Warning: this article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War star Mark Ruffalo accidentally revealed the blockbuster movie’s shock ending months ago, but managed to pass it off as a faked stunt.
During an interview with Good Morning America alongside co-star Don Cheadle in July 2017, Ruffalo dropped a major spoiler about the hotly-anticipated film, before panicking and attempting to backtrack.
Those who have seen the Marvel film, which hit Australian cinemas on April 25, will know it ends with the deaths of half the characters they’ve grown to know and love.
Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk, nearly revealed this plot twist when asked if his character would be successful in saving the planet.
“Can I say it? Can I just give them a little taste?” Ruffalo asked Cheadle, who immediately grew worried.
“I wouldn’t say too much, you can say as much as you … I mean, hey, it’s your career,” Cheadle cautioned.
“Let me just say this – like every other Marvel movie, it doesn’t end well for the superheroes,” Ruffalo offered.
The interviewer was unsurprised, arguing that, “in [all] Marvel [movies] it doesn’t end that well, somebody always dies”.
“Wait till you see this next one … everybody dies,” Ruffalo blurted out, much to the horror of a stunned Cheadle.
“Dude! Dude!” a stunned Cheadle interrupted, prompting Ruffalo to backtrack ferociously.
“Not everybody no … Can we rewind that part? Am I in trouble?” he asked.
“A little … Dude, I’d just move on,” Cheadle advised.
A stricken Ruffalo then put his head in his hands as the interview proceeded, mumbling: “I get impulsive sometimes.”
Watch the awkward moment from the 1:50 mark
Sharp-eared viewers on Youtube have pointed out Ruffalo almost revealed even more detail about the ending before catching himself, nearly blurting out “half die,” but correcting to “everybody dies”.
The shock conclusion has been one of the main talking points among audiences flocking to Avengers: Infinity War, which boasts 21 big-name stars and earned a record-breaking $839 million ($US630 million) at the box office in its opening weekend.
This is the third time Ruffalo, 50, has almost ruined Marvel’s fortunes by inadvertently dropping major franchise spoilers.
In October 2017, he accidentally live-streamed audio from the premiere of Thor: Ragnarok on his Instagram account while 2500 of his 7.3 million Instagram followers listened in (for the record, he let it run for 10 minutes before he registered his error).
mark ruffalo realizing he forgot to turn off the livestream and accidentally leaked the first 10 min of thor ragnarok audio IM DEAD KSHSKS pic.twitter.com/xREI2yXXQM
— sue (@caIImbyourname) October 11, 2017
Ruffalo clearly battles with technology – when sharing Vanity Fair‘s December 2017 cover, featuring him and three other Infinity War stars, Ruffalo wrote: “This is the photoshoot I may have accidentally Facebook Live-d. I’m perpetually sorry Marvel.”
Really, it’s miraculous the man has survived five Marvel movies – with a sixth on the way – without being banned from all media commitments.
Avengers assemble! (This is the photoshoot I may have accidentally Facebook Live-d. I’m perpetually sorry @Marvel!) Read the @VanityFair cover story here: https://t.co/0bywQiy1XU pic.twitter.com/V54qr3V2p9
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 27, 2017