Everyone knows the lengths to which Marvel Studios and Avengers Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo have gone to prevent any spoiler if it leaks from flooding the internet. There’s the now-standard sneaky editing of trailers to include and exclude certain footage and reports of the brothers, Russo crafting purposefully confusing days on set, but now we’re learning another technique the Endgame team implemented to protect the film and keep everyone in the dark until the movie’s premiere. Bruce Banner actor Mark Ruffalo recently revealed that he shot five different endings for Avengers Endgame and for a pretty hilarious reason. Chatting with ENews alongside his co-stars Chris Evans and Karen Gillan, Ruffalo admitted that he has absolutely no idea how Endgame truly ends or what really happens in the movie because he never got a complete script;
Mark: “I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I like shot five different endings to this movie. I didn’t even get a whole script, I don’t know why.”
He added that the version of the endgame script he did receive “had dummy scenes in it”. One of which included Evans’ Captain America tying the knot.
Chris: “Mark’s a real liability”
Mark: “He gets married in this”
Mark: “We kinda, they have to throw Mark off the scent”
Flabbergasted Ruffalo asked Evans why Marvel’s brain trust would knowingly steer him in the wrong direction.
Evans: “You have earned no trust in the Marvel Universe, you like leak like a bodily function”
Mark: “Like I need a diaper”?
It turns out that the majority of the Endgame cast was given the same treatment as Ruffalo. They shot the film with incomplete scripts. Another member of the Endgame crew that wasn’t entrusted with the full story, the notorious spoiler-spiller Tom Holland who knows even less about what goes down in Endgame than Ruffalo. The Hulk’s star at least had mock-up scenes to read and fake endings to film but Holland wasn’t awarded such a luxury. Director Joe Russo previously explained that the spider-man actor only had access to his lines and nothing else. For the very same reason Ruffalo was kept uninformed and made to shoot a bunch of different conclusions he said at a fan event for the film in India.
“Tom Holland does not get the script. Tom Holland gets his lines and that’s it. He doesn’t even know who he’s acting opposite of. We use like very vague terms to describe to him what is happening in the scene because he has a very difficult time keeping his mouth shut”.
In defense of Marvel and the Russo brothers tactics, it’s true that Ruffalo hasn’t exactly been the best gatekeeper of the studio secrets, having accidentally let slip information that was meant to be guarded as if his life depended on it. In the past, Ruffalo unintentionally live-streamed to his Instagram followers the first 20 minutes of audio from Thor ragnarok during the film’s Los Angeles world premiere back in 2017. And who can forget the time Ruffalo completely spoiled the ending of Avengers Infinity War during an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America.
Mark: “Wait till you see this next one, everybody dies”
Don: “Dude, dude”
Mark: “Not everybody”
Make no mistake about it, Marvel is serious about shielding secrets, now more so than ever as the film approaches it’s April 26 launch date the studio is going to crackdown on potential spoiler sharers. So remember kids, keep those lips buttons until everyone has a chance to see Endgame or else face the wrath of Thanos.