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Did we make it? Tonight millions will see Avengers: Endgame on the big screen for the first time on opening night. For many going out to see the superhero epic, it’s all about going out to see it before we stumble on spoilers online. (Pro tip: Avoid the comment section, that’s how Force Awakens was ruined for me back in 2015.)

While it will certainly be tough for fans to keep quiet about Endgame once it comes out, imagine the stress the star-studded cast of the franchise who have had to remain tight-lipped about the blockbuster for YEARS. Especially, poor ‘ole Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo, who have proven that secrets aren’t the safest under their protection in the past.

Have no fear! The Russo Brothers seemed to have taken extra measures to keep Holland from having loose lips about the highly-anticipated flick: he died in Infinity War, therefore wasn’t part of the Endgame press tour and was not present at the Los Angeles premiere on Monday. While many would guess Spidey just wasn’t invited to keep him from spilling any Endgame details, looks like he was just tied up on another film set. Holland took to his Instagram (via People) to explain:

Hey everyone. I just wanted to do a little message and say sorry I wasn’t at the premiere last night. I’m here in Alabama — not I’m not, I’m in Atlanta — shooting Chaos Walking.

It’s a better excuse than what the world was already thinking! Chaos Walking is a post-apocalyptic thriller also starring Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas, Cynthia Erivo and David Oyelowo about a world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other's’ thoughts. The film is undergoing major reshoots after initial cuts were reportedly deemed “unreleasable”. Tom Holland continued his message with these words:

I noticed on the red carpet that there was a thank you cam for all our fans, our amazing fans, so I wanted to do my own and say thank you for letting me be part of this amazing Marvel journey. It’s really changed my life and I could’ve never imagined this would happen to me. So, thank you so much.

Tom Holland’s Marvel journey started with the Russos when he was cleverly introduced in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before getting his own flick in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and reprising his role in Infinity War. So of course he wanted to be there and would have been welcome if he wasn’t half across the U.S. working on another project.

There’s a solid reason why many might have been under the impression he just wasn’t invited. Remember that time when he yelled “I’m alive!” in a theater full of people who had not yet seen Infinity War? For Endgame he wasn’t trusted with a script, just his own lines. We do know one thing… we’ll be seeing Spidey again after Endgame, since he’ll return for Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 3.

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