New Blu-ray explores secret 'Avengers' shawarma scene

05:00 AM, Mar 27, 2013

Chris Evans, Chris Helmsworth, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo all play big roles in the movies included in a new "Marvel Cinematic Universe" Blu-ray collection. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY/


Written By by Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

The Avengers did more than just rule the box office last year. It also proved to be a boost for America’s shawarma eateries.

A movie post-credits scene featured Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the rest of the Marvel Comics superheroes going out for an Arabic meat treat after saving the world from an alien invasion, and a new limited-edition Blu-ray box set of all the Marvel movies so far offers a featurette on making that quick but memorable sequence.

Out Tuesday, Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One — Avengers Assembled is a comprehensive 10-disc, six-movie collection jam-packed with deleted and extended scenes, animatics and other extras for each of the movies — Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and The Avengers — all in a spiffy S.H.I.E.L.D. briefcase.

While comic-book movie fans probably already have most of these films, the star of the set is a new bonus disc with the “And Shawarma After” featurette.

It takes a look at how an in-movie joke — when a downed Iron Man quips that he wants to try some shawarma while in the heat of battle — turned into a last-minute sequence filmed a day after the Avengers Hollywood premiere at the Los Angeles restaurant Elat Burger with Downey, Evans, Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo.

Downey himself spilled the beans that they were donning the superhero outfits one more time for the movie during a press conference, although most people stayed mum: Director Joss Whedon is seen being interviewed and asked about the rumored extra scene, and responds coyly, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

One more important part of the new set for fans: Hidden as an easter egg is an exclusive look at what Marvel Studios has planned for its “Phase 2” slate of movies, which includes Iron Man 3 in May, November’s Thor: The Dark World, next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, and Whedon’s 2015 super-sequel The Avengers 2.