10 Things You Didn't Know About The Avengers
We're super excited to watch The Avengers, which brings together top Marvel superheroes and heroines in what looks like one amazing movie. From Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans to Robert Downey Jr and Jeremy Renner, it's a rocking all-star cast in the movie directed by Joss Whedon! You can be part of the excitement as the movie hits our shores. Read on to check out our trivia on the movie and your chance to win tickets to the UAE premiere!
*The first Avengers comic was published in September 1963 and the lineup consisted of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp. Captain America joined the team in Issue #4, after being revived from being trapped in a block of ice.
*This film brings together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) when they are called to duty by SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
*The huge, impressive Helicarrier Bridge set was built on a soundstage in Albuquerque. This iconic home base for the peacekeeping organisation SHIELD resembles an aircraft carrier, but it’s no ordinary carrier, it can actually fly.
*In the very first issue of the comic book The Avengers, almost 50 years ago, it was Loki, Thor’s brother, who was causing the trouble that brought all the Avengers together for the first time to defeat him.
*Chris Hemsworth (Thor) felt that being on location was like summer camp, where no one really knows each other but everyone hangs out together and has a great time. However, Hemsworth did know Tom Hiddleston (Loki) from Thor and developed a great relationship with him on that film that carried over to Marvel’s The Avengers.
*To play expert archer Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner received training from Olympic archers on how to use a bow properly. He learned the basics of archery as well as the proper positions.
*Scarlett Johansson was more than happy to reprise her role as Black Widow in The Avengers. Also, during her scenes with another highly skilled SHIELD operative, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the audience will be let in on some of their backstory.
*The famous battle cry in the comic book, “Avengers Assemble!” is a call to arms for members of the team to fight “the foes no single superhero can withstand.” During production, Chris Evans (Captain America) borrowed the famous command to gather up his fellow cast members when he sent out text messages to them to come together for a night on the town in Albuquerque after a week of work on the production.
*With so many fight sequences in the film, many of the actors, including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, participated in extensive fight training with the stunt team. Cast members trained with fight choreographer Jonathan Eusebio. Renaming the gym the Stunt Dojo, Eusebio and his team trained the cast in different fighting styles, including medieval fighting techniques, Wushu, Kung Fu and Kali.
*Born and raised in the UK, Tom Hiddleston was not exposed to American sports, but that all changed during production as he was able to watch a Cleveland Browns preseason football game on the sidelines, attend a Cleveland Indians game, throw out the first pitch, and be courtside at the US Open to watch several matches.
We're giving away 10 pairs of tickets to the UAE premiere of The Avengers at VOX Cinemas, Mirdif City Centre on Sunday 29 April at 7:30pm. For your chance to win, click here and answer three simple questions. Good luck!