Warning: This post contains spoilers. Obviously.
Avengers: Infinity War broke records with the biggest opening weekend a film has ever had last week.
But if anyone paid attention to an interview one of its stars gave a year ago, the superhero film’s creators could have had a very different result on their hands.
That’s because Mark Ruffalo, who plays The Hulk in the Marvel franchise, gave away a massive spoiler in a televised chat at Disney’s D23 Expo in July last year.
And by massive spoiler, we mean he gave away the ending. You know, the completely unprecedented ending that shocked just about everyone in the cinema.
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The recently resurfaced video shows Ruffalo and Don Cheadle (who plays War Machine) chatting to a Good Morning America interviewer about the then-yet-to-be-released Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War.
When the interviewer comments that “somebody always dies” in Marvel films (which most fans would actually dispute), Ruffalo channels his character and puts a gigantic green foot in his mouth.
“Wait ’til you see this next one, ha– everybody dies,” he says.
Yes, that’s really what he said. Which, anyone who has seen the film knows, is basically what happens. Thanos, the villain, snaps his fingers and half of the universe’s population – including many of the movie’s heroes – die.
“Dude!” Cheadle says to his co-star immediately.
Ruffalo stumbles, trying to backtrack. “Not everybody,” he says, before asking, “can we rewind that part?”
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GMA didn’t and actually shared the clip online. But instead of being taken as the spoiler that it was, fans were convinced it had to be a joke.
Afterall, many thought, Ruffalo’s on-screen character Hulk isn’t exactly known for his intelligence – surely it was a gag?
— ASHANTI (@clifftothemound) July 16, 2017
because it’s a joke. If they were serious one of the reps from Marvel would’ve stepped in and ended the interview.
— Cade Onder (@Cade_Onder) July 17, 2017
Only, turns out that it wasn’t a joke.
It was a 100 per cent a screw up on Ruffalo’s behalf. Oops?
But then again, maybe the “is it or isn’t it true?” factor just added to the hype surrounding the film.
Maybe Ruffalo actually deserves a bonus.