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‘Like Working in Water, Mud, and Weird Slime’: Marvel Director Says Movie Set Become ‘Bacterially Dangerous’ While Filming

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Lionsgate’s 2005 monster movie Man-Thing was not exactly a very good investment. The notorious monster movie was one of the many adaptations that Marvel attempted to bring to life at the start of the century through its joint venture agreement with the now defunct Artisan Entertainment studio (which was eventually purchased by Lionsgate).

Honestly, you can’t blame the crew behind Man-Thing for its failure to rack in numbers in theaters. The movie received just about $5 million in funding from Marvel, and it’s return profit from theaters was only $1.1 million, quite sad. But it doesn’t stop there, the movie’s director, Brett Leonard, has given fresh details about the terrible conditions on set, and it’s a super smelly tale.

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The antagonist of the movie from Man-Thing

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A Very Smelly Accident, What Was It?

Man-Thing is one of Marvel’s not-so-well funded movies, and the mess that was created on set by the crew of the horror-flick confirms it. It’s been 17 years since the movie came out, and director Brett Leonard has revealed during a commentary about the movie with that the piles of mud that were ordered to make a realistic swamp wasn’t exactly made out of mud or dirt.

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The Man-Thing creature

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Hear it from Leonard himself-

“We had to constantly replace mud to get enough mud in certain areas. And we had to build up mounds of mud, because mostly it was a tank of water. This was like working in water, mud, and weird slime the whole time. It basically, even though it was not a toxic real swamp, like the other part we were making, but this was the man-made swamp.”

Well that’s all good, but the details get nastier-

“It actually became a bit toxic because one day, for one of the scenes coming up, we had to create a bigger mound of mud and the Australian crew went to grab some bags of like Fuller’s earth to build the mud mound up. It turned out it was made of what they would call, chook shit, which is chicken shit.”

“They poured all this chicken shit into this giant tank and the entire tank became bacterially dangerous.”

That’s one movie set you wouldn’t want to be on, even if it’s a Marvel approved project.

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In Other News, She-Hulk Is Apparently Integral To Whether The Next Avengers Movie Will Happen At All Or Not

One of Marvel’s biggest stars, Mark Ruffalo aka Mr. Bruce Banner claims that a new Avengers movie is off the books if She-Hulk doesn’t play a part in it.

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The Hulk and She-Hulk

Marvel’s upcoming TV series, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, stars Tatiana Maslany who plays She-Hulk, the female version of The Hulk. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, both Hulks sat down to talk about the show, and in between the conversation, Ruffalo suggested that Maslany’s character will be a part of the Avengers in the near future-

“All right, you can have a year. No, she’s in now, there’s not going to be another Avengers without her.”

Ruffalo might just have ruffled some feathers and unofficially confirmed a new addition to the mighty team!

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will be up and ready for streaming on Disney+ starting from August 18, 2022, with a total of nine episodes in the first season.


Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is a content writer for Fandomwire with over 300 published articles. He now has 3 years of experience and counting in content writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University.