If you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet and want to avoid spoilers, you may need to take a social media sabbatical.
As the release of the long-awaited conclusion to the Thanos saga finally hits theaters, some mean-spirited trolls have decided to drop spoilers about the ending into all manner of online discussions that are totally unrelated to the movie. Within hours of the movie’s debut on Thursday night, sports fans began warning that people were sharing the Avengers: Endgame spoilers in the comment section for ESPN and Bleacher Report’s Instagram pages, for example.
Leaks spread quickly from there, with many taking to Twitter to share the major revelations from the Avengers series conclusion — even (and sometimes especially) when others were warning early moviegoers not to share spoilers. Video game streamer Noah J456 went on Twitter to chide people who were sharing spoilers, only to have some respond by posting the entire rundown of spoilers for the movie.
Reddit has been another hotbed of these spoilers to the point that moderators for several subreddits have had to shut down discussions and enact bans on those sneaking the spoilers into discussions. As Gamespot noted, the entire Marvel subreddit had to enact a temporary shutdown and restricted posting to avoid people sharing the spoilers.
“For precautionary purposes of course,” the moderator explained on /r/Marvel. “Also, spoilers are bad. We strive to keep this community spoiler-free, and due to recent events, we must take these measures to ensure that [is enforced]. Until we are more satisfied with our filter’s ability to weed out the influx of new spoilers, all posts will be subject to approval.”
This is not a new phenomenon. With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, many people took to the Internet to spread some of the biggest spoilers, with Reddit again being a major target.
Since Avengers: Endgame has finally hit theaters, more legitimate reviews of the movie are on hand that offer spoilers. However, these assessments come with warning tags to avoid giving away anything important to readers not ready for that.
For those who encountered an unwanted spoiler for Avengers: Endgame, there is still a silver lining. Some trolls have purposely spread incorrect spoilers, so even if fans happened to read about a major plot point or a character’s alleged death, there is still no guarantee that what they read is true. Happily, the movie may not be spoiled for them after all.