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It is no secret that Marvel runs a tight ship. As one of the leading studios for blockbuster movie content and adaptations of beloved characters, the entertainment giant has developed a reputation for approaching its spoiler protection with borderline authoritarian tactics. The process seems to work, as Marvel movies often suffer far fewer spoiler leaks than other blockbuster franchises, but the process of keeping all of those secrets can apparently get fairly daunting. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 actress Elizabeth Debicki recently addressed Marvel's hypervigilance, saying:
Oh, it was so disciplined. I was terrorized by NDAs! It's so nice now that people have seen it and I can talk about it. For the longest time, I couldn't even say what color I was going to be!
We knew Marvel kept its talent on a short leash, but we did not realize just how strict the process of filming a Marvel sequel truly is. As Elizabeth Debicki mentioned in her recent conversation with Vulture, the studio continuously bombarded her with NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) that legally barred her from discussing anything about her work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with anyone. Even seemingly insignificant details (such as the color of Ayesha's skin) were entirely off of the table for her.
Based on what we already know about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems increasingly likely that Elizabeth Debicki can expect even more of those pesky non-disclosure agreements on the horizon. James Gunn has already made it abundantly clear that he intends to use the Ayesha character again during his next forays into the MCU, which means her status as a key player in the silver screen comic book world just became far more permanent. Ayesha is directly responsible for the creation of Adam Warlock (whose origins are revealed during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's credits), so it stands to reason that she will become a key player in future adventures.
As mentioned above, the draconian measures that Marvel implements to keep its secrets have worked for the franchise so far. While other cinematic universes have recently experienced insane levels of set leaks that spoiled some of their most critical sequences (Suicide Squad is a prime example of that idea), Marvel has managed to keep the essential elements of its films under wraps until the premiere dates. You can call their methods strict, but it is hard to argue against the results they achieve.
Luckily, after all of that anticipation and eagerness, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally in theaters. Make sure to check it out while you still can and start gearing up for the rest of this year's most highly anticipated theatrical debuts!