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“Yeah, Tom Holland does not get the script,” Joe, who co-directed the film with his brother Anthony Russo, told IndieWire. “Tom Holland gets his lines and that’s it. He doesn’t even know who he’s acting opposite of. We use like, very vague terms to describe to him what is happening in the scene.”
The decision is a wise one, considering Holland’s reputation for sharing spoilers.
Throughout his time playing the web-slinging superhero, Holland has accidentally (and hilariously) spilled some of Marvel’s biggest secrets.
He famously revealed there would be two Spider-Man: Homecoming sequels long before the studio had announced the franchise offerings. He was also the first one to share the title of the upcoming film Spider-Man: Far From Home, showing a photo of the logo on his Instagram account months after Infinity War dropped.
Then there was the time he spoiled Infinity War‘s ending to a movie theater full of fans waiting to see the movie, telling them, “I’m alive” before they had any idea his character perished in the film.
All that inspired Russo to cut off Holland’s access. “He has a very difficult time keeping his mouth shut,” Joe teased to IndieWire.
Holland has previously opened up about the Russo brothers’ secretiveness on set, recalling at ACE Comic Con back in January 2018 how they wouldn’t even tell him who we was fighting in scenes.
“I remember for Avengers, the Russo Brothers are like, ‘So you’re just standing here, and you’re fighting this guy and just do whatever,’ and I’m like, ‘Okay, who am I fighting?’ And they were like ‘Well, we can’t tell you because it’s a secret,’ ” Holland said, according to ComicBook.com. “I’m like, ‘Okay so what does he look like?’ And they’re like, ‘Well, we can’t tell you because that would give it away.’ I’m like, ‘How big is he?’ ‘Well, we can’t tell you because that would give it away.’ So, I’m just standing there punching the air for 15 minutes.”
“When I took the job I didn’t think that’s what I’d be doing,” Holland joked. “I’ve gotten used to it now.”
Avengers: Endgame opens in theaters nationwide on April 26.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is set to hit theaters in July 2019.