What does it take to become an Avenger in the MCU? 15 rules avengers are to follow
It is no doubt that being an Avenger is one of the coolest jobs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for an actor. You get the chance to be a superhero and fight supervillains. You also get to routinely save the world, not to mention the fact that you are loved and adored by the public.
In fact, there's a holiday in New York City each year where the public gives the Avengers a massive parade, just for the heck of it! However, being an Avenger is perhaps the hardest jobs in the world, it comes with some strange rules. We present to you some of the rules these superheroes have to abide by, as members of the Avengers.
1. THEY MUST HIT THE GYM
Staying in shape is, of course, the top priority of any and every Avenger. Chris Pratt, for example, went through an unbelievable transformation when he dropped tons of weight for Guardians of the Galaxy. Scarlett Johansson had to keep a strict diet to replica Black Widow. She said she gets up at 5:00 a.m. to train, eating nothing but salad and chicken, just to act the role.
The MCU Avengers are given a time frame within which they have to lose weight and gain muscles if required. They also receive a diet plan and all the help they need. But deviating from the path is a strict no-no.
2. BOUND TO EMBARK ON MASSIVE GLOBAL PRESS TOURS
The extensive press tours for promoting a movie is perhaps the most demanding rule of all. Once a film is completed, Avengers are contractually obliged to promote it. The cast and crew must travel through the world to do the press tours.
And it is not just about one city. It is not even about one nation. You can be in Japan one day and in Australia the next, answering the same questions hundreds of times over, from every different media outlet in every country. Their schedules can be so erratic. Jet lag or lethargy can't even get in the way.
3. CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED TO APPEAR FOR RE-SHOOTS AT ANY POINT
Reshoots aren't funny for any actor. But for the MCU Avengers, they are a very hard reality. In MCU films, often, several storylines blend and it becomes really tough to seamlessly maintain the chronology. In case something goes wrong, reshoots are the only way out.
But for an actor, filming again is a big deal, as it clashes with their schedule. It may happen that they have added more weight for a certain role and be summoned for a reshoot. It particularly infuriated Idris Elba, who openly spoke of how he was not pleased filming reshoots as Heimdall in 'Thor: The Dark World', only a day after acting Nelson Mandela in 'Long Walk To Freedom'. “It ripped my heart out”, Idris said. And that he told his agent “This is [enduring], man. I don't want to do this.”
4. AVENGERS WILL NEVER, EVER SMOKE ON-SCREEN
In 2001, Joe Quesada (then Marvel Editor-In-Chief) made a policy about smoking in Marvel comic books. No main character was permitted to be seen smoking, apart from in the MAX line, where Nick Fury could still have cigars.
However, the Marvel Studios films never seemed to obey this rule, as Obadiah Stane was seen puffing a stogie in Iron Man. Nevertheless, in 2009, Disney purchased Marvel Entertainment and in 2015, Disney CEO Bob Iger declared that they would be imposing their own in-house “no smoking” rule in the MCU films going forward.
5. “YES” TO ANY CAMEO APPEARANCES IN OTHER MCU FILMS
Probably you might have noticed that many Avengers pop up for a cameo in other Avenger's solo outing. For example, Captain America was featured only for a few seconds in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'. Now, MCU contracts work differently from other franchises. The actors are contractually obliged to agree to cameos (even for a three-second cameo), and they supposedly do not count toward the overall amount of films they signed up for.
6. THEY SIGN THEIR LIKENESS RIGHTS AWAY
Avengers' likenesses appear on everything: toys, cereal boxes, posters, statues, models, the list goes on and on. Avengers have to make themselves available to Marvel's licensors whenever they need them; it could be for a session of computer mapping of their face for use in a video game, or it could be an appearance at a product launch. A competent agent may be able to get the actor a piece of the merchandising pie, but that is not always guaranteed.
7. PHILANTHROPIC WORK IS A MUST
Avengers are expected to maintain a good, moral public image. They are required to do good work and engage in several charities. You may have noticed Chris Evans and Chris Pratt dressed as Captain America and Star-Lord, respectively, to visit a Boston Cancer Charity and a Seattle Children's Hospital.
SUPERHERO SIGHTING: Captain America aka Chris Evans and Chris Pratt visit children at Seattle Children's pic.twitter.com/Anu2G4IbMZ— Discovery Arts (@DiscoveryArts) November 19, 2017
Although many say that these acts are just to keep their superhero image, that's not entirely true. These actors mostly do it for personal reasons and not strictly for benefitting the franchise. Nevertheless, it certainly helps their case.
