“Iron Man” got the ball rolling on the current superhero movies. They had come before, but the MCU changed everything. One of the big changes was an atmosphere of fun and adventure that sometimes felt lacking, and that was all thanks to “Iron Man.”
Jeff Bridges admitted that the film barely even had a script, just loose plot points. The actors and writers worked together to make stuff up on the fly. When you think about it, it’s kind of amazing how well this movie turned out. The improvisation turned into one of the biggest draws for the film, and that’s why there are so many Marvel movies on this list.
The Jokes From “Guardians”
With plenty of improv through the movies, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” get people laughing even as they're sucked in by the character drama and the action. A couple of the lines have been found to be made upon the spot, including when Rocket the raccoon says the line “Bunch of [naughty word], standing in a circle.”
Also, it was Chris Pratt who came up with the line about how dirty his ship is: “If I had a black light, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting.” Nasty. These two lines weren't in the script, but both of them helped us gain an appreciation for the film.
Boltie Shows Off Her Moves
In the movie “Super,” Rainn Wilson plays the Crimson Bolt, and Elliot Page plays his sidekick Boltie. During the film, Wilson's character gets shot in the leg, and then Boltie tries to get him to let her join. They treat his bullet wound, and Boltie shows off some of her “fighting moves,” which was all Page improvising moves on the spot.
It might not be part of the MCU, and it might not be as heroic, but the movie still got us laughing. The movie's director was James Gunn went on to create “Guardians of the Galaxy,” another film known for its off-beat humor and laugh lines.
Pretty Much All of “Thor: Ragnarok”
There are a few moments from this film on this list, but it turns out that director Taika Waititi encouraged the actors and actresses to do whatever they wanted as long as it worked in the film – Marvel was bankrolling and people were going to see the film, so why not have some fun?
There was a script, but most of the movie was improvised – Waititi has stated that something like eighty percent of the film was ad-libbed or thrown in. He had people say their lines over and over again, giving them different directions each time, just to see how the actors respond.
The Joker Gets Startled by the Hospital
Few actors will ever top Heath Ledger as the Joker. His performance in “The Dark Knight” is going to be memorable for decades to come, and one of the most memorable scenes is when the Joker detonates the hospital. The timing was off during the scene – Ledger expected the bombs to go off sooner.
He ran with it, dancing around a little trying to get the bomb to go off. When it finally did it was enough to startle him, but he kept the scene going. Director Christopher Nolan liked the shot enough to keep it in the finished product.