For the most part, the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe don’t have secret identities. Perhaps this is because, in the real world, many of the actors who play MCU heroes can’t keep a secret worth a damn. Time and time again, actors have accidentally let key details about upcoming Marvel movies slip, the reveals ranging from minor details to massive plot twists.
As the scope of the MCU has grown, so too has the number of potentially loose-lipped actors and the amount of media attention on the franchise. That’s likely why it seems as though there are more cast spoilers than there were in the MCU’s first two phases.
Let’s start with a small one. Back at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, actress Elizabeth Debicki gave perhaps a little too much away when talking about her character Ayesha, the golden leader of the Sovereign. In the comics, Ayesha has a very complex backstory that’s quite different from the MCU’s iteration, so it was unclear what type of role — bad or good — the character would play in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Thanks to Debicki, fans learned she was a baddie.
“She enlists the Guardians to help her fight a sort of galactical beast,” she said. “They’re this sort of ragtag bunch of people but they happen to be very good at getting rid of things and cleaning up the universe, in a way. So she enlists them and it’s all going swimmingly until it all turns very very sour. Let’s just say it goes from amiable to not-so-amiable quite quickly.”
Again, this is a small spoiler. Debicki is no Tom Holland or Mark Ruffalo.
Tom Holland spoils Spider-Man’s different types of web-shooters
Seriously, the Peter Parker actor is notoriously bad at keeping secrets, as he has let so many spoilers slip that Marvel now pairs him with the much more disciplined Benedict Cumberbatch to stop him from saying anything he shouldn’t during interviews, as seen in a now-famous video compilation. At the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, Holland spoke with Entertainment Tonight about Spidey’s iconic web-shooters, and quickly realized he said too much.
“We’re working on different ways of doing it, for different types of webs, you see,” he said. “There’s not just [raises one finger]… oh, I might have given something away there.”