Spider-Man’s motto is “with great power, comes great responsibility,” but actor Tom Holland is pretty irresponsible when it comes to spoilers. The dude accidentally spoiled or almost spoiled tons of details about Avengers: Infinity War while promoting the film, and now it turns out that he likely let an Avengers 4 spoiler slip during one of those interviews.
In an interview with Access released shortly before Infinity War’s April premiere, Holland and Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch chatted about how hard it was to deliver their lines. Pretty standard interview stuff, but as Emergency Awesome noted on July 14, Holland’s answer isn’t really about Infinity War at all — it’s likely about Avengers 4.
“He has the most difficult lines though,” Holland says of Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. “He has to talk about so much Quantum Realm stuff. I just have to talk about, ‘Yeah, man, that’s awesome!’ So mine is easy but his is so difficult!”
The Quantum Realm is hugely important to Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is set before Infinity War and came out after it, but the concept isn’t addressed in Infinity War at all. Presumably, Holland must have erroneously been referring to Doctor Strange’s Avengers 4 dialogue, which is further evidence that the Quantum Realm will be the key to undoing the damage Thanos wrought when he snapped the Infinity Gauntlet.
Fans have long suspected that Doctor Strange and/or the Quantum Realm would be the key to Avengers 4, which appears to have a plot involving time travel. One of the realms that the (former) master of the Time Stone travels through during his debut film’s trippy sequence is the Quantum Realm, and Hank Pym warns Ant-Man to avoid “Time Vortexes” during his voyage to the realm in the Ant-Man and the Wasp post-credit scene. Given that the Quantum Realm apparently gets brought up in Avengers 4, and that Doctor Strange is talking about it, it’s reasonable to believe that the good doctor did have a plan this whole time.
Tom Holland, don’t ever stop spoiling.
Avengers 4 opens on May 3, 2019.