Kevin Feige, who eventually became the President of Marvel Studios and mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was hired on to the first X-Men film as an assistant, but was given an associate producer credit when another producer discovered he was “a walking encyclopedia of Marvel.”
In the Marvel comics series “Spider-Man: Reign”, set 30 years in the future, it is revealed that Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s wife, has died from cancer brought on by Peter’s radioactive semen.
Mark Ruffalo actually discussed playing Bruce Banner with the director of the 2008 film ‘The Incredible Hulk’, but Marvel did not believe he would be right for the role.
In the storyline Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, the X-Men sends Deadpool to a mental hospital for therapy. The doctor treating him is actually Psycho-Man in disguise, who attempts to torture and brainwash Deadpool into becoming his personal minion. The procedure fails, but leaves Deadpool even more mentally unhinged; as a result, he kills Psycho-Man and begins assassinating every superhero and supervillain in Marvel Universe (everyone listed above) one by one in an attempt (apparently) to rebel against his comic book creators. The book ends with him breaking into the ‘real’ world and confronting the Marvel writers and artists who are currently writing the book. Before he proceeds to enter he turns to the reader, promising that once he’s done with this universe, “I’ll find you soon enough.”
There are two Infinity Gauntlets in the Marvel Universe. The first is right-handed and can be seen in Odin’s treasure room. The second left-handed gauntlet can be seen at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron when Thanos removes it from his vault.
Marvel once published a single-issue comic titled ‘Combo Man’, about a boy who was able to transform into a superhero amalgamation of Magneto, Hulk, Wolverine, Daredevil, Iron Man, the Punisher, Carnage, Spider-Man, the Human Torch, Captain America, and Cyclops after being bombarded by energy and eating a Combo.
At the end of the Deadpool movie, the title character fights Ajax on top of a partially disassembled Heli-carrier visually similar to the ones used by S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is a direct nod to the MCU, though FOX Studios requested that flying aircraft look different enough to prevent a lawsuit from Disney.
Jon Favreau was originally hired by Marvel to direct a Captain America comedy film. When that fell through, Marvel kept him on to direct Iron Man.
Marvel created a superhero named Throg. He is a frog that has the power of Thor and is in a group called the Pet Avengers.
In Marvel comics, Deadpool is multilingual, with the ability to speak fluently in German, Spanish, ASL(Sign Language) and Japanese, in addition to his native English. He is Omnisexual. “Deadpool is whatever sexual inclination his brain tells him he is in THAT moment. And then the moment passes.”
In the Marvel Universe, the cleanup from major battles is handled by Damage Control, a joint venture of Tony Stark and the Kingpin. They even had their own series in the late 80’s.
Stan Lee who worked for Marvel as a writer for hire sued Marvel because he was hurt by Marvel Comics' decision to keep profits from him over his 60 years with the company.
Michael Jackson tried to buy Marvel Comics in the early 1990' so that he could play Spider-Man in his own produced movie.
While Agent Coulson started out as a minor character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his immense popularity amongst fans caused writers to add him into the mainstream Marvel Comics continuity in 2012. He now serves as a member of ‘The Secret Avengers’.
In one of the Marvel’s “What if?” series, Hulk and She-Hulk get married “and their lives became much like those on ‘I Love Lucy’.”
In a 1978 issue of ‘Marvel Team-Up’, Spider-Man teamed up with the third season cast of ‘Saturday Night Live’, which included Bill Murray and John Belushi, to fight off the Silver Samurai.
Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson was not intended to reappear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe past the first Iron Man film. It wasn’t until a contract dispute with Samuel L. Jackson caused Nick Fury’s role in Thor to be dropped, and Clark Gregg was asked to reappear in a larger role.
Due to a strange law in America where importing toys resembling humans are taxed higher than those that do not; Marvel successfully argued in court that because their X-men action figures are mutants, they should be exempt from the tax.
In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, Black Widow shot and killed Tony Stark’s butler, Jarvis, after he walked in on the two of them having sex, revealing her true sinister persona.
According to a former Disney chairman, the notoriously controversial C.E.O. of Marvel Entertainment, Ike Perlmutter, thought nobody would care that Terrence Howard’s character was replaced by Don Cheadle in the Iron Man franchise, “because black people ‘look the same.’” As of 2015, Perlmutter no longer oversees the development of Marvel Studios.
In the Marvel Universe, Santa Claus is actually the world’s most powerful mutant ever registered.
During the “Old Man Logan” Marvel series by Mark Millar, the Hulk reproduced with She-Hulk because Bruce Banner knew she was biologically compatible to carry his offspring, despite her being his cousin.
