The 'Dirt' on the Post-Post-Credits Scene in The Avengers
05.05.12 by BJSprecher
If you weren't one of the die-hard fans who helped The Avengers set the new midnight screening box office record for a superhero movie — raking in $18.7 million to narrowly defeat the previous record holder, The Dark Knight, which took in $18.5 million during its midnight screening back in 2008 — and you didn't see it last night, then you might want to turn back now because we've got the dirt on the post-post-credits scene. [Oh, and if you're going to see The Avengers for the first time today or tomorrow, be sure to stick around until the very, very end of the credits to see what we're talking about and then come back to read what it was all about.]
All of the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe of movies — Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and First Avenger: Captain America — contained a "button" or post-credits scene, so the fact that there's one in The Avengers is really no surprise to anyone. What is surprising is that the movie has not one, but two post-credits scenes, the second shot only weeks before its domestic theatrical debut. Robert Downey, Jr. spilled the beans about the new scene during a press conference the day after the movie's premiere, but many chalked it up to his mercurial personality, especially after writer-director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige both denied that there would be a new scene. Well, now we know that Downey, Jr. was correct and Whedon and Feige were trying to snow us, but what's the deal with the shawarma scene?
According to EW, Downey simply wasn't satisfied with the simple line that Tony Stark/Iron Man was to utter after the final battle and pitched Whedon on various other lines that ended up turning into pages and pages of new dialogue. Whedon ended up using Downey's suggestion to have Stark say, "Please tell me nobody tried to kiss me," in the final cut of the movie and another of Downey's lines inspired Whedon to shoot the post-post-credits scene inside the shawarma restaurant where The Avengers — bloody, bruised, and completely spent — sit quietly around a table munching on Middle Eastern cuisine to show that they were, finally, a team, and perhaps even a family.
If you've seen the scene, than you probably noticed that Chris Evans sat with his head resting on his hand. Was Captain America really that tired? Probably, but the real reason for the Super Soldier's posture was that Evans was trying to hide the fact that he was wearing a rather unsightly prosthetic to cover his beard. Oh, and why the sickly look on Chris Hemsworth's face? Well, the "god of thunder" may be able to eat a mountain of slow-cooked meat stuffed in flatbread, but the Aussie actor who plays him? Not so much. "I thought I might be sick," Hemsworth told EW. "I ate one [pita] each take, you know! And by the end, I was like, Whooooaaa..."