Marvel Studios now has twelve films, three on-going television shows, and five one-shots to credit their name to. But the buck doesn't stop there, there are still 10 known films due to come out between now and the year 2019 as well as four more additional shows on Netflix due to come out in the coming years.
Long story short, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is MASSIVE and there is a ton of stuff hidden in every movie and show. Do you know all the little details though, whether it's an easter egg or a reference or a special detail? Take this multiple choice questionnaire to see how adept your MCU knowledge really is!
1. Jon Favreau originally intended for this Iron Man villain to be the big-baddie of the entire trilogy.
For the "Iron Man" trilogy, Jon Favreau thought of making the Iron Monger the main villain of the second film. Stane was going to be Stark's friend and confidante in the first film, but then would become his enemy in the second installment. However, Favreau was worried how to handle The Mandarin, whom was to be the villain of the first film, so he decided to re-work the character into a behind-the-scenes presence and make Iron Monger the first villain.
2. Tony coming out to the public in 2008's Iron Man was an homage to which comic book storyline?
The final scene, in which Tony reveals to the press that he is Iron Man is a reference to the Avengers Disassembled mini-series. In the mini-series (part 1), which was written by Brian Bendis, Stark, under the influence of Scarlet Witch, revealed himself to be the Secretary of Defense to the entire delegates of the UN, with the exact line spoken in the film.
3. Samuel Sterns, who was played by actor Tim Blake Nelson in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, becomes which Hulk villain in the comics?
When Samuel Sterns, an ordinary laborer, was moving a load of waste material in the sub-cellar of a chemical research plant, a one-in-a-million freak accident occurred as an experimental gamma ray cylinder exploded.The trapped laborer was helplessly caught in the blast. For about a minute his entire body was bombarded by the mysterious gamma rays, one of the strongest forces known to man. Although a fraction of the dosage he received would have been enough to kill a dozen men, for some inexplicable reason the laborer survived. He seem completely unharmed.
Yet, he was different. After leaving the observation ward, he read every book he could find. He studied like a man possessed and remembered everything he read. His mind absorbed knowledge like a sponge. A few days later, the long-term effects of the gamma rays finally took place and he went unconscious. When he awoke, he did not suspect what happened to him, but when he looked into the mirror, he knew that he had become something more than human. The once unskilled laborer had been transformed by the gamma rays into one of the greatest brains that ever lived. "My former name is meaningless now! I choose to be known simply as... The Leader!"
4. Hulk's origin in The Incredible Hulk is a mixture of the TV-series origin and what comic book origin?
The Hulk's origin in this film is a combination of the Marvel Ultimates comics (experimenting on Captain America's super-soldier serum) and The Incredible Hulk (1978) (over-exposure to gamma radiation in an experiment). Even the equipment seen is a close match to that used in the TV series, right down to the light sliding over Banner's face.
5. True or False: In the original ending, Vanko is revealed to have survived the explosion and attacks Tony and Pepper before being killed by Rhodey.
This [incomplete] footage can be found in the movie's special features.
6. Iron Man 2's antagonist is a mixture of what two comic book villains?
The character of Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) is a combination of Iron Man's enemy the Crimson Dynamo (Dr Vanko, who wears weaponry/armour that can control electricity) and the supervillain Whiplash (who possesses a specially-designed razor/acid whip). In addition, the character is portrayed as the son of Anton Vanko, who was the original Crimson Dynamo in the comics, and assumes the identity of B. Turgenev (Boris Turgenev, in the comics the second Crimson Dynamo).
7. How did Odin lose his eye in Norse mythology?
When Odin visited Mimir, he asked for a drink from the water. The well’s guardian, knowing the value of such a draught, refused unless the seeker offered an eye in return. Odin – whether straightaway or after anguished deliberation, we can only wonder – gouged out one of his eyes and dropped it into the well. Having made the necessary sacrifice, Mimir dipped his horn into the well and offered the now-one-eyed god a drink.
Source: Norse Mythology
8. Laufey wasn't Loki's father in Norse mythology. Who was he?
In Norse mythology, Loki's father is the giant Fárbauti (“Cruel Striker”), and his mother, Laufey (possibly “Tree”), could be a goddess, a giantess, or something else entirely – the surviving sources are silent on this point.
NOTE: The people of Iceland find the Marvel Studio's depiction of the mythical character amusing since the name Laufey is still considered a female name.
Source: Norse Mythology
9. Which MCU director was originally considered to direct 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger?
Jon Favreau was originally chosen by Marvel Studios to direct this film (which he intended to make as a buddy comedy), but he chose to direct Iron Man (2008). Nick Cassavetes, was also considered to direct this film, and had been set as a director for Iron Man (2008) in December 2004 before it had ultimately went to Favreau.
10. Which actor from the Office was considered for the lead role in Captain America: The First Avenger?
Sam Worthington and Will Smith were in early talks for the role of Captain America. Later on Garrett Hedlund, Channing Tatum, Scott Porter, Mike Vogel, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Wilson Bethel, John Krasinski, Michael Cassidy, Chace Crawford and Jensen Ackles were on the final shortlist for the role. Kellan Lutz, Ryan Phillippe and Alexander Skarsgård carried out auditions, but ultimately the role went to Evans.
11. Which body builder was Hulk's CGI body modeled after?
The CGI Hulk's body was modeled after Long Island bodybuilder Steve Romm, while the Hulk's face was modeled after Mark Ruffalo.
Romm is also popular for his career as a male-stripper (I'm now second guessing my daughter watching any further Avengers movies).
12. What franchise film did producer, Kevin Feige, compare The Avengers to?
Producer Kevin Feige compares the film to 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon : "It set a standard for that level of ZOMG-awesomeness and scale. We're working to try to outdo that."