Clark Kent is also a character in the Marvel universe, where he is actually just a mild-mannered reporter and nothing more.
In a 1996 DC/Marvel Comics crossover, Quicksilver challenged the Flash (WallyWest) to a race and lost.
In a controversial story, T’Challa was able to put the Silver Surfer (one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe) into a chokehold. The Surfer actually had a difficult time getting out of it.
Mr. Immortal is a superhero who exists in the Marvel universe with no special powers except immortality. He has been killed in ways including crushing, burning, self-impalement on giant novelty scissors, bear trap, cannon, chainsaw, piranhas, ferrets, spear, and python.
In 2001, Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee wrote 15 DC comics, re-imagining popular superheroes like Batman and Superman.
Due to the production schedule of Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man had to be written into the film many months before he was available for Marvel Studios to legally use. Had Sony denied access to the character, co-director Anthony Russo admitted that they “never had a Plan B.”
Marvel has had multiple characters called Captain Marvel because if they don’t keep publishing a book with that title, DC will claim the trademark for its character for the same name.
There is an issue called The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe, where he kills every single Marvel superhero and villain, including himself.
In a limited series crossover published by both DC and Marvel comics, Batman and Wolverine were merged into one character called Dark Claw.
The Thing of ‘The Fantastic Four’ was once killed after being possessed by Dr. Doom. Grief-stricken, Mr. Fantastic decided to revive him by stealing the Thing’s soul from Heaven. While there, the Four were invited to meet God, who was designed to look like Marvel artist, Jack Kirby.
In 1983 Marvel Comics actually published a number of comics about a 'Spider-Pig' though his name was Peter Porker, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Ham.
In the 1997 DC/Marvel special Batman/Captain America, the Red Skull hires the Joker to steal an atomic bomb during World War II. Joker evades Batman, Cap, Bucky, and Robin and delivers it to the Skull, but is horrified when he learns that the Skull is a Nazi (saying "I may be a criminal lunatic but I'm an American criminal lunatic!"). When the Skull threatens to drop the bomb on Washington D.C., the Joker actually fights him in the plane's cargo bay. When Captain America and Batman take over the plane and bring it over the ocean, the two villains are dropped out with the bomb just before it explodes. Both Captain America and Batman are convinced the two are still alive somehow.
Venom, the Spider-Man villain was a fan-based concept that Marvel bought for $220.
As a gift, Marvel Studios gave Iron Man actor Robert Downey, Jr. the 30-foot-tall “A” seen hanging on the side of Stark Tower in the final shot of The Avengers.
The Pentagon halted its cooperation with Marvel Studios on ‘The Avengers’ because they did not appreciate that they would have to answer to the secret organization like S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the Marvel comic book universe, Tony Stark owns Area 51.
Many of the costumes and uniforms were worn by characters in the Marvel Comic universe are created with “unstable molecules,” a technology developed by Reed Richards that allows the fabric to withstand the deleterious effects of the wearer’s powers and the wear-and-tear of battle.
Marvel and DC comics created Amalgam Comics, which joined the two universes together, resulting in characters such as Darkclaw (Batman/Wolverine), Super Soldier (Superman/Captain America), and Iron Lantern (Green Lantern/Iron Man).
There is a Marvel superhero called Squirrel Girl, who once beat Doctor Doom by flooding his aircraft with a swarm of squirrels.
In Marvel’s Earth-616 continuity alone, Jean Grey, a founding member of the X-Men, has died fourteen times.
To avoid the appearance of nepotism as the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, Nicolas Kim Coppola changed his name early in his career to Nicolas Cage, inspired in part by the Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage.
As he was unfamiliar with the source material before he was cast in Marvel’s Daredevil, Charlie Cox only found out the character was blind the day before his audition.
Many of Marvel’s notable superheroes and villains are of Irish descent including, Captain America, Beast, Iceman, An incarnation of Ant-Man, Daredevil, Bullseye and Dum Dum Dugan.
The Flash had an unofficial run in the Marvel universe when a blonde speedster in a red suit appears from another dimension. He can't remember his real name, only that sounds like "Buried Alien".
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the events in ‘Thor’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and ‘Iron Man 2’, all take place within seven days, collectively referred to as “Fury’s Big Week”.
When San Francisco buses began running anti-Islamic ads, an unknown individual defaced them with giant pictures of Marvel’s Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, shouting positive messages about stopping racism.
When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were creating villains for the Marvel Comic Books they turned to the Bible. Out of that inspiration came Galactus (God) and Silver Surfer (Satan).
Marvel’s Wakandan super hero, The Black Panther, was originally named The Coal Tiger by Stan Lee.