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Marvel fans brace for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ spoilers

Do your part: Don't share spoilers.


Sarah Weber

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 24, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 5:39 pm CDT

Marvel rolled out its first Avengers: Infinity War preview screenings Monday night, and you know what that means: The spoilers have arrived.

Of course, Marvel fans and filmmakers alike have been bracing for this moment. After weeks of asking fans not to share spoilers ahead of the film’s Thursday night U.S. debut, Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo tweeted one final warning. The (now deleted) post read, “Tonight, at our premiere in Los Angeles, we are screening ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in its entirety for the first time ever. If you truly want to avoid any spoilers until you see the film, we recommend you abstain from any social media, or the Internet in general, until you have an opportunity to get to the theater.”

The post was accompanied by the hashtag #ThanosDemandsYourSilence, which Marvel has been circulating since April.

The intense focus on spoilers suggests that Marvel’s latest megablockbuster is full of them. We won’t spoil anything here, but fans who don’t mind ruining major surprises and plot points for themselves have been giddily spelunking through spoiler threads all morning. Fortunately, many of them seem to be cooperating in keeping the secrets contained. On Twitter, there are more people talking about not spoiling the movie than there are people actually sharing spoilers. (Spoilers are definitely out there, though, so use caution.)

Of course, the balance could tip once more people see the movie. Avengers: Infinity War is already predicted to have a massive opening weekend, with industry watchers expecting Infinity War to surpass Black Panther ($202 million) and The Avengers ($207 million), and possibly even catch up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which boasts the top opening weekend ever at $247 million.

With all of those movie fans flooding theaters, staying spoiler-free could get a lot harder in the coming days. If you’re really dedicated to staying unspoiled, it’s worth setting up some Twitter filters and being cautious about what sites you visit ahead of your screening. Also, if you’re worried, just see the movie as soon as possible. That’ll let you get in on the huge online discussion without ruining anything.

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*First Published: Apr 24, 2018, 10:43 am CDT