That Avengers Post-Credit Shawarma Scene Was Somehow Inspired By An 'Angel' Death


It turns out that hilarious post-credit Avengers scene where Earth’s mightiest heroes silently eat shawarma after the Battle of New York was actually inspired by another Joss Whedon project – Angel.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly at New York Comic-Con, the cast of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series Angel reunited for the show’s 20th anniversary. Alexis Denisof, who played Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in the series, and Amy Acker, who played Winifred ‘Fred’ Burkle, revealed that Fred’s death on the show ended up influencing The Avengers.

“That was intense,” Denisof said of filming Acker’s heartbreaking death scene.

“I remember Joss particularly wanted to direct that. He gave us an amazing atmosphere. He more or less cleared the set to just him, the camera operator, and you and me,” he added.

Acker then made the Avengers reveal, “I just remember that at the end of the day we all went for a drink and were sitting in a bar and none of us spoke to each other,” she says.

“Apparently the shawarma scene at the end of Avengers was inspired by us just sitting there not talking.”

Credit: Marvel

“Just shells, completely,” Denisoff jokingly added.

The scene shows Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye silently eating shawarma for about 30 seconds while the restaurant workers quietly clean up the debris from the battle. It’s a very awkward kind of funny.

Whedon had to assemble the cast after the world premiere in Europe to add the extra 30 seconds of footage onto the film.

While appearing on the Maltin on Movies podcast, Kevin Feige revealed how it all came together.

“We used to talk about, as I was saying earlier, the fun of the characters. We used to talk about the Avengers riding a bus together, or the Avengers all sitting around at a dinner table together, and they are around a table on a helicarrier briefly in the movie but we never quite have done, something about these spectacular extraordinary people doing the most mundane thing possible.”

Credit: Marvel

“I think Joss said ‘We should’ve had them eating shawarma at the end. Just all exhausted,’ and I said, ‘That’s the greatest idea I’ve ever heard in my entire life.’ I said, of course, we have to do that, and the thought was well you can’t get all of them together now. And then executive producer Jeremy Latch went to my then assistant Jonathan Schwartz and said… ‘The premiere is going to be at the El Capitan. Get a map and find every shawarma restaurant in a two-block radius of the El Capitan.’

“He went, ‘Okay’ and goes into his car. He takes all these pictures, comes back, and says ‘Joss, take a look and choose which location do you want,’, and he looks and goes, ‘For the shawarma scene?’ He said, ‘You guys are crazy! Can we actually do that?'”

He continued, “Well, we’re doing the premiere, then we’re doing the junkets, so this is the only time all the actors will be together again… Go get a van, take them from the junket, get in costume, take them to this shawarma restaurant. It’s only one shot, shoot it, and have it. I called Robert first and said, ‘Robert we have this idea. to go from the junket to shooting and you’re just there eating shawarma,’ and he goes, “Well that’s so crazy we have to do it.’

“So cut to a few weeks later and all the Avengers are sitting around this shawarma restaurant eating it. Chris Evans has a giant beard as he often grows for other films in between movies, he had a big beard. So we put this prosthetic face on him that looked horrific, which is why if you watch the scene again he’s covering his face.”

Chris Hemsworth had also lost all of his muscle because he was shooting Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea at the time, so his costume didn’t fit him, which is why he’s hunching down in the suit and his wig covers the huge gap between his neck and armour.

They basically edited it straight away and sent it off for inclusion in the film.

Watch the scene here:

'No Time To Die' Theme Song May Feature Big Clues About Daniel Craig's Final 007 Movie

Did you notice these?

We’re only a few weeks from the release of Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film No Time To Die, but we got our first feel for the film with Billie Eilish’s theme for the film by the same name.

Fans are very curious about what will happen to Bond, with many believing the agent will die in the film, but Eilish’s song seems to offer some big clues about a major plot point in the film.

There are plenty of Bond themes that have very little to do with the movie and are more bout the characters, for example, the theme for Goldfinger.

But others directly address themes from the movie, like Adele’s Skyfall song – and it seems as though Billie’s song for No Time To Die falls into the same category.

The haunting tune doesn’t give us much hope for Bond with the lyrics centring on a tragic betrayal. Not just any betrayal, however, in this case, it comes from someone you love.

The first verse is about a meaningful relationship ending badly:

“I should have known
I’d leave alone
Just goes to show
That the blood you bleed is just the blood you owe
We were a pair
But I saw you there
Too much to bear”

As we near the chorus, Eilish sings about being caught off guard:

“You were my life, but life is far away from fair
Was I stupid to love you?
Was I reckless to help?
Was it obvious to everybody else?”

Then, the chorus continues on the theme of betrayal:

“That I’d fallen for a lie
You were never on my side
Fool me once, fool me twice
Are you death or paradise?
Now you’ll never see me cry
There’s just no time to die”

Thanks to the trailer, fans believe Daniel Craig’s Bond will be betrayed by Madeleine Swan, his love interest from Spectre.

The new No Time To Die trailer featuring Eilish’s song sees Bond burning a note featuring the words “Forgive me.”

Another theory is that Madeleine won’t survive the film because Bond is seen in front of what appears to be a mausoleum.

No Time To Die is out in cinemas on 8 April.

Harrison Ford Reveals The Toughest Part About Returning To His Iconic Roles

Makes sense!

Harrison Ford has confirmed he will be returning as Indiana Jones for a fifth movie in the franchise, revealing he begins work on the movie in the coming months.

According to WTHR, 77-year-old appeared in an interview on CBS’ Sunday Morning Show and was asked about the toughest part about returning to his iconic roles and the actor, who has reprised his role as Han Solo in recent years, joked, “Trying not to look funny running around in tight pants and high boots.”

Credit: Lucasfilm

“I’ll try and give you a more appropriate answer,” he added. “Considering that I’m going to start doing Indiana Jones in about two months.”

He went on to say, “I’m always delighted to come back to these characters. If we have the opportunity to make another, it’s because people have enjoyed them.”

“I feel obliged to make sure our efforts are as ambitious as they were when we started. You have a sense of responsibility to your customers.”

According to CinemaBlend, he also dropped some hints about the film, “I’m not going to share the story with you because that doesn’t seem like a good idea. But we’ll see new developments in his life, his relationship. We’ll see part of his history resolved.”

The last Indiana Jones film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released in 2008 and was largely considered a flop.

A question on many people’s minds is whether or not Shia LaBeouf will reprise his role as Mutt from the last movie. However, writer David Koepp said in 2018 that LaBeouf’s character isn’t expected to return.

Credit: Lucasfilm

The publication also reports that Koepp said in 2019, “We’ve got a good idea this time.”

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kelly has also confirmed Indiana Jones 5 will be a continuation of the story and not a reboot and Ford has previously said that when he is gone, the character will not be up for grabs.

Steven Spielberg will direct Indiana Jones 5 after finishing work on his remake of West Side Story.

Pop-up Channel

Follow Us