Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlett Witch/Wanda Maximoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has shared that the massive cast of Avengers: Infinity War was not given full scripts of the film during the shooting process. The massive Marvel project helmed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo from the last two Captain America films is dubbed as the start of the culmination of everything that has transpired in the famed franchise since its inception in 2008 with the first Iron Man. Scheduled to hit theaters next May, the film boasts almost every character from the MCU as they are pit against Thanos and his minions in an effort to save the whole universe from the threat of total doom.
The of secrecy in high profile projects like a Marvel film, let alone an Avengers one, is top-notch. With Disney now managing two of the biggest and most sought after movie franchises in the MCU and Star Wars, it is no surprise that the company, as well as its subsidiaries: Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, will be very wary of any kinds of leaks that could potentially affect their upcoming projects. That said, it seems like Marvel has borrowed a page from Lucasfilm’s production book for Infinity War in terms of safekeeping the movie’s script even from its very own cast members.
Visiting The Late Show with Stephen Colbert while promoting her new film, Wind River (which coincidentally also stars fellow Avengers, Jeremy Renner who plays Hawkeye/Clint Barton), Olsen talked about how Marvel likes to keep their projects tightly under wraps by sharing that they weren’t given a full copy of scripts for Infinity War:
“This time, they actually decided to not give us scripts. They gave me my pages and then they explained other things that are happening…. I’ll be so shocked and surprised. I’ll be like ‘Oh I see, that’s what was happening to the world at that time.'”
Given what the actress has spilled, it makes sense that even those who are a part of the epic blockbuster were shocked and thrilled when the first official footage for the film debuted at last month’s D23 Expo. It can be remembered that during the Disney exclusive event in Anaheim, California, Marvel brought out a bevy of their actors at their panel where everyone watched the sizzle reel for the much-anticipated film for the first time.
Despite joining the franchise a bit late, Olsen’s role in the shared cinematic universe has grown significantly in just two films (Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War) and it is to expand further in Infinity War. With the telekinetic superhero’s personal narrative rich history in the comic books, as well as, her budding relationship with the Infinity Stone powered Droid, Vision (Paul Bettany), fans can expect that the Witch’s role in the MCU will be bigger moving forward.
Avengers: Infinity War has already finished principal photography with the cast waiting to kick start production for the still untitled Avengers 4. While it was not mentioned whether the same script scheme will be rolled out for the MCU’s Phase 3 capper, we can only assume that Marvel Studios will impose stricter rules to make sure that any accidental leaks will be prevented.
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