Anthony Mackie’s Super Secret Superhero Script Protocol

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A few weeks ago Anthony Mackie got the password to read the upcoming script for Captain America: New World Order. During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Mackie describes reading procedures Marvel Scenarioswhich seem to require roughly the same security clearance than access to the nuclear code. “We literally get an access code to a website that gives us a location,” he explained. The actors then go “to meet the person to sign, sit in front of a computer and read our script”.

It literally seems like no one to wonder attaches great importance to the reliability of their actors. “They don’t trust anyone,” Mackie said. He describes the dismissive way people treat him when he arrives to read the script, saying they complain about the speed at which he reads.

This is not the first time that people have complained about these measures. Zoe Saldana, who had to take an Instagram of herself while flipping through a script, told In the style that secrecy “can sometimes be boring”. Joe and Anthony Russo told rotten tomatoes that Robert Downey Jr. was probably the only person to have seen the full Endgame script, while all the other actors were given their roles piecemeal. Recently, Bloomberg reports that Disney is currently trying to determine who leaked the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania transcript on Reddit.

What makes all of this infinitely more silly is the fact that most of these movies are based on comic books and stories that have been circulating for years, if not a decade. What purpose? Spoilers only exist for those online (and most of the time, they only exist for people looking for them) and don’t affect a large majority of the public. It seems extremely important to demand this level of secrecy rather than just trusting your actors. Marvel actors deserve better.

Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson, the man who took over the mantle of Captain America after the retirement of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), previously played this current iteration of Captain America opposite Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes on the TV show. Disney+, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

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