier's School for a while! That being said, the Multiple Man was only a member of an X-Men team assembled on Muir Island by the Shadow King, and has never been an official X-Man.
Batman was the highest-grossing film of 1989.
Earning over $400 million in box office totals, Batman was the highest-grossing film of 1989. Jack Nicholson's contract gave him a percentage of the gross on the film, and he took home around $60 million.
Sean Pertwee plays Alfred in the Gotham series; ironically his father Jon Pertwee almost got that role in the late 1980s!
In the late 1980s, Steven Spielberg was interested in producing a Batman movie. He even got round to putting together a cast list!
X-Men (2000) was the first movie to make $100 million in its opening weekend alone.
Although 2000's X-Men was a hit, it wasn't until 2002 that another superhero movie - Spider-Man - would make $100 million in its opening weekend alone. At the time, even adjusted for inflation, no movie had ever achieved this!
X-Men: First Class introduced the character of Havok. In the comics, Havok is the cousin of Cyclops.
Introduced in 1969, in the comics Havok is the younger brother of Cyclops. With Cyclops being such a prominent figure in the X-Men, Havok has spent much of his life living in his brother's shadow. X-Men: First Class, which introduced Havok, completely broke with the history of both characters as it was set in the 1960s - while Cyclops was an adult X-Man in films set in the 2000s!
Which of these superheroes has NOT suffered a 'comic book death'?
Comics have become notorious for killing their characters, a habit started by DC with their 1994 "Death of Superman" arc. Since 2002, only one Marvel summer event hasn't featured a major character death - but the majority of those heroes have come back within a few years. The most recent major death was Wolverine's in 2014, but even as he killed him off, writer Charles Soule commented that he'd be dead "until at least 2016," admitting what everybody knew - it won't last. He's gone through comic book deaths before, though, including an infamous occasion when he was replaced by a Skrull!
Amazing Fantasy #15, which introduced Spider-Man, showed his Uncle Ben telling him that with great power comes great responsibility.
Although everybody knows Uncle Ben said those famous words to Peter Parker, Amazing Fantasy #15 showed it very differently. The key sentence was written in a text-box over the final panel, as a dejected Spider-Man walks away having learned this harsh lesson. The words have been put in Ben's mouth retroactively.
The dialogue in 2008's Iron Man was largely ad-libbed.
The filmmakers were more concerned with the story and the action, so the dialogue for Iron Man was mostly ad-libbed through filming. Robert Downey Jr. enjoyed this, but Gwyneth Paltrow found it challenging, as she struggled to keep up with his quick wit.