It’s no secret that Marvel like to keep a very tight lid on their movies. Well unless you count the small snafu by Mark Ruffalo at the Thor: Ragnarok premiere. Oh and blabbermouth Tom Holland.
In the lead up to the latest highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War the big reveal is being held off until the worldwide premiere in Los Angeles. However, a select group of people were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of 30 minutes of footage at Sunday’s event in London.
At the event, held at London’s BBC Television Centre complex at White City, several of the film’s stars which included Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen and Letitia Wright joined directors Anthony and Joe Russo for a fan event which included the winners of a cosplay competition a Q&A session with the actors and 30 minutes of footage from the upcoming film.
Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in the MCU had an answer to the question of why Marvel are surrounding this new movie in such secrecy, which has been ten years in the making:
“The reason they’re not screening the whole film is because there are so many new things that happen in it – things that have never happened before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – that it’s just more exciting if everyone in the world sees the film at the same time… So that feels new for me, having been in the Marvel Universe for awhile,” Hiddleston said on the red carpet this weekend in London. One of the reasons for the secrecy is that there is huge speculation about which characters won’t survive the war about to rage across the universe, not least of all Hiddleston’s Loki. It has already been hinted at that the first few moments of Avengers: Infinity War is absolutely brutal and several deaths occur. A quick stroll around Tumblr and Reddit can satiate any conspiracy theories you’d like to read about.
What we do know is that the movie picks up from the post-credit scene in Thor: Ragnarok when, having escaped the devastation of Sutur and Hela blowing up Asgard, the ship carrying the last Asgardians including Thor and Loki is ambushed by Sanctuary 2, Thanos’ ship. It is believed that Loki is going to be forced to give up the Tesseract and it’s highly tipped he will be slaughtered in front of Thor. If this is true, it creates a fantastic character arc for Loki who has come so close to redemption and acceptance of his place and will give Hiddleston an exit from the MCU that this Shakespearean actor would do justice to. I mean, who doesn’t love a powerful death?
Watch Hiddleston’s red carpet interview below:
Avengers: Infinity War will be released in UK and Australian cinemas on April 26, and US movie theatres on April 27.