Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame
It's been nearly two months since Avengers: Endgame arrived in theaters, and finally answered the myriad questions that fans had in the wake of Infinity War. It was a long year of waiting in between the release of those two Avengers flicks, with the cast and crew tasked with protecting the secrets of Endgame until it hit theaters. But some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes were better at this job than others.
While Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo are known for spoiling Marvel plot points, Dave Bautista was actually guilty of this during the year break between Infinity War and Endgame. Bautista let slip that he was filming a role in the fourth Avengers movie, but there was a problem: Drax was dusted as a result of Thanos' snap. The wrestler turned actor recently recounted getting into hot water about that spoiler, saying:
I got a little grief for this which I felt horrible for. But you’re really kept in the dark for a lot of Marvel stuff, but for Infinity War and Endgame in particular you’re just really kept in the dark. I didn’t know how Infinity War ended. I had no idea. We shot all our stuff out of sequence, bits and pieces, so I was never privy to scripts. We shot it a little over a year straight, both Infinity War and Endgame, so I didn’t know which parts were gonna be in which movies. I was just really lost. But as we started doing press for Infinity War, I had been talking to the press openly about my work schedule and that I’d been filming for a year on both these films, not knowing how the first film was going to end and that we were going to disintegrate.
It looks like Marvel security could have been its own worst enemy in this case. Because so little information about the plot was given to the cast, Dave Bautista ended up in the dark about his character's role in each of the movies. And since The Russo Brothers filmed Infinity War and Endgame back to back, there was some room for confusion
Keeping the contents of the Avengers movies was of the upmost importance ahead of their release, and great length were taken to protect the myriad plot twists that shocked audiences. Robert Downey Jr. was the only cast member given the full script for Endgame, while the Russo Brothers purposefully kept the cast in the dark about big scenes like Tony's funeral at the lake.
Since Drax was dusted in Infinity War, Dave Bautista didn't have a ton of screen time in Endgame. And considering how secretive the set was in general, it makes sense that the might have gotten mixed up and accidentally revealed a tidbit of information to the public.
Of course, most fans expected the dusted characters to somehow be revived throughout the course of Endgame's runtime. The MCU simply couldn't continue on without the characters who faded away, including the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Spider-Man. These heroes will likely be the building blocks of the next slate of movies, so clearly something had to change in order for the main timeline to continue on.