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Big Avengers 4 Spoilers Revealed By Marvel Actors

Being in a Marvel movie is serious business. You have to spend months getting in shape to play a superhero, and, once you're done, you're on the set, filming action-filled sequences in front of green screens (when you aren't cooling your heels in your trailer). During the whole process, you have to keep tight-lipped when talking to the public and the press, adding an extra layer of difficulty to the job — especially if you're the type of person who has a hard time keeping secrets. 

Some actors are better than others when it comes to staying mum about their movies. While Marvel has been known to keep script pages away from some of their more spoiler-prone stars, there are still bound to be slip-ups, especially when it comes to movies that are this highly anticipated and frequently discussed. With so much excitement surrounding the movies, it makes sense that some things just accidentally spill out. 

If you want to stay spoiler-free about the next big team-up in the MCU, stop reading here, because we've gathered up all the scoops dropped by loose lips. Here's a rundown of all of the Marvel actors who've accidentally dropped big spoilers about Avengers: Endgame.

Sebastian Stan would make a terrible real-life spy

It may seem like every character in the MCU appeared in Avengers: Infinity War, but the cast of the sequel will be even more stacked. Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. the brainwashed Winter Soldier, revealed that Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer are going to appear in Avengers: Endgame, alongside one of the characters we saw evaporate into dust at the end of Infinity War — Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury.

"There was one scene, I think, we had where everybody was there," Stan told The Independent. "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." 

Like Fury, Bucky bit the dust at the end of Infinity War, so his remarks revealed plot spoilers as well as casting details; one way or another, we'll be seeing at least two characters thought to be dead in Avengers: Endgame. The mention of Douglas and Pfeiffer's characters could also potentially lend credence to the theory that Ant-Man's Quantum Realm could be the answer to bringing the dissolved heroes back from the dead.

Zoe Saldana potentially reveals the movie's title

The official title of Avengers: Endgame has been kept tightly under wraps, with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige suggesting that it's actually a spoiler for Infinity War. However, some fans thought they had gotten the scoop when Zoe Saldana told a reporter, "I think that the Guardians just shot their part when it comes to Infinity War like the first part, and we all have to go back for Gauntlet later this year."

This led many to believe that the movie was called Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet. However, Guardians of the Galaxy director (and Avengers: Endgame executive producer) James Gunn later said she didn't actually spill the beans, explaining that he thought she just misspoke and said Infinity Gauntlet instead of Infinity War.

Although we don't know if Saldana revealed the truth, Feige has said that keeping the title of the film a secret may not have actually been the best decision. "It's gotten entirely out of hand," Feige said. "And now will have no chance to living up to any expectations of what it's gonna be. And it sort of backfired, if I'm honest with you, because the notion was to not talk about it so the focus was to be on [Infinity War]."

We need some Guardians of the Spoilers

Almost all of the Guardians of the Galaxy were lost at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but considering the fact that James Gunn has said he plans to conclude the team's storyline in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it seems reasonable to assume that a lot of them will make their way back from the dead in the fourth film.

Dave Bautista seemingly confirmed that his Drax the Destroyer will be one of those people, saying in an interview with Collider, "[After Avengers: Infinity War] I got a lot of texts saying, 'I can't believe you're dead, your character is dead.' They were really like heartbroken and I was like, 'I'm gonna be in [Avengers] 4. I'm gonna be in Guardians 3. I don't know how they're bringing me back, yeah, but somehow I'm going to make it because, as far as I know, I am going to be in Guardians 3, so I have to be back."

Although Bautista couldn't say for sure if Drax would be brought back to life, saying that the character will appear at least in some capacity in Avengers: Endgame seems to suggest as much. It's unlikely that the entirety of Guardians 3 will take place in some sort of afterlife (although this being Marvel, you never know), so it seems safe to say that Drax and his friends will find a way to cause more mischief in the future.

A cosmic confrontation

Josh Brolin's Thanos did away with most of the MCU's heroes in Infinity War, but the post-credits scene for the film hinted that there was still hope for the universe in the form of Brie Larson's Captain Marvel, who will be introduced in her own 1990s-set standalone film before joining the rest of the gang for Avengers: Endgame

Although we've known for a while that Captain Marvel will appear, Brolin appeared to drop at least a bit of a spoiler when he said that he shared a scene with Larson, hinting that Thanos will have a head to head confrontation with Carol Danvers. Brolin also noted that Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) were present.

