The contracts of the actors of the Marvel team contain more or less formal clauses obliging them to certain things or prohibiting them from others. A brief overview of the constraints imposed on superhero performers.
1. READ THE SCENARIO IN A ROOM WITHOUT WINDOWS
With no say in what storylines the MCU needs their characters to be immersed in, MCU actors rarely have access to storylines for their films. The secret is such, and Marvel is so afraid that the storylines will leak that the comedians are required to read the stories in amazing conditions.
At Seattle Comic Con 2018, Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) revealed that to read a full screenplay of a Marvel movie, you have to be alone in a closed, windowless room, without a cell phone, and read it in one. time.
2. MAKE AVAILABLE FOR RESHOOTS
Reshoots are common for blockbusters that shoot faster and faster and often require “bonus” shoots in order to make precise scenes work better, create transitions, or add things required for editing and post-production. And Marvel actors have an interest in making themselves available.
Idris Elba (Heimdall) has paid the price in the past, having to return immediately to the set of Thor 2, while filming the implying biopic Mandela. A memory of which he will keep a bitter memory.
3. DO NOT SMOKE
More a Disney clause than Marvel, this is a general guideline: for many years, Disney heroes have not smoked in PG-13 rated films produced by the studio. Category that Marvel movies fall into and indeed no Avenger smokes.
4.DO NOT DO HAZARDOUS STUNTS
If Tom Holland (Peter Parker) has already been able to perform some simple figures thanks to his talent for flips and pirouettes, the most important stunts are left to the professionals. This obviously serves to preserve the physical integrity of the actors and not to have to stop filming if one of them gets injured.
It should be remembered that insurance plays a crucial role on the set, and that they would take a dim view of an actor’s injury caused by reckless or badly calculated risk-taking by the film crew.
5. KEEP SHAPE
For the purposes of their role at Marvel, actors like Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, or Kumail Nanjiani have physically changed to display steel abs and bulging muscles. Without transforming at all, some are flaunting awesome muscle like Chris Hemsworth in Thor 4. And apparently that has to keep going.
Unless it is mentioned by a specific scenario (like Thor in Endgame), the characters must keep in shape as well as the actors who interpret them. The weight of Chris Pratt (who appears a little rounder than in the two Guardians of the Galaxy) will also be the subject of mockery in Avengers: Infinity War.
6. MAKE CAMEOS
Actors must make themselves available to can cameos for other feature films – often shot during the shoot they actually signed on for. It is at this price that the Marvel Connected Universe can actually see the light of day and heroes come and go as needed, from film to film.
This is the reason why Chris Evans, who had signed for 6 films, had to shoot in addition to the three solo Captain America films and the four Avengers (the last of which was the subject of a contract renegotiation) the sequences hilarious stories from Spider-Man: Homecoming.
7. ENSURE PROMOTION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
A Marvel actor doesn’t just shoot movies, he also promotes them around the world. It is an obligation because the pharaonic budgets of these productions need to be made profitable and this requires an arduous promotion and a world tour for each feature film. The price to pay to be one of the biggest successful sagas of the moment.
8. HAVE A STAINLESS PAST
Sometimes an investigation is conducted into an actor’s past before he or she becomes a public figure attached to Disney. This is what Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Ebony Maw in Avengers 3 and 4) said on the show Second Captains.
Disney is checking to see if the actor does not have “pans” that could resurface and tarnish the business or franchise in which he is involved. We do not engage lightly at Disney, and this explains why once found a “safe” actor, it is possible to see him again in several other productions of the firm with big ears.
9. ACCEPT MERCHANDISING
Like the performers of the Star Wars universe, Marvel actors must agree to lend their features to the merchandising that accompanies the release of each MCU feature film. The face of the actors becomes that of toys and derivative products of all kinds, to which they must comply with good graces.
Some manage to have fun:
10. NO APPEARANCE IN COMPETITION
Although Kevin Feige once said that there was no official contraindication for an actor to “switch” to DC after the MCU, that did not actually happen. This loyalty may be implied or contractual, but Chris Hemsworth once told the Australian Comic-Con in 2017 that moving to DC was “illegal”. Joke or not? Everyone will judge.
As for the MCU, it continues in the cinema and on Disney + with series including “Loki”, which was released this Wednesday: