Tom Holland is notoriously bad at keeping secrets, with such greatest hits as giving out the title of Spider-Man: Far From Home before it was officially announced, spoiling the ending of Avengers: Infinity War to a theater full of people about to watch the movie, and even spilling the plot of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to Chris Pratt before Pratt had seen the script. Holland has since joked about the fate he will face if he spoils Avengers: Endgame, but it’s no joke to directors Joe and Anthony Russo. For Infinity War and Endgame, they took extra precautions to prevent Spidey spoilers.
“Yeah, Tom Holland does not get the script. Tom Holland gets his lines and that’s it,” Joe Russo told Comic Book. “He doesn’t even know who he’s acting opposite of. We’ll just, 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.”
Holland tried to explain the process that vagueness entails, saying last year, “The Russo Brothers are like ‘so you’re just standing here, and you’re fighting this guy and just do whatever,’ and I’m like, ‘okay, who am I fighting?’ And they were like ‘well, we can’t tell you because it’s a secret.’ I’m like, ‘okay so what does he look like?’ And they’re like ‘well, we can’t tell you because that would give it away,’ so I’m like ‘how big is he?’ ‘Well, we can’t tell you because that would give it away.’ So, I’m just standing there punching the air for 15 minutes and when I took the job I didn’t think that’s what I’d be doing. I’ve gotten used to it now.”
Anthony Russo also spoke about their secrecy last year when he said, “We have developed a process where you take pressure off of people by letting them know less. It’s less responsibility they have to edit themselves, so we’ve developed an elaborate process by which we try to only let people know what they absolutely need to know.”
We’re betting they took the same tack with Mark Ruffalo, who infamously gave away the entire ending of Infinity War and nobody noticed until months later. Ruffalo poked fun at that slip-up on Monday, when he posted another spoiler for April Fools’ Day:
Avengers: Endgame opens April 26th and Spider-Man: Far From Home opens July 5th.