While the characters in Marvel’s upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” are primarily concerned with keeping Thanos from collecting Infinity Stones, the directors are most worried about keeping fans from spoiling the film. To that end, directors Anthony and Joe Russo took to Twitter Tuesday to announce an upcoming international press tour, where audiences will be shown only snippets of action from Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), the ex-Captain America (Chris Evans), and all the rest.
“Only a handful of people know the film’s true plot,” they wrote. Read the full letter below:
To the greatest fans in the world,
We’re about to embark on the Avengers: Infinity War press tour. We will be visiting fans all over the world and screening only a limited amount of selected footage from the film in order to avoid spoiling the story for future viewers.
We will not screen the film in its entirety until the Los Angeles premiere shortly before the film’s global release. Everyone involved with the film has worked incredibly hard for the past two years maintaining the highest level of secrecy. Only a handful of people know the film’s true plot.
We’re asking that when you see Infinity War, in the coming months, that you maintain that same level of secrecy so that all fans can have an equal experience when they watch it for the first time. Don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you.
Good luck and happy viewing.
The Russo Brothers
The message was conveyed with a photograph of the letter, shown just within grasp of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet — made to hold all six Infinity Stones (one for each letter in his name).
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 3, 2018
“Avengers: Infinity War” will be the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows “Black Panther,” which recently surpassed 2012’s “The Avengers” as Marvel’s top-grossing domestic title (earning nearly $651 million to date). The world premiere takes place on April 23, four days before the release.
This is the third tentpole from the Emmy-winning Russo Brothers (“Arrested Development”), who previously brought “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War” to multiplexes. They will also direct the still-untitled sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War,” out next May.
If that weren’t enough, the siblings began 2018 by announcing their new production company, AGBO, financed by Huayi Brothers Media Corp., the largest private film company in China. AGBO partnered with Neon for the biggest buy out of Sundance, “Assassination Nation,” a midnight selection reportedly acquired for $10 million.
IndieWire has reached out Disney for additional details.