Despite Tom Holland’s best efforts, Marvel has gotten very effective at keeping some of its biggest mysteries hidden until the films are released in cinemas or on Disney+. It’s fantastic for fans who don’t like spoilers to be able to watch things unfold without danger of trade journals or fan sites revealing what will happen.
However, things might be a lot more difficult for the actors in the shows. Movies and TV series don’t run right after they’re shot, so a person cast for a role may not be allowed to even acknowledge that they’ve been offered a major role in the MCU for a long time. Then there are the roles that are announced, with players being bombarded with Marvel-related inquiries.
That advertising stretch provided a chance for Owen Wilson, who loved Loki, to witness just how serious Marvel is about holding secrets until they air. In an Esquire feature, the actor reveals a scary story that, if accurate, explains why actors strive to keep their secrets to themselves. Wilson described the embargoes as “no joke” in the post, and related a story about how serious they take things on press junkets that may or may not have been a joke.
“Well I’ll tell you: it’s serious, it’s no joke,” Wilson explained in a video that accompanied a lengthy cover story. He then, somewhat seriously, explained that he “let slip” that Agent Mobius would have a mustache and saw immediate consequences for that mistake.
“Even when I let it slip that I’m wearing a mustache, Agent Mobius, I got a ominous text saying, ‘Strike One,’” Wilson said. “I don’t know who that was from. We looked into it and we think it might’ve been Kevin Feige using a burner phone or something. But that was never confirmed.”
It’s questionable if this actually happened, given the “burner phone” joke at the end, and the video’s overall looseness. Even if the case cited here didn’t happen, it at least confirms how seriously Disney takes these leaks. As a result, he didn’t have much to say regarding a possible future return for his character.
“I couldn’t even speculate – although now that we’ve sort of put that on the table, the whole time element, I guess Agent Mobius could show up anywhere,” Wilson said, joking about a Mobius reboot of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure or Back to the Future. “You might see Agent Mobius there. Like if they rent him out maybe.”
We’ll simply have to wait and see if Mobius pops up anywhere else in future Marvel projects. Unless Wilson wants to test things with potentially earning himself a second strike.