You may expect big-budget superhero movies that can make over a billion dollars at the box office to be scripted within an inch of their lives. However, filmmakers behind some of Marvel’s biggest movies are actually a little more open to improvisation than you’d think. Here’s a look at 40 times that a completely off-the-cuff quip, remark or gesture made it past the editing suite.
40. Thunderbolt Ross’ post-credit sequence
Like many scenes involving Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk’s end credits sequence was entirely improvised. Indeed, William Hurt, who plays Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, once revealed that his character’s chat with Tony Stark wasn’t actually scripted. The only guidance they were likely to have been given was to reference the “new team” the pair were putting together – aka the Avengers.
39. Hawkeye’s quip
Hawkeye and Quicksilver are constantly warring with each other, albeit in a brotherly kind of manner. So it’s easy to see why the former would joke about shooting the latter with his bow and arrow in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But you may not know that the line, “Nobody would know… last I saw him, Ultron was sitting on him,” came on the fly from actor Jeremy Renner.