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.”

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“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.”

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“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:

Not Even Elizabeth Olsen Noticed This WandaVision Poster Easter Egg

Did you see it?

WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen didn’t notice the Easter egg hidden in the show’s first poster until it was pointed out to her on live TV – to be fair, I totally hadn’t noticed it either!

The actress, who plays villain-turned-Avenger Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch in the MCU will be playing the character in a small screen project for Disney+ alongside Paul Bettany, who plays Android Vision.

While we don’t know much about the show – it doesn’t release until early 2021 after all – it’s confirmed that it will take place after Avengers: Endgame and will connect with Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, because Wanda will appear in that movie.

So, we’ll have to wait and see what it’s really about, but Marvel did hide a little Easter egg in the first piece of marketing material for the show and Olsen didn’t even notice it.

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote the second season of Sorry For Your Loss, Kimmel showed Olsen the poster for WandaVision, pointing out that in the far left of the poster, there’s a shadow of the title characters with Wanda seemingly wearing the headpiece that the character wears in the comics.

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The actress said, “I’m so happy you pointed that out, I didn’t notice that.”

Good to know Marvel keeps their cast across everything!

Kimmel asked what she knew about the show and she told him she didn’t actually know what she was allowed to say.

“When I found out about it, they had Paul and I come in at different times into [Kevin Feige’s] office, and it felt like being called into the principal’s office.”

“I thought I got in trouble saying something about Infinity War or something at the time. And it’s kind of his creation, the show, it’s an idea he conceived,” she added.

Kimmel responded, “If he conceived it, it’s going to be good.”

“It’s pretty great… I know a lot about it,” Olsen told him cheekily.

When Olsen first appeared as Wanda in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the topic of whether she’d wear the same costume from the comics was a controversial topic. The actress recalled that Joss Whedon told her she wouldn’t be wearing the revealing outfit that the character wears in the comics for Age of Ultron.

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Olsen has played the character four times and has never worn anything similar to the outfit displayed in the comics, but perhaps that will change in WandaVision?

Wanda has yet to show how truly powerful she is in the MCU and what’s most interesting about WandaVision is that it’s been described quite strangely as, “Half classic sitcom, half MCU spectacular”.

Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis from Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp and Teyonah Parris as the adult version of Monica Rambeau will also appear in the show.

ScreenRant has some ideas for how the show will take a turn, “The realm of exaggerated ‘50s wholesomeness may have been created by the unstable combination of [Wanda’s] emotional volatility after seeing her love killed and the potentially reality warping powers she wields. Such a setup can only end with a tragic return to reality.”

Now, that makes sense!

The Reason Gwyneth Paltrow Didn't Know She Was In Spider-Man Is So Gywneth Paltrow

"Cut that out! Take that back!"

It turns out that just because you star in a bunch of superhero movies, it doesn’t mean you have to like them, well, at least that’s true for Gwyneth Paltrow, who famously didn’t know she was in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Earlier this year, Paltrow admitted to her MCU co-star (and sometimes director) Jon Favreau while appearing on The Chef Show that she didn’t know that she’d filmed scenes for Spider-Man. She even tried convincing him she’d never been in the movie, watch it all unfold below:

Now, she’s admitted that she’s never seen the film while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Speaking with Kimmel she said, “I just got so confused.” Adding, “There are so many of these wonderful Marvel, interconnecting movies.”

Paltrow explained that she thought she filmed a brief sequence with Tom Holland for “an Avengers movie, but it was not…”

When asked if Spider-Man himself was offended by the mistake, she responded, “I never actually saw the movie… I mean – wait! Cut that out! Take that back!”

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Kimmel responded, “You’re Gwyneth Paltrow, you shouldn’t be watching Spider-Man. It would upset people if you had.”

Watch the moment here:

Paltrow appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, all three Iron Man films and three Avengers movies.

It’s not the only time she’s forgotten she co-starred with someone from the MCU. She has also previously forgotten Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes AKA the Winter Soldier and was caught out asking Chris Pratt who he was on the red carpet. She caught another time asking her Avengers: Endgame co-stars why Samuel L. Jackson was in the funeral scene. Yep, she even forgot Nick Fury.

If she’s able to forget a character like Nick Fury, she’s pretty much proven that she hasn’t watched any of her MCU films. Maybe she’s never watched any of her films?

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