Like describing a scene from Gattica, Mike Colter, who plays the title character in Marvel’s new Netflix series Luke Cage, went on Conan recently and described the level to which Marvel Studios will go to keep their secrets.
As noted at ComicBook.com, Colter initially reiterated the standard MCU Cast party line that there’s always a Marvel person nearby ready to jump in and correct or stop any Marvel property castmember from saying something they shouldn’t or having their script somewhere it shouldn’t be.
Yeah, I mean they had a few little incidents back in the past where actors would like have their script and they would leave it accidentally on like a bench or something at a park, and then someone would find it, and not someone, a marvel-like person would find it, because they follow us, you know that right? They follow us. I’m never alone, ya know, like even now someone in the audience works for Marvel. I’m not sure which one, I’m trying to figure it out, but I think it might be that guy right there.
Colter went on to explain how the studio improved those practices by initiating the use of biometrics to secure their secrets.
So after awhile they got past that and they started putting them into the computer, so, if you wanted to do something you had to like put your fingerprint on there, you had to put like a little swab of your saliva, you had to put it inside this little thing, you had to send it away. I mean that’s what you have to do to get the computer to open up, and then you leave it for 10 seconds, it closes again, and you have to do it all over again, so it’s like this whole thing where you have to do all these passwords just to get to your own files.
Such measures drive home the importance (and the money) involved with keeping these storylines secret. To stop the spoilers and the scoopers. Leaks of plot points and character reveals can remove much of the “HOLY CRAP!” moments that the MCU audience members enjoy (think Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man). Spoiling these moments affect how the audience perceives the film, especially how they remember the film, and the studio banks on the excitement of the fans to fuel the popularity of the movies and tv shows.
See for yourself. The number of twists in all 13 episodes of Luke Cage now streaming on Netflix is proof enough how fun keeping secrets can be.