EXCLUSIVE: By this point, we all know that Avengers: Infinity War is the subject of a lot of secrecy. The filmmakers and producers don’t want anyone to spill the beans on any potential spoilers. Audiences have been waiting for this film for around six years, and the last thing they’d want is for audiences to get spoiled by an unknowing cast member (We’re looking at you, Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo).
It’s been widely rumored (and later, confirmed) that the studio would actually push out fake scripts to keep the cast in the dark. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch claimed to have read the whole script, but even that was put into question when it was suggested that his script wasn’t the real one. But did they write a whole complete script?
LRM had a chance to speak with Avengers: Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and they helped clear up just how much of the film they wrote fake scenes for.
Chris Markus: Not like an entirely different script like…Cap on a pony, or anything
Stephen McFeely: That’s Captain America 4: Cap On A Pony. No, our assistant Joey would write some fake scenes. It became very difficult because particularly if something happened early in the movie you had to keep pretending that it didn’t. It just became unwieldy. So they just started to blacken stuff out.
So while it sounds like they started to write out these fake scenes, before long, they turned that over to their assistant, but once that became too difficult, they just said f**k it, and then proceeded to black out scenes in the script. Makes total sense, though in a crew that likely spans into the hundreds, you have to wonder just how difficult keeping track of drafts and fake drafts would be.
Is anyone else impressed with how well the studio has been able to keep these spoilers under wraps?