Although this isn't too much of a surprise considering just how few heroes are left to face off against the Mad Titan at this point, it still seems to confirm that Larson will have a big an important role to play in the film, which should make many fans of Captain Marvel very happy to hear. The fact that all of the aforementioned characters were left alive at the end of Infinity War could also provide some hints on what to expect in the film.

Survival of the Pratt-est

Chris Pratt's carefree attitude with the press makes him a great interview, but it also makes him wont to drop a few spoilers. The actor accidentally spilled the beans about his character's Avengers: Endgame destiny in an Instagram post wishing his Guardians co-star Pom Klementieff a happy birthday, noting that he was excited to work with her again on Vol. 3. 

The sweet post seems to suggest that both Star-Lord and Mantis will be making it out of Avengers: Endgame unscathed (or at least alive). Although Pratt didn't officially confirm that either of them would be appearing in Avengers: Endgame, Klementieff has made social media posts suggesting as much, and it seems safe to say that, considering Star-Lord's important role in Infinity War, he'll wind up having a significant impact on the story of the sequel as well — one that probably results in a big change in their fates.

Stark Jr.?

Gwyneth Paltrow's appearance in Infinity War hinted at a happy future for Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, with Tony suggesting that the pair could soon start a family. Paltrow, though, revealed even more in an interview with the Official Avengers: Infinity War magazine, suggesting that that dream will actually come to fruition in Avengers: Endgame. 

"Pepper and Tony have had a real long journey together. She obviously starts as his dutiful assistant, and then the relationship evolves, and now this decade later they're married, and they have a child," said Paltrow. "Their relationship has evolved in all of the ways that great romances evolve." 

Considering the fact that the pair were engaged and childless in Infinity War, this comment seems to suggest that there could be some sort of time jump in Avengers: Endgame — and hints that it's possible that Tony, contrary to a lot of long-held theories, could make it out alive in the end. Paltrow's reveal doesn't officer a lot of specifics, but it does open up a lot of possibilities. 

Can't keep a good Mackie down

Falcon didn't make it through the end of Infinity War, but Anthony Mackie has already assured fans that he'll be back for Avengers 4. The actor shared a picture of himself smoking a cigar on the set in December of 2017, writing, "Sometimes you have to sit back and marvel at where you are." Although he added the hashtag "Infinitywars," the tweet was shared right when Avengers 4 was in the midst of filming.

This isn't the only spoiler that Mackie has dropped for Avengers 4, either, although his other reveal wasn't quite as earthshaking. When asked by MTV to summarize the plot of the film, Mackie said, "Of course I can. A whole lot of people fighting. A whole lot of people talking. It's a war of infinite proportions. Cut the check all day, baby. Write that down. Are you tweeting that right now?" Not exactly surprising information, but still good to know.

Heimdalls and Heimdon'ts

Although a lot of characters seem to be making their way back from the dead for Avengers 4, at least one won't be. Idris Elba revealed on his Twitter account after Infinity War came out that Heimdall, his Thor character who was killed at the start of the film, would not be coming back, writing "#SpoilerAlert Gonna miss my guy." 

Elba has been vocal about how difficult it is to play a character in the MCU, and he's pushed his career to heights far beyond an actor out for supporting roles. Still, Heimdall was a powerful character in the Thor universe, and the all-knowing Asgardian will certainly be missed by fans of the franchise. Elba's post also brings into question which other Infinity War deaths will stick in Avengers 4, and should make fans wonder whether Tom Hiddleston's Loki, who also apparently died in the same scene, was just pulling another one of his tricks. While we'll have to wait and see, it seems like Heimdall is officially no more.

Tom Holland may have revealed a 'tiny' detail

There have been speculations and theories for a while now that the Quantum Realm we saw in both Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp would come into play in a major way in Avengers 4. It looks like Tom Holland — the MCU's Spider-Man and Marvel's own spoiler machine — may have confirmed that this is the case. 

