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Trivia about Ultimate Avengers.

  • Partially based on the Marvel comic The Ultimates. The team is named the Avengers in the film, as the Ultimates were an adaptation of the classic Avengers. The plot is a truncated version of the first two story arcs in the Volume 1 series. The characters of Thor, Hulk, and General Fury are watered down versions of the Ultimates comic book characters of the same name. Captain America, Jarvis, Wasp, Giant Man and Iron Man in this cartoon are adapted from the Avengers comic books, as well as Iron Man, Captain America, and Tales to Astonish, published from the 1960s to the early 21st century.
  • Marvel Studios held a nationwide voice talent search for this film on their official website. Some of the audition tapes can be seen as a special feature on the DVD.
  • The sequence of Captain America risking his life to stop a bomb is taken right from the pages of The Ultimates #1.
  • Captain America's sweetheart is Gail Richards. She is based on the character that appeared in the 1940's Captain America movie serial.
  • Ultimate Avengers was chosen as the first of MLG's films because it provided a unique opportunity to bring together multiple famous Marvel characters in one story.
  • Writer Mark Millar had originally intended the Chitauri to be the Ultimate equivalent of the alien race the Skrulls, which were made famous in the pages of the Fantastic Four. In the comics, Kleiser claims that they had oncwe been named Skrulls.
  • The filmmakers chose to produce Ultimate Avengers in the traditional 2-D cell animation process as opposed to the current trend of computer generated animation. Producer Craig Kyle explained that he believed that traditional animation remains a powerful medium for conveying character emotion on screen.
  • In the Ultimate universe, the U.S. government put the Ultimates together to keep America in the lead of a superhuman arms race. In the film, the Avengers are formed to counter an extraterrestrial attack.
  • In adapting the Ultimates for the screen, the filmmakers retained writer Mark Millar's choice of playing Tony Stark with an air of arrogance, making him come off more as a playboy than an engineering genius.
  • Iron Man concealing his identity is another departure from the comics. In the comics, Nick Fury wants Tony Stark to join the Ultimates because he is a publicly recognized "brand name", and his new Iron Man armor might be useful to S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Bucking the trend of using celebrity voices, the producers selected the cast they felt could best breathe life into the characters. They wanted the audience to focus on the characters and the story, not spend the film trying to guess who was providing each voice.
  • In the comics, Hank and Janet's fight after their first mission led to domestic abuse. In the film, the fight is reduced to a hightened argument.
  • The Chitauri revealing themselves in physical form is another departure from the comic books. In the comics, they appear only in human form. The Chitauri in the film are reptilian monsters with superhuman strength and biomechanical features, while in the comics their physical forms were not revealed, as they took the forms of the humans they had eaten, and they were shown to be as frail as humans.
  • In the comics, when Thor emerged to fight the Hulk, Thor breaks the Hulk's jaw, cracks his ribs, and punctures his lung, but the Hulk kept fighting. None of these injuries were mentioned during the movie itself.

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