8. EXTENSIVE FIGHT TRAINING AND CHOREOGRAPHY IS A MUST
Apart from hitting the gym to make sure they look like superheroes on screen, Avengers will also be required to take part in extensive fight training exercises for the film's action scenes. For Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman was taught martial arts by Marrese Crump in Tampa, Florida.
He also worked with jiu-jitsu Grand Master Bill McCloud in Brooklyn, New York, and later visited a fight camp with Marvel's fight choreographers before shooting of the film started. This was all in addition to his enduring five-hour workouts with a conditioning coach for months!
9. LEAVE STUNTS FOR THE PROS
On the MCU films, insurance premiums for actors are extremely high. Thus, the riskiest stunts are left to trained professionals. Avengers do a lot of their own stuff but are seldom allowed to do their own stunts. The actors generally do not have the pull of a Tom Cruise, who can convince a studio to allow him to hang off the side of an airplane as it takes off. In fact, most of the time the stunts and heavy-lifting are done by stunt men and stunt women.
10. CONFIDENTIALITY IS EVERYTHING, SO SCRIPTS CAN'T BE TAKEN HOME TO READ
In an interview on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' in April 2018, Elizabeth Olsen, who acts Wanda Maximoff in the MCU, revealed some remarkable details on Marvel's quest for secrecy about 'Avengers: Infinity War'. She stated that certain cast members were given the opportunity to read the full script in one five-hour sitting, on an iPad, in an empty room, after checking in their cell phone at the door! She believed this process was “unpleasant”, so just requested for Marvel to give her Wanda's pages.
Some cast members chose to do the private read, including Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downey Jr. But Paul Bettany (Vision) then revealed that other cast members were even given fake scripts with inaccurate plot twists in order to stop real details leaking. Also, the scripts are usually marked by the actors’ names, so that when it is found somewhere they know who was not being careful.
11. GIVING UP THE MANTLE WHEN CALLED FOR
One can’t stay an Avenger forever and must be ready to give up the title when required, even if they don’t want to. For example, Andrew Garfield had to cease being Spider-Man, as a younger Spidey was the necessity of the hour. As is the case with Ed Norton’s Hulk. But an Avenger cannot afford to get emotionally attached to his/her role.
12. THOU SHALT NOT REVEAL PLOT SPOILERS IN INTERVIEWS
The plot details of every MCU film are safeguarded jealously. These are great movies with huge budgets, and no one wants to expose story elements that could affect the bottom line. But, at the same time, the films need to be promoted, and interviewers will always be eager to land a scoop, so the actors may sometimes face very probing questions.
Tom Holland appears to be one of the gravest offenders in the MCU, when it comes to allowing important details slip, so much so that Marvel played into it during the 'Avengers: Infinity War' press duties and poked fun at Tom's failure to keep information close to the chest. They paired him with Benedict Cumberbatch, recognized to be good at dancing around spoilers, in order to keep him in check.
13. AVENGERS WILL HAVE TO ENDURE LONG MAKEUP HOURS
Avengers look very, very different from garden-variety humans. So in order to act that role, actors may have to undergo a time-consuming make-up/prosthetics process. Karen Gillan, who acts alien Nebula in the Guardians Of The Galaxy films, shaved her hair off and endured four hours and 15 minutes, in the make-up chair every morning on the first film. She also had a five-part prosthetic applied and wore 22-millimeter contact lenses.
14. AVENGERS MAY BE TAKEN TO SECRET SHOOTING LOCATIONS IN UNMARKED VANS
In an interview with geek icon Kevin Smith, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany revealed some of the tactics adopted by Marvel to maintain privacy while shooting 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Elizabeth explained that she had completely no idea what was going to happen during Infinity War's ending, until the very day they filmed it!
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo got all the actors into an air-conditioned van, explained the ending to them and then told them they were traveling to the filming location right then and there. It must be difficult for Avengers, as they constantly have to adapt and get into their character's headspace on the fly, without all the information that could probably help their performance.
15. DIETS ARE A MUST
Just working out and training is obviously not enough to keep you an Avenger. All Avengers have to adhere to strict nutrition rules and have to stay on diets to maintain a perfect shape. The worst part is, they cannot quit dieting even after their film is shot, as they have to commence preparing for the next movie.
No doubt Marvel has hit upon a formula that consistently delivers great movies, all thanks to unbelievably committed superheroes. As we've seen, Avengers have to abide by so many rules and go through rigorous training and a terribly strict diet. But how much is too much when it comes to rules? How much does it affect their lives? And most importantly is it all worth it? We are interested in what you have to say. Please leave your comment and don't forget to share this article with Marvel fans.