Speaking with Benedict Cumberbatch in a video released by Emergency Awesome, Holland referenced the Quantum Realm specifically when comparing his dialogue in Avengers 4 to Cumberbatch's. "He has the most difficult lines," Holland says in the video. "He has to talk about so much Quantum Realm stuff. I just have to talk about, 'Yeah, man, that's awesome!'" Unless the dialogue Holland is talking about is along the lines of, "Gee, I'm relieved we don't have to deal with any of that dumb Quantum Realm stuff," then it's a safe bet the strange place Scott Lang is trapped in is going to mean a lot in the battle against Thanos.

Or the whole thing could be a red herring. Holland earned a reputation for having loose lips in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War, and Marvel chief Kevin Feige confirmed that Holland's "accidental" leaking of the title of Spider-Man: Far from Home was intentional and strategic, so it may be that Holland is using his rep to pull off some misdirection.

Long live the Queen (and princess)

While promoting Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Angela Bassett — who played T'Challa's mother Ramonda in Black Panthertold ScreenRant that Ramonda and Shuri (Letitia Wright) survived Thanos' purge at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. When asked if her character died, Bassett replied, "No. Neither did my daughter. Shuri, she's a bright girl there in Wakanda." 

Ramonda and Shuri were part of the long list of characters fans have been concerned about since the conclusion to Infinity War. The Russos have slowly filled in some of the blanks. For example, Joe and Anthony Russo told Huffington Post that Betty Ross and Lady Sif were victims of the purge, while also confirming Aunt May survived. 

The fact that both survived could have a serious impact on the story of Avengers 4 and beyond. Ramonda didn't appear in Infinity War. Shuri did, but her fate wasn't revealed during the "dusting." On one hand, with  T'Challa dead (at least for now), the survival of Shuri and Ramonda may help determine who takes the throne; it could also complicate the question. On the other, when last we saw Shuri, she was trying to separate the Mind Stone from Vision without killing him; she didn't succeed, but she still might have gained valuable knowledge in the battle against Thanos.

Mantis will be spending time with other Marvel women

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) eventually spilled the beans to Drax about Ego's (Kurt Russell) plans. It looks like life may have imitated art, as Klementieff recently dropped a spoiler about Mantis and a couple of other heroes in Avengers 4.

In an interview with Paper Magazine, Klementieff was asked about the #MeToo movement and her response may have unintentionally revealed a team-up between Mantis, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), and Okoye (Danai Gurira). "I remember Brie Larsen coming to me and Danai Gurira on the set of The Avengers," Klementieff recalled. "She told me about the [Time's Up] letter to sign and I found it really amazing to have all these women — and men too — together in fighting for a better world."

Mantis was one of the victims of Thanos' purge at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but considering Klementieff's words it seems clear that her death won't be permanent. And if we're getting a team-up between Mantis, Captain Marvel, and Okoye then — considering Mantis and Captain Marvel's more cosmic origins — it begs the question of where it's happening. Have Mantis and Captain Marvel made their way to Earth, or is Okoye somehow traveling the stars?

Reunited and it feels so good

Since Avengers 4 promises to be Robert Downey Jr.'s final work in the MCU, fans wouldn't be blamed for thinking Tony Stark might not survive to see Pepper Potts again. Tony was already a top choice for the Avengers: Infinity War kill list and it's a good bet the stakes will be raised for Avengers 4. If Stark's chances of surviving Infinity War looked slim, they look absolutely abysmal for the sequel. But because of Gwyneth Paltrow's Instagram page, we know Tony and Pepper will get to see each other at least one more time.

In mid-September 2018 while Avengers 4 was in the middle of reshoots, Paltrow posted a photo of her and Downey on set. The caption read simply "lunchtime" accompanied by "#pepperony," i.e. Pepper plus Tony. 

So we don't know if either Pepper or Tony will survive the Avengers' final battle with Thanos, but we know that when they talked about Tony's dream in the park before Doctor Strange whisked Tony away, it wasn't the last time the pair would see each other. Whether Avengers 4 will give us a reunion that acts as prelude to the couple living happily ever after, or we get a tearful farewell before Iron Man sacrifices himself to defeat the Mad Titan, we'll have to wait until May 2019 to find out. 

