Marvel gave London fans a first look at 30 minutes of Avengers: Infinity War footage last Sunday, with directors Anthony and Joe Russo, as well as Marvel stars Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland, on hand to answer questions after the screening. What many fans did not know is that the event was also the first time the three stars had seen a part of the film.
“It was pretty hyped, it was wonderful and it was the same for us, because we hadn’t seen the footage until last night,” Cumberbatch said during a Good Morning America interview with Holland and Hiddleston in tow. “We came out as fired up as the fans.”
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“None of us have seen the film and we’ll be seeing it at the same time as you guys see it on April 27, because there’s so much about the film that’s being kept under wraps [and] being kept secret,” Hiddleston said.
While none of the three cast members have seen the film in its entirety, Cumberbatch is the only one with the privilege of having read the entire script. That was out of necessity, as his character, Doctor Strange, is key to tying the disparate parts of the MCU into a cohesive whole.
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“I had to understand what the context was,” Cumberbatch said. “Strange has this wonderful role in it, and I’m trying to hold the multiverse together, so I kind of needed to know what goes on in between those brackets.”
It also seems like some stars are being kept in the dark for a reason. Holland revealed he tried to get permission to read the script but has been denied, probably because of his well-known inability to keep secrets:Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others. Avengers: Infinity War opens April 27, 2018.There has been a lot of secrecy around Avengers: Infinity War. The film’s directors, The Russo Brothers, took to social media asking people not to spoil the movie last week and Marvel Studios isn’t even screening the full film ahead of the worldwide premiere to keep things tightly under wraps. Now, actor Paul Bettany who plays Vision in the film says almost everyone got fake scripts.
In an interview with Hey U Guys at the UK screening of Infinity War footage, Bettany couldn’t really answer many of the questions directly and explained that part of that is because he’s honestly has no idea what to expect thanks, in part, to fake scripts.
“The secrecy around this film extended, this time, to the cast,” Bettany explained. “I mean, really, it was crazy. We read scripts that were fake scripts and then they had fake twists and scenes that never were shot and you’d talk to the director and they’d say ‘all of that stuff at the end? Not happening.'”
This is not the first time we’ve heard of fake elements of the film or even incomplete scripts being used with the cast in order to protect the secrecy of the film. Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man in the film, told fans at ACE Comic Con in Phoenix back in January that he didn’t even know who he was fighting while he was filming some of his scenes for the film in addition to not having access to the complete script. Bettany himself previously told Total Film that there were fake scenes in the script that he had read and that only a few real scripts existed.
“When I read the script, there were fake scenes in it,” he said. “I got the directors on the phone and they walked me through what were the fake scenes. They’d had three leaks already, so they’d written a script with lots of fake scenes. There were three Hero iPads that had the only real scripts on them.”
However, Bettany talking about some of those fake scenes being at the end of the movie supports what Hiddleston told Good Morning America this morning about having not even seen the finished film yet.”None of us have seen the film and we’ll be seeing at the same time as you guys see it on April the 27th because there’s so much about the film that’s being kept under wraps, being kept secret,” Hiddleston said. “Last night was about 20 minutes and the first time I’ve seen it.”
As for the real scenes in the movie, from what we’ve seen in the trailers and other teasers ahead of Infinity War, Bettany’s Vision is in real danger. The Mind Stone is embedded in his forehead and, as one of the Infinity Stones, Thanos is definitely looking for it. Moments in the trailer have shown members of his Black Order trying to pry the stone from him only to be stopped — for now — by a few of the Avengers.
Although the cast of Avengers: Infinity War are currently travelling the world, promoting the Marvel movie, the company has decided to not show press the blockbuster.
Citing their want to keep spoilers leaking out to a minimum, Marvel instead decided to screen 30 minutes of footage to both press and fans.
While there are few details available online with regards what happens in the scenes, social media users have offered their initial reactions to the footage.
“Won’t spoil the Infinity War footage they showed, but what I will say is that this film knows how to use a Chris,” The Independent’s culture writer Clarisse Loughrey wrote, referring to the many actors named Chris in the film (Hemsworth, Evans, Pratt). Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Holland all sat down for an interview with “Good Morning America” in London to discuss the film.
“We only met like last night,” Holland said. “That’s the amazing thing about these movies is you make films with some of the greatest people in the industry and you never meet them until the film comes out.”
Cumberbatch said he knows a bit more than his co-stars because he has read the entire script to “understand what the context was” for his character Dr. Strange. But like the rest of the cast, Cumberbatch has yet to watch the full film from start to finish and said they are all just as “hyped” as fans.
“We haven’t seen the footage until last night, so we came out as excited as the fans,” Cumberbatch said of the early screening in London.
Hiddleston, who plays the supervillain Loki, added that a lot of this film has been “kept under wraps.”
“Actually, none of us have seen the film and we’ll be seeing it at the same time as you guys see it on April 27 because there’s so much about the film that’s being kept under wraps, being kept secret so last night [screening] was about 20 minutes,” he explained.
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Holland, who plays Spider-Man, said he’s been unsuccessful in his attempts to read the full script and that producers have kept him from finding out details.
“I tried for about five minutes to get the script and just gave up so quickly,” he said.
But the young Marvel star has at least some inside knowledge and tricks when it comes to the stunts.
“If we ever film stuff where I was upside down we would just stick my hair up and film it right way up,” Holland revealed. “If you go upside down your veins pop out in your head and stuff — it’s not pretty.”
“I wish I had known that six years ago when I started,” Hiddleston said.
“We’re learning from the young,” Cumberbatch added.
When asked what other character they would like to play in the Marvel universe, Cumberbatch chose Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy”; Holland picked Ned Leeds, a supporting character from Spider-Man; and Hiddleston chose the grandmaster from “Thor: Ragnarok.”
“What’s not lovable about baby Groot?” said Cumberbatch.
Hiddleston said, “I just think Jeff Goldblum created such a fascinating and hilarious character.”
“Avengers: Infinity War” hits theaters April 27.
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