Infamous spoiler-man Tom Holland has divided fans over whether his latest gaffe – spoiling Avengers: Endgame on The Graham Norton Show by revealing which major character dies – is a media crime or fair cop.
Before we go further, let’s not do a Holland: There are Endgame spoilers ahead.
The British actor, 23, sat with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Hanks on Norton’s couch on the weekend to talk about the blockbuster movie’s direct sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home.
That upcoming movie has a spoiler warning at the beginning of its trailer, which has had 62 million views in a month.
Holland delivers the community service alert: “If you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet, stop watching.”
Two months on from Endgame’s premiere, Holland clearly thought enough time had passed and ploughed ahead.
“The film is a direct continuation of Avengers: Endgame, so we deal with the ramifications of the blip, of the death of Tony Stark.”
Holland then apologised in a sorry-not-sorry way: “Sorry if anyone hasn’t seen the film. If you haven’t, then you’re living under a rock, to be honest.”
Despite Endgame’s directors Joe and Anthony Russo officially dropping the spoiler ban from their movie’s trailer on May 6, some Avengers fans declared war on Holland.
“Thanks for giving a spoiler away on The Graham Norton Show. Yes OK, so we’ve not seen Endgame yet but we were still looking forward to watching it. #RUINED,” wrote one furious Twitter user.
Avoided Avengers: Endgame spoilers so far, and Tom Holland on Graham Norton spoils it in seconds. Cheers pal, fs 👍
— Alex Washtell (@awashtell) June 21, 2019
— Rob Creek (@Creeky76) June 21, 2019
— Kelly (@shoedoll) June 21, 2019
But plenty of other social media users were with Holland on this one.
“He is a sweet bean. Leave him alone,” said one fan on Twitter.
“Should have watched it by now. No excuses,” added another while a third chipped in, “Your own fault. No sympathy deserved.”
Noted a third, “If you didn’t want to get spoiled, why would you watch an interview of a sequel?”
When two months have passed since EndGame released, and the spoiler ban has officially been lifted by the Russo brothers, and fans still complain about Tom Holland spoiling EndGame on The Graham Norton Show. pic.twitter.com/glAN92gPZM
— Retaliation032 (@NYC_SpiderCop) June 24, 2019
If you managed to avoid spoilers for 2 months then you must have not gone online for 2 months, so watching an interview about the follow up film was a dumb move on your part. It’s in the Spiderman trailer that Tony is dead, Tom Holland spoiled nothing #GrahamNorton
— Tess (@tess_monster1) June 21, 2019
Whether he’s the bad guy or good guy in this scenario, the endearingly enthusiastic Holland has plenty of form with spoilers.
While he was promoting 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, Holland was often paired with co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, whose job it was to run interference when Holland appeared to be verging on spilling secrets.
As one fan noted, “Dr Strange. Defending our world against spoilers.”
At one point in a Good Morning America interview, Holland started to answer a question and Cumberbatch leapt in: “I’ll answer that.”
On another occasion, Holland revealed details of an action scene.
He immediately covered his mouth: “Dammit. This is live, isn’t it? I’m going to get in so much trouble.”
Holland’s chattiness became a Marvel in-joke, with the studio releasing a promo video showing the actor with his mouth taped shut.
A montage of Holland’s interviews, during which he admits he’s “sweating” at what he might say, has been viewed more than nine million times.
Last June, Holland revealed the name of Spider-Man: Far From Home in an Instagram faux pas, and in May 2018 revealed a giant blooper to a movie theatre audience to watch in Infinity War.
When the Russo brothers introduced Holland to a special screening at the ArcLight Hollywood, he jumped out and declared, “I’m alive!”
He was dead by the end of the film.
“This just goes to show two things: That you can never be completely safe from spoilers and Tom Holland will probably have a non-speaking role during all future MCU promotional events,” said CinemaBlend.
Holland has said he’s so bad at keeping things under wraps that he never gets a complete script of the film he’s shooting.
He wasn’t kidding, according to Joe Russo.
“Yeah, Tom Holland does not get the script,” Russo said.
“Tom Holland gets his lines and that’s it. He doesn’t even know who he’s acting opposite.
“We’ll just use very vague terms to describe to him what is happening in the scene.”