6 Movie Rumors That Were Sort Of True, But Not Really

With so many major franchises in production, millions of fans are always on the lookout for news on their favorite series. This leads to all sorts of rumors crossing the internet. Most of them turn out to be false, but that doesn't mean that some don't contain a kernel of truth. Sometimes you have to wonder if the rumor that turned out to be false was actually based on information that was entirely true.

We don't know whether these rumors started out true but ended up wrong due to a massive game of internet "telephone" or if people just jumped to conclusions based on partial information, but occasionally some rumors that turn out to be false aren't entirely off base. Here are six times when a recent movie rumor was very nearly true... but not.


Deadpool Would Appear in Logan

The Rumor: Prior to the release of Logan an odd rumor popped up claiming that an end credits sequence in Hugh Jackman's last turn in the X-Men universe would include Ryan Reynolds playing the merc with a mouth, Deadpool. It seemed odd considering the tone we were expecting from Logan, but there it was.

The Reality: There was no end credits sequence in Logan with or without Deadpool. However, we did get an original teaser starring Ryan Reynolds that aired PRIOR to the beginning of Logan. It's possible that the filming of the teaser was the basis for the rumor, and there was simply some confusion about where we would see it.


Joe Manganiello Cast As Deathstroke In The DCEU

The Rumor: Suicide Squad was a movie packed full of characters, but there was one that was conspicuous by his absence. One rumor claimed that Joe Manganiello had been cast as Deathstroke in the film, and was meant to be a surprise appearance in the film.

The Reality: As it turns out, Joe Manganiello was absolutely cast as Deathstroke, it's just that there was confusion about what movie the character would appear in. Shortly after it was announced that Deathstroke would be a main villain of the DCEU solo Batman movie, it was revealed that Manganiello would be the one playing the part. For now. That still could change.

The Incredible Hulk

Planet Hulk Would Be Adapted In The MCU

The Rumor: After the incredible Hulk flew away at the end of Avengers: Age of Ulton, many rumors started to swirl about where he would be seen next. Some claimed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 would feature a storyline reminiscent of the Planet Hulk comic story, while others claimed there would be a solo movie using that comic plot as a basis.

The Reality: While a solo movie is always potentially in the cards, what we've heard about how The Incredible Hulk will be introduced in Thor: Ragnarok tells us that the movie will at least make some references to the Planet Hulk concept, even if it's not a direct adaptation.

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America's Fate In Civil War

The Rumor: In the comic from which Civil War took its concepts, Captain America died. As such, one of the most popular rumors about the Captain America: Civil War movie was that Steve Rogers would not survive.

The Reality: Steve Rogers survived Captain America: Civil War and was never really in danger of dying. However, there's an argument to be made that Captain America did die. Rogers dropped his shield at the end of the film and essentially gave up the title. While we expect him to pick it up again at some point in Avengers: Infinity War, at the moment there is no Captain America.

Princess Leia

Carrie Fisher's Daughter Would Play Princess Leia

The Rumor: When Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd was first announced as having a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the prevailing rumor was that she would play Leia in flashbacks. When that proved untrue, the rumor shifted over to seeing her play the role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The Reality: Billie Lourd didn't play a young Leia in any movie, as it turned out, but somebody did. There was no need for anybody with a familial resemblance, as the role was recreated via the use of CGI so that Leia could receive the plans at the end of Rogue One .

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi Would Appear in The Force Awakens

The Rumor: Long before Star Wars: Episode VII had a name, or even a script that we knew about, one rumor claimed that Obi-Wan Kenobi was set to make an appearance in the rebirth of the franchise, specifically, as Ewan McGregor in the form of a Force Ghost.

The Reality: There were no Force Ghosts in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but as it happened, Ewan McGregor was part of the film. While we never saw him, he did record a line that was used during Rey's lightsaber induced vision. The resemblance to the rumor is purely coincidental, but it makes for an interesting coincidence.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.