A return to the good ol' days

The same day Gwyneth Paltrow posted her "#pepperony" shot on Instagram, Chris Evans posted a selfie on Twitter unveiling a relatively minor spoiler to eagle-eyed fans, but one that could point to much large reveals. Posing with Dodger — the rescue dog Evans adopted while filming 2017's Gifted – Evans' Infinity War facial hair is gone and his hair more closely resembles the look we've seen in earlier films. The shot's caption reads "Senior Year" and is followed by "#A4." 

As Thor correctly pointed out during Infinity War's Battle of Wakanda, the star-spangled Avenger assumed a much scruffier look in Infinity War. Now, this photo could simply mean that by the end of Avengers 4 Steve Rogers will decide he's not keen on beards. That the Avengers will be bouncing around time is one of the more heavily trafficked theories about Avengers 4, so it could also have something to do with that. Evans might have been in reshoots for a scene involving a Captain America from another era. 

In particular, the photo adds steam to a fan theory that was already growing in popularity — that Captain America will not die in Avengers 4, but will instead be sent back in time to live the life with Peggy Carter that his long sleep in the ice stole from him. If true, it could be a beautiful ending to the character's story. Though a haircut and shave don't prove anything yet.

Hawkeye will be taking his lumps

Since Hawkeye failed to make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, rumors have flown about exactly what's going on with the archer and what fans should expect in Avengers 4 — including the popular theory that Clint Barton will assume the Ronin identity he's sported in the comics. Because of a photo posted to Jeremy Renner's Instagram page, we can say that regardless of what name he's using this time around, fans can rest assured of two things: that Hawkeye will be in the thick of the action of Avengers 4, and he'll be taking his lumps.

A few days after Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Evans posted their own revealing selfies, Renner posted a photo on his Instagram in make-up that made him look bruised and battle-damaged. The accompanying caption read "Not everyday begins the same...but always finish it with a smile." 

The fact that Hawkeye looks a little beaten up isn't a huge surprise. It's not like we thought the Avengers would be stopping Thanos with greeting cards and compliments. But still, the photo reveals that Clint Barton's absence in Infinity War wasn't a retirement and that when he shows up in Avengers 4, he'll be there to play. 

Something bad is about to happen to Wong

Wong (Benedict Wong) didn't make the biggest splash in Avengers: Infinity War, and he wasn't there long. In case there was any doubt, a September 21, 2018 post on Wong's Instagram account not only confirmed he'll be back for Avengers 4, but the photo hinted something strange (and possibly painful) will be happening to Doctor Strange's closest ally in the sequel.

Wong's caption read, "Happy to be filming @avengers 4. But the cleaning of spoilers is a bit much!" The photo shows gloved hands, presumably of special effects artists, removing some kind of prosthetic from Wong that replicates his hair and skin. Considering all the science fiction and supernatural aspects of Marvel's movies, not to mention Wong's own magical abilities, there are any number of reasons why this effect is needed. It could be that Thanos will be using the reality gem on Wong that warps his body — like what we saw Thanos do to Mantis and Drax in Knowhere. It could mean Wong won't survive the film and something will be striking the character's skull. Some fans posted theories in response to the photo, speculating that with the introduction of the shape-shifting Skrulls in Captain Marvel, it might be revealed that Wong is one of the aliens. Whatever it is, it sure doesn't look very comfortable.

The Valkyrie returns?

When Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) failed to show up anywhere on the Asgardian refugee ship in the opening minutes of Avengers: Infinity War, fans were worried that Valkyrie hadn't survived Thanos' assault and died offscreen. Shortly after Infinity War's theatrical release, director Joe Russo revealed Valkyrie survived the space attack as well as Thanos' fateful snap. He stopped short of explaining exactly what happened to the warrior, but in September 2018, a pair of Instagram story posts hinted that Valkyrie will be joining the fight against the Mad Titan in Avengers 4

On September 22, The Wrap reported Thompson had posted a shot of herself and a clean-shaven Chris Hemsworth on Instagram disembarking a plane with the caption "BYE LONDON." By itself, the photo didn't say much about Avengers 4 since Thompson and Hemsworth had both wrapped the London portion of filming for the Men in Black reboot. But Thompson wasn't the only one on her Instagram. Thompson and Hemsworth were accompanied by Hemsworth's stunt double Bobby Holland Hanton, who posted to his own Instagram story a shot of the group leaving a plane with the caption "Hello Atlanta." 

