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Marvel Movies: 26 Great Behind The Scenes Photos You Should See
From Iron Man To Captain American: The Winter Soldier in pictures

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The Marvel movie universe is powering towards its third phase, after a strong first phase and great performances so far from Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. Now, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ant-Man all promise more thrills and thunder in the local multiplex. But despite ushering in a new era of Hollywood giganticism, with eye-watering budgets and super-cool filmmaking tools, the studio has tried to keep a down-and-dirty ethos on set. “Once you put your hand over the budget figure”, Jon Favreau told Empire on the set of Iron Man back in 2008, “you realise that this is just an independent movie.” Apart, we’re guessing, from the arc reactors, super-hammers and Disney logo. Here we go backstage to see how they put it all together...

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN

 
IRON MAN (2008)

Robert Downey Jr. prepares to make a desert storm

California’s Olancha sand dunes stood in for Afghanistan – the real Afghanistan was off limits to even RDJ – and here lends its barren beauty to the bit where Tony Stark nearly blows it into the Pacific. While the cave sequences (directly inspired by footage of real Taliban caves networks) were built as sets, the Afghan exteriors, including this scene where Tony showcases Stark Industries’ latest weaponry, required some tricky days 200 miles north of LA. For two of them, winds of nearly sixty miles an hour sent the whole production ducking for cover.

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