Last weekend, “The Avengers” hit theatres and easily took over the #1 box office spot by a landslide, grossing over $207,000,000 buckaroonies in one weekend. Just in case you have been living under a rock and need to brush up on some of The Avengers basic factoids, here are a few random facts about this fabulous, action packed film, just so you won’t embarrass yourself.
- The Avengers is based on the Marvel comic, which was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
- The first Avengers comic was published way back in 1963. The original superhero line up featured in the comic included: Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant Man and Wasp. Captain America came along to join the team in issue #4, after being revived from being trapped inside a large block of ice.
- In the very first issue of the original The Avengers, it was Loki, the brother of Thor, who was being extremely problematic. The Avengers then assembled themselves in order to deal with Loki and try to successfully defeat him.
- The Avengers movie sticks to the original themes and most of the cast members found in the first issues of the Marvel comic book. Spider-man (rights owned by Sony) and Wolverine (rights owned by 20th Century Fox) were left out of the film. Spider-man will be getting his own movie, however, later this summer. “The Amazing Spider-Man” is due to be released over the Fourth of July Weekend.
- In order to play the part of the Hulk, Mark Ruffalo needed to lose 21 pounds (no wonder the Avengers costumes are so amazing). In the Avengers, the Hulk stays in his fierce, huge (and green) state all the time. This means all 8 ½ feet of him, no matter how pissed off he is.
- Scarlett Johansson had to train heavily in the art of Wushu and other serious weaponry in order to prepare for her reprised role of the Black Widow. Scarlett was thrilled to play the much fan-appreciated role, which had originated for her back in Iron Man II.
- The infamous battle cry of The Avengers comic book is “Avengers, Assemble!” Apparently during filming, Chris Evans (Captain America) would text his fellow cast mates with this battle cry included in the message in order to assemble them for a hot night and much needed break out on the town.
- It’s predicted that The Avengers, in all its beloved caped glory, will eventually surpass the one billion dollar mark in ticket sales. Don’t be left out in the cold. With all the hoopla this movie is creating, this is one superhero flick you won’t want to miss.