Avoiding spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War is likely proving a troublesome task for those yet to see Marvel's record-breaker, however, it's emerged that one of the film's stars spoiled the film a whole nine months ago.
Mark Ruffalo - who has played Bruce Banner/Hulk in five films - appeared on Good Morning America alongside co-star Don Cheadle at Disney's D23 Expo in July 2017. It was when the subject of casualties came up that Ruffalo became more loose-lipped than expected.
While initially teasing 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok, the actor went on to reference Infinity War, saying: “Wait till you see this next one, half... everybody dies.”
The awkward exchange goes a little like this:
Ruffalo: Let me just say this - like every other Marvel movie, it doesn't end well for the superheroes.
Interviewer: That's true - in Marvel it doesn't end that well, somebody always bites it or gets really badly hurt.
Ruffalo: Wait 'till you see this next one, half... everybody dies.
Cheadle: Dude! Dude, dude...
Ruffalo: Not everybody. No... was that?
Ruffalo: Can we rewind that part? Am I in trouble? Is Barry gonna be mad?
Cheadle: Dude, I'd just move on
Ruffalo: [head in hands] I just get a little impulsive sometimes.
Knowing what we know goes down in Infinity War (you can find detailed spoilers here), the concerned shock on Cheadle's face takes on new meaning. “Dude!” he exclaims awkwardly as Ruffalo - realising his mistake and clearly worried about his career - asks: “Am I in trouble?”
The video appeared online back in July 2017 unedited despite Ruffalo's concern. While fans theorised that the battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin) could end the lives of several characters, the confirmation has been there the entire time.
Quite what the ending of Infinity War means for Avengers 4 remains to be seen, but that hasn't stopped us hazarding a guess as to what to expect when the film's released next year.
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