13. What dragon does Aldrich Killian wear as a tattoo in 2013's Iron Man 3?
The dragon tattoos on Aldrich Killian's (Guy Pearce) chest are of another Iron Man villain: Fin Fang Foom.
14. True or False: The core theme of Iron Man 3 includes a love triangle.
Kevin Feige described the film's core theme as a love story: "The love triangle in this movie is between Tony, Pepper and his obsession with those suits, and the obsession with technology. Yes, there's a bad guy. Yes, the stakes are very very high. But the real stakes are, is Tony going to be able to set aside spending every day in that workshop tinkering with the suits in order to focus on Pepper, the one thing that matters most?"
15. What character was set to make an appearance in 2013's Thor: The Dark World, but didn't make the final cut?
Valkyrie of The Defenders was set to appear at one point, and concept art of her costume was even drawn up.
16. CHEATER ALERT: Natalie Portman was unable to shoot the post-credits kiss. Who was her stand-in for the scene?
According to Natalie Portman, she was not available to film the post-credit scene where Thor and Jane Foster finally kiss; instead it was shot with Chris Hemsworth's actual wife Elsa Pataky.
17. What Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. member was almost depicted as a undercover agent of Hydra in 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier?
Before his death in The Avengers (2012) and subsequent resurrection in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), Marvel considered revealing Phil Coulson as a HYDRA agent. He would have played the role that Sitwell does in the finished film.
18. True or False: Agent 13 aka "Kate" is actually Sharon Carter, grandaughter of Agent Peggy Carter from the 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.
Although Emily VanCamp really does play Sharon Carter (a detail non-fans would have easily missed or not cared about), she is not Peggy's grandaughter but instead, she is her niece. Many fans would have put it together when she was called Agent 13 and others when she is called Sharon, but this is Sharon Carter, Peggy's younger sister in the comics (they later changed it to her niece when they made continuity changes but the relationship in the movie is not established) and major love interest for Captain America. What, if anything, this will mean for future movies remains to be seen. The cover name Kate is from S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Kate Neville.
19. Which Avenger almost had a cameo in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy
Iron Man was planned to have a cameo role in this film (in homage to his being the Guardians' latest member in the comics around 2013), but this was scrapped when Robert Downey Jr. said he may not reprise his role as Tony Stark in the future. Downey has since signed a contract to reprise the role for two 'Avengers' sequels.
20. Rocket's list of "Known Associates" includes the name "Lylla". Who is this character?
When arrested, Rocket's attributes list his known associates: Groot and Lylla. Lady Lylla is a Sentinent Otter and soulmate to Rocket in the Marvel Universe.
21. Who was the inventor of Ultron in the comics?
In the comics, Ultron was built by Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man, as a peacekeeping force. However, the character was left out of the movie because he would be a major character in the next movie by Marvel Studios: Ant-Man. Despite being a founding member of the Avengers and the central character of the Age of Ultron storyline, this is the second Avengers movie to leave out Hank Pym.
22. In the comics, who is the father of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch?
Max, under the guise of "Magnus", worked as a carpenter to support the family and for a time they lived happily. One night Magnus was attacked and instinctively lashed out with his mutant powers of magnetism (which had never surfaced before due to a bout of scarlet fever as a child), killing the attackers. Later that evening, he returned home to find his house on fire, with Anya trapped inside. Magnus rushed inside to rescue her but he was too late. Enraged at the death of his beloved daughter, he used his new powers to kill the surrounding mob that started the fire. Magda, terrified of her husband's strange abilities, fled to the forest and never saw her husband again.
Magda made her way to Wundagore Mountain, where she gave birth to twins Pietro and Wanda (who would grew up to be Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, respectively). Magda later disappeared, presumed deceased. During the next few years Magnus had an identity forger named Greg Odekirk create him a new identity, reinventing himself as a gypsy named "Erik Magnus Lehnsherr". It was while using this identity that he went to Israel to help at a psychiatric hospital. There, he met Professor Charles Xavier. The two became fast friends, playing chess and having intellectual debates about mutation and the future of mankind.
23. In what year did Edgar Wright (the director originally signed on do direct Ant-Man) propose his idea to Marvel?
Director Edgar Wright, a big fan of Ant-Man, proposed the film to Marvel in 2003, describing it as "an action-adventure comedy; a cross-genre action and special effects bonanza." He had been developing the movie since then, shooting a test reel, hiring the cast, and was close to begin shooting the movie. However, in 2014, he dropped out due to 'creative differences' between him and Disney, which had bought out Marvel Studios 5 years prior.
24. Janet van Dyne aka The Wasp, made a small appearance in Ant-Man but her face wasn't revealed. Which actresses' face was under the mask?
When asked about the role, the actress said: "It was not a non-speaking role when I was cast. So actually, interestingly enough, when I auditioned for this, I had no idea what I was auditioning for - only that it was Marvel. I didn't know what film it was or really anything about the character other than it seemed from the sides that it was the wife of a scientist. The scene they gave me to audition with was deep and meaningful - the best kind of audition for sure - and it mirrored the dialogue I had when we shot my scene, though it wasn't the exact same of course. Man! Marvel and their secrets! I didn't actually find out who I was playing until I was signing my paperwork in my trailer. I was like "Hm, I play Janet...." Then a producer came to talk to me about who I was playing."
Source: Nerd Gazette
How many minutes would it take you to watch every movie, television show, and one-shot in the MCU released so far?
That would be 77 hours or over 3 days!
I hope you enjoyed the quiz, feel free to share your results in the comments section below as well as some other cool MCU trivia you know about!