As the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown into the global media juggernaut that it has become, and has set the precedent when it comes to connected movie worlds, one of the cruxes has been spoilers and leaks that give away the story before it hits theaters. Marvel Studios has taken all kinds of precautions when it comes to this, even going as far as to put it “fakes scenes” in trailers to throw off fans from the true plot details. You can thank the Russos for this, as they want fans to truly be surprised when they see the film in theaters. That’s also the case with Avengers: Endgame.
“We talked about all scales of marketing. The thing that’s most important to us is that we preserve the surprise of the narrative. When I was a kid and saw The Empire Strikes Back at 11am on the day it opened…it so profoundly moved me because I didn’t know a damn thing about the story I was going to watch. We’re trying to replicate that experience.”
This isn’t a new revelation, either. The Russos have been using this tactic for a while now. They even talked about it last summer on the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast.
“We look at the trailer as a very different experience than the movie, and I think audiences are so predictive now that you have to be very smart about how you craft a trailer because an audience can watch a trailer and basically tell you what’s gonna happen in the film. We consume too much content. So at our disposal are lots of different shots that aren’t in the movie that we can manipulate through CG to tell a story that we want to tell specifically for the purpose of the trailer and not for the film.”
It’s a bittersweet experience knowing that you can’t even trust your own eyes when it domes to these trailers. Fans have scoured them, frame by frame, trying to find out exactly what is going to happen. In this modern age of social media and internet access, though, are we ruining the experience of going into a film blind and being surprised? Think about the feeling of shock everyone had at the end of Infinity War. Yes, it was sad, but no one saw that coming, and it was a cinematic experience that is so rare nowadays. Maybe what Marvel and the Russos are doing is actually the best thing possible. Maybe these ruses are actually what is needed in Hollywood.
Let’s get back to the days of not knowing every little detail of a movie before you even see it. Let the magic and wonder of the cinema do its job.
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