There's a year between Avengers: Infinity War and the release of next year's Avengers 4, and that means Marvel's stars have plenty of time to unwittingly spoil the film. Some of the cast have form for dropping major spoilers. Mark Ruffalo accidentally spoiled the end of Infinity War a year ago (but managed to pass it off as a joke). And Tom Holland is so notorious for his loose lips that, when he accidentally took his Avengers: Infinity War script home, the young actor actually it was necessary to burn the script in order to reassure producers it wouldn't leak. He live-streamed the act for good measure.
It's hardly surprising, then, that Marvel has become renowned for their secrecy, and right now the studio is trying to keep any information about Avengers 4 under wraps. In fact, they haven't even announced the film's title, insisting it's a spoiler of some kind. That means every little detail is crucial - and viewers are hanging on every word from the cast and crew.
The problem is, given filming on Avengers 4 wrapped up last year and there's a year to go, the stars of the show have a year in which to slip up. Many of the actors are currently shooting other movies, so will wind up on press tours promoting their films, and journalists will inevitably ask about Avengers 4. Out of Marvel's bubble, the truth flows more readily. Here's what they've said so far; to date, nothing too important has been unwittingly revealed, but we'll keep this page updated with any more potential spoilers.
A Scene Involving Everyone - Including Michelle Pfeiffer
Sebastian Stan (a.k.a. Bucky, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, a.k.a. the White Wolf) has teased that there's a single scene in which every Marvel hero stands together.
"There was one scene, I think, we had where everybody was there. I can't really talk about that scene, but I knew it took them three months in planning this scene to have everyone there. You look around and you just saw everyone from Samuel L. Jackson to Michael Douglas to Michelle Pfeiffer. Everybody was there."
A decade ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched when Nick Fury told Tony Stark he had just "become part of a bigger universe." This seems to be the culmination of that, a single scene in which Stan said "everybody" was there. Notice that he singled out some of the stars of Ant-Man & the Wasp, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer. Marvel executive producer Victoria Alonso had also teased Pfeiffer's involvement, so it's exciting to see that apparently confirmed.
No doubt scheduling the shooting of this scene was a logistical nightmare for the Russo brothers. While principal photography on Avengers 4 wrapped a few weeks before Brie Larson began work on Captain Marvel, Ant-Man & the Wasp filmed concurrently with the Avengers movie. Getting Samuel L. Jackson involved will also have been tricky, since he began work on M. Night Shyalaman's Unbreakable/Split follow-up Glass in Fall 2017 - right in the middle of Avengers 4's production schedule. Given that, this may have taken place the day of the 10-year Anniversary photoshoot.
Thanos Will Fight Captain Marvel
Thanos may have demanded your silence with Infinity War, but even Josh Brolin has let slip some Avengers 4 spoilers. Discussing the behind-the-scenes production of the Avengers movie, he joked about the experience of mo-capping a role:
"I'm Josh, who's got dots on him, and a onesie, and a helmet can, and I've got Scarlett right there, and I've got Brie, and Don Cheadle, and Hemsworth, and Chris Evans, and Downey...I'm sitting there and I'm looking like I look, which is not 700lb and purple and eight feet tall. I mean, I'm feeling about as far from Jason Statham as one can feel at that moment, and yet I'm acting like I feel 10 times what Jason Statham is. I'm the man!"
Brolin's sentence structure is unclear; he may well be referring to a single scene in which Thanos battles all the assembled heroes, but he could just as easily be conflating those encounters while telling the story. What is clear, though, is that Avengers 4 will see Thanos cross paths with Brie Larson's Captain Marvel. The post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War saw Fury send out a mayday to Captain Marvel, and Carol Danvers is confirmed to appear in the sequel. It seems she'll be going head-to-head with the Mad Titan.
Shuri Appears to Meet Star-Lord
It looks as though Avengers 4 will see Shuri and Star-Lord share a scene. While appearing at MCM London Comic Con, Letitia Wright was asked which actor she enjoyed working with the most. "Chris Pratt was genuinely a great person," Wright answered. "He would like give me bible scriptures out of nowhere and then do a dance and leave. He’s great. I love Chris Pratt." Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 shot back-to-back, and Shuri and Star-Lord never crossed paths in Infinity War; thus this statement alludes to the two working together in the sequel.
Technically, this also spoils the fact that Pratt has more scenes in Avengers 4, which strongly suggests his death in Infinity War will either be undone or averted. That's not exactly a surprise, though, given that the heroes killed in the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War are all characters who are set to appear in sequels. Nobody is expecting the deaths to be permanent, as Dave Bautista has confirmed by indicating he'll be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Gamora Probably Isn't Dead For Good Either
In an interview published on the day of the film's release, Zoe Saldana reflected that the last day of filming Avengers: Infinity War felt like a "tbc." As she explained, "I knew that we will have to all come back, at some point this fall, and finish up the fourth installment of Avengers... It felt like see you later, not like a formal goodbye." Saldana's character, Gamora, was sacrificed to the Soul Stone in Infinity War. So it looks as though even Gamora's death won't stick.
It's generally believed Gamora is trapped inside the Soul Stone, and that Thanos briefly visited this Soul World after the "snap." If that's the case, there is comic book precedent for characters successfully escaping; in fact, in the comics, Gamora is one of the heroes to have done so.
Happy Hogan May Appear In Avengers 4
Jon Favreau voices the character of Rio in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and as a result was interviewed by The Star Wars Show on the red carpet for the premiere. Asked when viewers would actually see his face in a Star Wars film, Favreau demurred, but added; "You'll see my face next in Marvel, as Happy Hogan, in Avengers 4."
It would certainly be appropriate to have Happy appear in the film. Avengers 4 is the end of a story ten years in the making, and Favreau was a key figure in getting the Marvel big-screen story started by directing Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
Pepper Potts May Be Pregnant
One of the most surprising potential spoilers was let slip by Gwyneth Paltrow in an official preview magazine for Avengers: Infinity War. Discussing the way Pepper and Tony's relationship has evolved over the last decade, Paltrow noted, "now this decade later they're married, and they have a child." Although the two discussing the idea of becoming parents in Infinity War, they don't yet "have a child." So many readers assumed this comment referred to Infinity War, and that Pepper is actually pregnant in Infinity War after all.
Take this one with a serious pinch of salt, though. There's evidence the Russo brothers filmed different versions of the conversation between Tony and Pepper, while Paltrow could easily have misspoken. The reality is that this was published in a preview magazine, with every line checked by Marvel for potential spoilers, so it would be surprising if this was actually a spoiler.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019