Many of us probably think we have a pretty good idea of what will happen in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Thanos shows up, chases Infinity Stones, mayhem ensues. Some of us are convinced that one character or another is headed for the big team up movie in the sky. But when you actually stop and think about it, you begin to realize just how much of that is based on pure speculation (reasonable as that speculation may be). In fact, Marvel has gone to considerable lengths to keep the details under wraps. This is hardly surprising in and of itself, but the efforts for beyond what might usually be expected, things like signing actors to non-disclosure agreements (which is standard practice).
Speaking to Kinowetter, co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo pulled back the curtain on some of the things they’ve done to prevent spoilers from getting out, and it is genuinely impressive. Joe Russo explains:
“We can divulge nothing at this point. We worked really hard to protect the secrets of the movie because this is the end of ten years of storytelling and I think a lot of people [have] emotionally invested quite a bit into the Marvel Universe, so we want to make sure they have the best experience they can have when they go in to see the movie. We wrote fake pages for the scripts, we distributed fake pages. None of the actors have actually read the entire script, the real script. Very few people actually know what’s going to happen in the movie.”
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Not only has none of the cast read the full, unadulterated script, Anthony Russo adds that the number of people who have seen the finished film is similarly minuscule:
“Look, we know there ‘s a lot of very risible things that happen in the film and it’s hard, when you see it, not to talk about it, so we really wanted the whole world to be able to experience the film at the same time without it being tipped to what’s happening in the movie. We’ve been holding the film, we’re going to screen it for the first time a couple days before it opens worldwide.”
So none of the cast has read any more of the script than is strictly necessary, and even the cast and crew screenings won’t be taking place until the week of release. Obviously, this is going above and beyond what would normally be expected from even the biggest blockbusters. Of course, nobody wants their movie spoiled ahead of time, but that Marvel and the Russos are going to such lengths suggests that this is bigger than “normal” spoilers, either in the magnitude of the film’s events or the sheer volume of potential reveals.
Either way, Joe Russo makes clear that fans shouldn’t wait on this one, adding that “We really feel like this is one that people need to see quickly before anybody spoils it for them.”
Directed by the Russo brothers from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ marks the culmination of a decade-long effort by Marvel Studios and sees the Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take on Thanos. The film counts Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olson, Sebastian Stan, and three gentlemen named “Chris” among its gargantuan cast. The long-awaited movie is set to arrive in theaters on April 27, 2018.