Marvel Cinematic Universe now spans over a decade and boasts of over 20 movies in the franchise. The majority of the credit for this is often hoarded by and awarded to the cast of the films. Then some of the credit spills over to the directors and creative team ( including writers and screenplay composers). But the real unsung heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are the ones who work away from the public eye. I’m talking about the crew that makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe so believable. One such person is the head of props Russell Bobbitt. Bobbitt has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a long time. He has helped create a lot of props for the franchise and we owe it to this man that the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks so real.
Russell Bobbitt recently opened up about the difficulties you face while doing such a job and he particularly talks about one specific scene from all his years working on Marvel Cinematic Universe films. This scene we talk about is nothing else but the cave scene in the first iron man movie. You see, during the events of Iron Man and IED is detonated near Tony Stark that ends up throwing shrapnel in the chest of Stark. The terrorists who detonated the IED and subsequently kidnapped Stark wanted him to build them a Jericho missile. Ho Yinsen, another captive of the terrorists ( who are later revealed to be a part of the Ten rings) fashions an electromagnet powered out of a car battery and embeds it in Tony’s chest to stop the shrapnel from ever reaching his heart. Tony later replaces the car battery with an arc reactor.
Bobbitt recalls that the cave sequence in iron man was one of the most challenging scenes he’s ever had to work on. He says:
“The most challenging scene I’ve worked on is the cave scene in Iron Man where Robert Downey Jr. had to create his first arc reactor,” Bobbitt revealed. “And so I taught him how wiring works and he soldered and we had these extreme close-up shots and it really defined Iron Man in that moment.”
Bobbitt also shares an interesting detail about the infinity gauntlet.
“Some props I don’t even know will become really big props,” explained Bobbitt. “Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, came to me when I was shooting Thor one and he said to me ‘Hey, we’re going to need a little gauntlet in the background of a shot.’ and so I made this thing and I had no idea that one day, the Infinity Gauntlet would have it’s own movie.”
The basic premise of Marvel Cinematic Universe has always been to make us believe in the reality of comics. it has always been the pleasure of directors like Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon to bring to Reality the world of Superheroes. We sit and we stare as Marvels unfold on the silver screen the audience can’t do anything but sit there and appreciate the work that people like Russell Bobbitt have put in. It is because of their tireless working hours that us comic fans are able to watch our heroes come to life.
The Iron Man cave scene is a prime example of this if Russell Bombay it shows not to help Tony Stark in that very moment we might have never had a Marvel Cinematic Universe at all. It is not four words that the Marvel Cinematic Universe stems from but the hard work and the tireless hours that the cast and crew put in over a long decade of beautiful movies. Take note DC this is how you make a franchise.
Avengers 4 will come out on May 4, 2019.
The cast is impeccable as some of the biggest names are part of the project including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Chris Pratt (Starlord), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Dave Bautista (Drax), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Wong (Wong), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Josh Brolin (Thanos).