Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is notorious for keeping Marvel Cinematic Universe projects under a veil of secrecy until he is ready to release details — this is a fact that certain MCU stars, such as Tom Holland (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) and Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk/Bruce Banner) know all too well after leaking spoilers in interviews.
Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer, Loki star Owen Wilson, learned this the hard way after receiving “warning texts” from Feige’s “burner phone” after he gave away a small detail about his character, Time Variance Authority Agent Mobius M. Mobius.
Now, Clerks creator — and all-around nerd — Kevin Smith has hilariously spoken out about the Marvel “secret police” who monitor leaks and spoilers. On his FatMan Beyond LIVE, Smith said:
“I don’t think this threatens anything they do or what not, but I thought it was an interesting factoid, coming from inside the world through many sources I can’t even tell you but pretty legit,” Smith said. “There is a Marvel secret police who, when things are being discovered, not only sweat down the departments, so when leaks happen, not only do the Marvel secret police sweat the departments to find where the leaks sprang from, they also deal in subterfuge. We know this in as much as you’ll go to auditions and read lines that have nothing to do with what you’re auditioning for. They’re well practiced at the art of like ‘look over here,’ they like to keep their secrets over there.”
“So they leave leftover call sheets where they draw allusions to characters that are well known that don’t exist. So they lay little traps in the call sheets to see if it gets passed on and then try to find the leaks thusly. This is some Watergate level sh-t man. The amount of thought that goes into like ‘We gotta keep these secrets,’ meanwhile we’re living in a world where the most open secret on the planet is there’s 96 Spider-Men in the next Spider-Man movie, and everyone’s like ‘Don’t tell the secret,’ but we all know it. How fascinating man, the Marvel secret police.”
Marvel’s latest show, the MCU’s first animated series What If…?, had its fair share of secrets, too, as it explored moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that could have gone very differently than they actually did.
Now that Loki has blown the Marvel Multiverse wide open, there’s truly no telling where we’re headed next as Marvel fans gear up for the highly-anticipated Phase 4 project, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness (2022).
What If…? saw the return of many popular Avengers franchise stars — all of whom are undoubtedly familiar with Feige’s cloak-and-dagger ways — including Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/the Hulk), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Michael B. Jordan (Erik “Killmonger” Stevens), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), and late actor Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther).
What do you think about the Marvel “Secret Police”?