Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame is coming up on its two-month anniversary in theaters, continuing to make more money and inching up to the #1 box office spot currently held by Avatar. By now moviegoers has had plenty of opportunities to see Endgame, and the film's contents and ramifications have fueled the internet for months. But The Russo Brothers originally introduced a spoiler ban, and kept security ultra tight on the set.
That's what we thought at least. There were early reports that Avengers: Endgame had a strict no phones policy on set. But since the spoiler ban lifted, plenty of photos and videos have made their way onto the internet, via Earth's Mightiest Heroes themselves. Mark Ruffalo's name is fairly synonymous with Marvel spoilers, and the 51 year-old actor recently posted a photo from the set, with the Avengers all using their phones.
Well, so much for that ban. While Don Cheadle seems to remain innocent, this photo shows Scarlett Johansson, Sean Gunn, and Jeremy Renner all on their respective devices. And with Mark Ruffalo obviously using his to take the quick screenshot, it looks like security on the set of Endgame might not have been as intense as we originally thought.
Mark Ruffalo shared this image via his personal Twitter, paired with the solid caption "More proof we took the 'no phones' rule to heart while on the set of #AvengersEndgame." The photo shows the reality of making Marvel movies, which is plenty of time in holding and long hours on set. And while phones were discouraged from the set, the cast couldn't help but grab their nearest smart phone and do the thing. Mark Ruffalo just happened to catch them all red handed.
This new photo shouldn't come as a complete surprise, as plenty of images and videos from the set have broken the internet in the past few months. As soon as The Russo Brothers' spoiler ban was officially lifted, Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt shared a video from filming the epic final battle. Countless characters popped up in the brief clip, and other actors followed suit with their own secret content
Mark Ruffalo might have been a particular target for the reported phone ban, as he hasn't had the best luck with spoilers historically-- especially related to his phone usage. He infamously streamed the first 20 minutes of Thor: Ragnarok from within his phone. While it was only the audio, it was a security breach that Ruffalo thought might cost him his job. He also directly referenced Thanos' snap in an interview ahead of Infinity War, although nobody seemed to put it together at the time.
Avengers: Endgame is still in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.