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6 Things You May Not Know About the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with fantastic little Easter eggs and references throughout, so it can be difficult to spot them all. But these six things are not just your in-movie blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments, as even though the MCU is now a titan of cinema – the titan, really – it has taken a lot of work for the crew to get every aspect of the franchise just right. So, let’s dig in.

Only James Gunn and Vin Diesel know what Groot says

As detailed in the Tweet above, it turns out that Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn does write an English script for Groot, who is famously known for his line, “I am Groot.” To allow the voice actor, Vin Diesel, to add some degree of acting to his lines, Gunn gives them to him in English. This is why they could reveal that Groot’s heartbreaking last word to Rocket in Infinity War was “Dad.”

The original Hulk was the Hulk for a while
The character of the Hulk was made famous in the mainstream by one Lou Ferrigno in the '70s television series Incredible Hulk. The hulking bodybuilder-turned-actor painted green to portray the Marvel character was surprisingly popular. So, the MCU invited the iconic star to voice the Hulk until Thor: Ragnarok, when Mark Ruffalo took over to usher in the transition to a more Banner-like Hulk.

There was going to be a video game for The Avengers in 2012

Marvel struggled with early video game tie-ins to their cinematic universe, with the likes of Iron Man, Thor: God of Thunder, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America: Super Soldier being quite poorly received. But the one that looked the most promising, drawing from the Secret Invasion storyline with the help of the Marvel comics writer, Brian Michael, was The Avengers from THQ. The first-person game would have seen players take on the roles of the superheroes and battle the Skrull – who later appear in Captain Marvel.

An immensely popular Marvel game suite was killed by Disney
Rising to prominence alongside the rise of the MCU from 2009 onwards, one of the biggest and most popular forms of Marvel gaming was the progressive jackpot slots suite. The Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and many others had their own games, so the suite became immensely popular online. However, once Disney acquired the rights to Marvel, they stripped game developers of their license. But the games did leave a lasting legacy. CasinoWings review all the new casinos, and what they note is that progressive jackpot games are now a staple of top platforms – a form of gaming kicked into the mainstream by the Marvel series. Meanwhile, the popular online slots were adjusted to remove all MCU nomenclatures and references and re-introduced under a new name.

There is one actor who plays their superhero and villain

Doctor Strange is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will undoubtedly have a huge role in the phases to come. In what almost proves the might of the character (and certainly that of the actor), Benedict Cumberbatch plays both Doctor Strange and the big baddie of the origin movie, Dormammu.

Kevin Feige didn’t have full control until 2015
Kevin Feige is the genius behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His incredible knowledge of Marvel comic book lore brought the MCU together to become the almighty entity that it is today. However, through much of the Infinity Saga, Feige's genius was stifled by stingy CEO Ike Perlmutter and the Marvel Creative Committee. Once Feige worked out a way to be rid of the committee and leapfrog Perlmutter to Disney studio chief Alan Horn, the MCU became a lot bigger and brighter, from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 onwards.

There you have it. You've just added six impressive facts to your MCU trivia arsenal!

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