With Thompson and Hemsworth together in the same city where Avengers 4 reshoots were taking place while they were taking place, the odds seem good we'll be seeing Valkyrie draw her fabled sword Dragonfang in Avengers 4

The Quantum Realm will be 'key'

There have already been plenty of hints that the Quantum Realm featured in Ant-Man and Ant-Man & The Wasp would be an important factor in Avengers 4, including Tom Holland mentioning it in an interview. Now Michael Douglas, a.k.a. the MCU's Hank Pym, has confirmed that the Quantum Realm will not only be a major part of Avengers 4, but will shape what's to come in the film's aftermath.

During a phone call to On Air with Ryan Seacrest (via ComicBook), Douglas was asked if the events of Ant-Man & The Wasp would be connected to Avengers 4, and the veteran actor confirmed it — and then some.

"I mean, the Quantum Realm, that's the key. That's the key," Douglas said. He went further, saying that the Quantum Realm would play "an important part in all the next chapters, I think, of the Marvel films."

Considering the Quantum Realm — among other things — is one of the two ways we know characters in the MCU can travel through time (the other being the Time Stone), it's easy to imagine that Douglas is hinting that something that happens in Avengers 4 will alter the MCU's timeline and that the fictional narrative's world will look significantly different. It's a leap, but not a huge one. And if Douglas is correct about the Quantum Realm playing an important role in the Marvel films that come after Avengers 4, it's difficult to imagine what else that revelation could mean.

Tony is going home

Why do Avengers: Endgame actors drop spoilers? Some of them do it purely on accident. During exhausting press tours, the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch or Michael Douglas might occasionally forget what they are and are not allowed to say isn't a big surprise. Some actors do it on purpose, at the behest of Marvel's Powers-That-Be. And Tom Holland seems to drop spoilers because he's, you know... awake. But for the first time, it seems like one of Endgame's stars dropped a spoiler for an unexpected reason: to sell cars

Robert Downey Jr. recently starred in a commercial for the Audi e-tron GT Concept car. In the ad, Downey is reminded by Audi's Head of Design Marc Lichte that the actor has already driven the Audi e-tron. Downey responds that he has — "as Tony Stark in Avengers 4," and inserts a blatant plug for the movie. 

If Tony Stark drives an Audi in Endgame, then it's likely that no matter how he makes it back to Earth, he does make it back. We don't mean to question the integrity of Audi's engineering, but unless this new car has capabilities of which NASA should be made aware, he probably won't find one on an asteroid or the Kree homeworld. 

There could be other explanations, of course. The scene in question could be a flashback. Also if it's true the Avengers will be time-hopping in Endgame, the Tony driving the Audi could be a Tony of the past.  

No Sweet Christmas for Endgame

If you were wondering if the cancellation of Netflix's Luke Cage might finally bring at least one of the streaming network's Marvel heroes to the big screen, you can stop wondering. At least for now. 

Speaking to ComicBook.com in January 2019, former Luke Cage star Mike Colter confirmed not only that he won't be showing up for Avengers: Endgame; but that Harlem's own superhero may have been one of the many victims of Thanos' Decimation at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.

"Based off what happened, I'm already dead," Colter said. "[T]he snap has already happened with Luke Cage. We're dead, we're already gone! I hate to break it down, break people's... but no, no, we're not."

So it may be that Luke Cage was one of the many heroes killed by Thanos' snap. But while the ComicBook.com article interprets Colter's words as seeming "to imply Luke Cage was wiped out of existence," Colter's comments could be meant figuratively. In saying the snap "has already happened," he may be referring to the show's cancellation as opposed to the character literally being wiped out. After all, he says, "We're dead, we're already gone!" His use of "we" may suggest he's talking about Luke Cage the series, not the character. 

Regardless of whether or not Luke Cage survived the Decimation, we know he won't be one of the heroes appearing in Avengers: Endgame