With Endgame hitting cinemas, and the final season of Game of Thrones hitting TV screens, life has become a horrible game of avoiding spoilers.
Marvel fans have waited eleven years for Endgame. No, it’s not the final Marvel film ever, in fact it’s not even the final film of phase three – that’ll be Spider-Man: Far From Home, but fans everywhere were warned by Directors, Producers and everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that this would be the biggest film yet. In fact, it’s arguably the biggest film to ever be released full stop, never mind Marvel. There were warnings that we’ll lose characters, and the run-time is almost three hours. But some people decided to give away spoilers for the film before it had even started being shown in cinemas. #DontSpoilEndgame began trending on Twitter immediately, but it unfortunately wasn’t enough to stop the spoilers from swirling around the internet.
This almost mirrors the current – and final – season of Game of Thrones. Fans have been waiting ten years to find out which characters make it to the final episode, and who will eventually end up on the iron throne. The first two episodes mostly consisted of characters seeing each other again for the first time in years. In fact, they were mainly for fans to enjoy the reunions they’d been craving. But episode three was an hour and a half long, and it involves the long-awaited battle between the living and the dead. It was widely known that a lot of beloved characters would be lost in this episode, and due to the show being aired a night earlier in America, there’s always huge risk of spoilers. However, this time the spoilers came from Brits. In fact, they came from the cast.
Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) posted a picture of a character on her Instagram account – very obviously in memory of this character. Emilia Clarke posted a picture of herself with another character on the show, again very obviously alluding to the fact this is another character we’ve lost. One may say that because the show has aired in the US it’s fine to lift the lid. The show is first aired in the UK in the early hours of the morning, however it’s completely unrealistic and unfair to expect fans to lose sleep – when they may work, are a student, are ill, or any other valid reason people need their sleep – in order to not have the show spoiled. It’s also unrealistic to expect fans to avoid social media for the day, especially seen as many jobs in the current age require an element of social media.
To spoil a film or programme once everyone has had a chance to watch it is one thing (although I still believe you should give fans a week, as you have no clue what’s going off in someone’s life that may get in the way of their viewing time). But to spoil it before many fans have even been given a valid chance to watch it is simply cruel.
“To spoil it before many fans have even been given a valid chance to watch it is simply cruel”
Fans of Endgame and Game of Thrones have spent ten years of their life on these franchises, they may have used them to escape a shitty world. Or perhaps it’s just been a bit of joy for them during an otherwise mundane, or perhaps difficult life. To have something like this spoiled for a person because people either can’t keep their mouths shut, or are simply doing it for the lolz, can be extremely frustrating.
There’s no real way to stop spoilers, unfortunately they are a way of life now, especially when large franchises are involved. But maybe people should start to be just a little bit more considerate, a little bit more understanding, and a little bit more responsible when talking about a film/TV show out in the open world or on social media.