Marvel Studios, more than any other film company out there, is famously protective of spoilers and plot twists. It edits trailers to avoid revealing the appearance of certain characters, and its actors have spoken out multiple times about the famous NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) they’ve signed that keep them from spilling the beans.
But what could happen if an actor does drop a spoiler deliberately? Well, former Marvel Studios lawyer Paul Sarker, who worked with the company during Phase 2, took part in a verified Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ that’s been doing the rounds recently, talking about just that.
When asked what would happen if an actor spoiled “key plot points on purpose”, he replied: “Yes this would likely be a breach of contract and you could get sued, damages would be hard to pin down in the abstract but it would be a very stressful thing to deal with! “
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“Marvel is very protective of confidentiality,” he elaborated in another post. “It has been that way probably for 25 years (since the current leadership took over). They vet everyone and everything. Anyone coming to an office or getting a link to confidential information will have to sign an NDA.
“It’s not just limited to talent. I remember when we would do premieres and screenings, everyone would have their phones collected before they could enter, although that might be more common now.”
Of course, Marvel actors have famously dropped spoilers before today and they are still a part of the MCU. For example, Marvel boss Kevin Feige previously confirmed that the official announcement of Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s title in 2018 actually played on a running joke about Tom Holland accidentally letting spoilers slip ahead of time.
“There are certain logistics of the way these movies are made that meant that title would potentially be leaked in some way because it was going out into the world in various forms,” Feige explained at that time. “So Mr Holland took it upon himself to leak it for us.”
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As Paul said, it’s a very abstract thing to pin down how much a spoiler would damage box office – it could be argued more people may go to watch the movie to see if said spoiler actually happens – but that doesn’t mean that people aren’t ‘t still scared of letting spoilers slip.
Although Paul doesn’t work at Marvel anymore, he did briefly acknowledge a question about the complicated rights situation which reportedly surrounds the character Namor the Sub-Mariner.
However, he wasn’t giving much away, simply saying, “Hey. This is a great question … I’m not sure I can discuss this.”
Thor: Love and Thunder has a release date of July 7 in the UK and July 8 in the US. The other three Thor movies are available to stream now on Disney +.
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