Now that we’ve all seen the at least once, and scheduling our next screening, it would be good to know a few more facts about our beloved heroes. Below is a list of a few things you may or may not have known about the history:
1. The first comic was published in September 1963 and the original lineup consisted of, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp. Captain America only joined the team in Issue #4, after being revived from being trapped in a block of ice.
Who are Ant-man and Wasp you may ask?
Created by Stan Lee, Ant-Man was originally the superhero persona of Henry Pym, a brilliant scientist who invented a substance that allowed him to change his size. Armed with a helmet that could control ants, Pym would shrink down to the size of an insect to become the mystery-solving Ant-Man. He soon shared his discovery with his girlfriend, Janet Van Dyne, who became his crime-fighting partner as the Wasp. The duo became founding members of the.
2. Like the movie, in the very first issue of the comic book The, almost 50 years ago, it was Loki, the god of mischief, who caused the trouble that brought all the together for the first time.
3. The original acronym for S.H.I.E.L.D. was Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcemet Division. Thankfully, this awkward acronym was changed in the movies to Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Nicolas Cage is named after Supehero Luke Cage/Powerman from the New. The self-confessed comic geek was born Nicolas Coppola but changed his name to his favourite comic book character when he started in Hollywood.
4. Clint Barton, also known as Hawkeye, started off as a villain in the comic books. Barton ran away from home and joined the circus, where he honed his archery skills. After an encounter with, Hawkeye decided to become a superhero.
5. The original Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johannson on-screen, has had a number of relationships with well-known comic book superheroes, including, Daredevil, Hercules and, not surprisingly, Hawkeye.
6. Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Nick Fury has a long history in the military, even fighting side by side with Wolverine during World War II.
Michael Jackson once came close to owning. According to Stan Lee’s former business partner, Peter Paul, Jackson agreed to buy on Lee’s behalf. Stan Lee tells the story differently, saying Michael was only interested in purchasing the rights to Spider-man, with the interest in perhaps starring in it himself.
7. Ever wondered why the is green and not red, the colour of anger? According to a few sources, colourist Stan Goldberg couldn’t get the shades of grey right, and the hulk appeared green instead. When Stan saw the “green” Hulk, he decided that he actually liked it.
8. Many US presidents have appeared in comic books over the years. Obama appeared on the cover of Amazing Spiderman, George W. Bush appeared with in The Ultimates and Jimmy Carter requested the aid of the in Uncanny X-men. President Franklin Roosevelt also appeared in early, handing him the famous shield he uses today. In the controversial no. 175, however, President Richard Nixon, the villain of the comic, is seen killing himself in front of.
9. Iron Man creator, Stan Lee, has openly admitted that the character was based on real life Howard Hughes, the billionaire industrialist and wacko recluse.
Disney bought Entertainment for $4 billion in 2009. Fans across the internet expressed concern that Spider-man would soon be fighting crime wearing Mickey Mouse ears.
10. Iron Man’s computer program J.A.R.V.I.S. was actually his butler, Edwin Jarvis, in the comic books. To avoid similarities to ’s Alfred, Jarvis was re-invented as an A.I. programme. In No. 127 Jarvis, the butler, resigned after verbal abuse from Tony Stark.
11. In the movies’s hammer can’t be lifted by anyone but himself. In the comics, however, many other heroes have held the power of Mjolnir, including, Superman and even Loki.
12. Bruce Banner was renamed David Banner in the 80’s TV series. The show’s executive producer, Kenneth Johnson, tried separating the show from the comic books, hence the bizarre name change. The’s alter ego has gone through a few name changes over the years, including Bob Banner and Robert Bruce Banner.
13. The popular X-men character Wolverine was originally created as a punching bag for the. He was introduced in issue 180 of the Incredible as a pint-sized Canadian superhero charged with bringing down the.
14. She was Lee’s last major creation for. The female version of’s grumpy green giant first appeared in Savage She No 1 in February 1980. By that time Lee had retired as’s Editor-In-Chief.
Paul Simon wrote the lyrics and theme song to the Sixties Spider-man cartoon as a favour to head of the ABC network. Because he didn’t want to be associated with kiddie material, he asked that the music be credited to his old stage name, Jerry Landis.
15. Stan Lee came up with the idea of a superhero version of the Norse god while wrestling with problem of how to create a character that was stronger than the. He decided that the only solution was to make his new hero a god so he went delving into Norse mythology to find a suitable candidate.
And who were they before they were?