Trivia: The Avengers

The Avengers Film:

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The Avengers Comic Series:

  • As mentioned above, the Human Torch was the only standard Fantastic Four member to not join the Avengers, and is in fact the only Stan Lee created character to have never done so. There have been many stand-in members of the Fantastic Four over the years that have also been Avengers: She-Hulk, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Crystal of The Inhumans, Namor, and Ant-Man II.
    • The original, World War II-era Human Torch was also a member of the Avengers even though he isn't as famous.
    • In the Fantastic Four The End mini-series, Johnny is the leader of the Avengers in the future. There have been other alternate universe versions of Johnny that have joined but the main 616-universe version has yet to receive membership.
  • Fan Nickname: Rulk for the Red Hulk
  • Name's the Same: Jessica. Jones or Drew? This is mostly due to the fact that Jones was created as an expy of Drew as Brian Michael Bendis wasn't allowed to use the original.
    • There was a female Galactus Herald also named Nova. They aren't related in any way.
  • Screwed by the Network: The first issues (of the Lee-Kirby era), translated in Spain. For some reason, Avengers #9 was not published, they moved from #8 to #10. Initially, nobody noticed anything wrong (at that point, Status Quo Is God), but in later issues fans began to notice recurring flashbacks about the death of a "Wonder Man", which was not in any of the issues they had.

The Avengers TV Show:

  • Actor Allusion: In "Too Many Christmas Trees", Cathy Gale sends Steed and Peel a postcard from Fort Knox.
    Steed: (after Mrs. Peel hands him a Christmas card from Cathy Gale) Mrs. Gale! Oh, how nice of her to remember me. What can she be doing in Fort Knox?
  • Acting for Two: Various Doppelgänger stories. Likewise Patrick Macanee played Emma Peel's husband from afar in her final episode.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Patrick Macanee did not have good things to say about the film.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Linda Thorson was requested to bleach her hair blonde to distinguish Tara King from Emma Peel. The process ruined her hair and she had to wear a wig for several episodes.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The show is a goldmine for this kind of thing.
  • Missing Episode:
    • Most of the first season.
      • Although these are now being remade as audio plays by Big Finish.
    • The episode "A Touch of Brimstone" was initially "banned" by the ABC network in the US, although it was merely one of five monochrome Emma Peel episodes the network never aired — the broadcast schedule for these episodes only lasted 21 weeks, so five of the set of 26 never made it on; all five later aired in syndicated reruns in the US. Even in the UK, the most censor-troubling scene in "Brimstone", of a man attacking fetish-leather-clad Emma with a whip, was shortened; and various rerun syndications shortened it to varying greater degrees. Not until DVD release was the full-length version of the scene presented.
  • No Export for You: The American broadcasts of the first Emma Peel season featured a unique opening sequence (called the "chessboard opening") to explain the concept of the show to US viewers. Notable for providing a bit of leather catsuited Ms. Fanservice of Mrs. Peel, British fans clamored to see the opening for years, but never got a chance to see it until it was included on a DVD release relatively recently. American fans, meanwhile, were disappointed when the 1990s DVD release of the series omitted the opening because it originated from the UK masters.
  • Popularity Redo: When the show's market expanded to the US (it was previously an exclusively British show), many UK-only-era episodes were redone.
  • Recycled Script: Several scripts from the Cathy Gale period were remade as Emma Peel stories after the series took off in America.
  • Shrug of God: Steed and Mrs Peel — are they or aren't they? Since they would never have been permitted to address the question explicitly on-screen, it was deliberately left ambiguous. An interviewer once asked Macnee, Rigg, and the series' head writer what was really going on with Steed and Mrs Peel, and got three different and mutually-exclusive answers.
  • Troubled Production: The sixth season. After Diana Rigg announced she was leaving, searches were held to find a replacement actress - including toying with the idea of a number of guest actresses. Patrick Macanee was apparently not aware this was going on at first. Linda Thorson was chosen as she was dating producer John Bryce - who was brought in to replace Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell. This change was because the studio wished to bring the show "back to realism" and Bryce had produced the Cathy Gale episodes. He also had to hurriedly shoot seven episodes to ship off to America with the last of the Emma Peel episodes. He only completed three before he was replaced by Clemens and Fennell again. Rigg also had to be brought back to hurriedly shoot a new introduction episode for Tara King. What's more is that the network in America aired the show up against Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in, one of the most popular shows in the country at the time. Due to declining ratings it was almost immediately cancelled.