The filming process on Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame was a bit unprecedented. Not only were Marvel’s two mega-movies shot back-to-back, but to ensure maximum secrecy, accommodate the massive cast’s schedules, and allow the Russo Brothers room to piece together their story, plot details were kept from the performers, things were shot especially out of sequence, and often, scenes were filmed that were never meant to be used at all. Case in point: In an interview with Yahoo, the ever-delightful Mark Ruffalo revealed that he had no idea whether Bruce Banner would survive Thanos’ climactic Infinity Gauntlet snap until he saw the movie.
According to the actor, he did in fact film a scene where the Incredible Hulk himself got dusted. “I didn’t know until I saw the movie,” Ruffalo said. “For one take, I did disappear, and then the other one I didn’t.”
Ruffalo had a pretty solid reason for thinking Marvel would give Hulk the boot, though. My dude is notoriously loose-lipped when it comes to spoilers. Exhibit A: Here is Ruffalo accidentally streaming the first 20 minutes of Thor: Ragnarok on Instagram Live from his pocket. Exhibit B: Here is Don Cheadle, in one of my favorite videos on the internet, getting so, so mad at Ruffalo for saying “everybody dies” at the end of Infinity War.
“I was pretty sure it was gonna be me,” Ruffalo said. “It’s like Survivor. It’s like, who’s gonna get kicked off the island? And I probably should’ve. … It’s like Project Runway for leakers.”
Ruffalo’s uncertainty tracks with what we’ve heard before, though. When Collider spoke with Sebastian Stan last year, the actor wasn’t even sure Bucky Barnes would be in Endgame.
“When I was shooting anything, nobody ever told me what was part one or part two. The truth is, I don’t even know if I’m in [Avengers 4]. What I shot was in part one. And anything that I shot may or may not have been in part one or part two and I still don’t know. There were things that we shot that were never gonna’ make it because it was easier to just convolute the whole thing. So in a way, you go ‘Alright, that’s cool, but…’
For more on Avengers: Endgame, check out the links below:
- Extended ‘Avengers: Endgame’ TV Spot Revisits Every MCU Movie So Far
- The Russo Brothers on ‘Avengers: Endgame’ VFX, Future Marvel Projects, and their Next Film, ‘Cherry’
- Watch: The OG Avengers Sit Down for Candid, Emotional Roundtable Interview
- New ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Ad Sees the Title Team Suiting Up
- Kevin Feige Says Marvel Has a Five-Year Post-‘Endgame’ Plan, But Don’t Expect X-Men or Fantastic 4