Have you seen Avengers: Infinity War yet? If not, what are you doing to stay away from spoilers about the movie? Spoilers, the over-sharing of major plot points that give away the twists and turns of any movie or TV show. They’re everywhere.
Spoilers are like donuts. If I have spoilers plopped in front of me, just like a box of fresh donuts, it’s hard not to succumb. And just like donuts, I feel bad later that temptation led to overindulging. Knowing this about myself, I made sure to see the latest Avengers film on the preview night. That’s one option: see the movie right away. The other option is to stay far away from the internet until you can make it to the theater. The internet is like a dozen chocolate-frosted donuts calling your name. So yummy. So unhealthy.
I have a colleague, Dan, who chooses to stay away from spoilers online and waits to see a movie later in its run. He’s also not the type to devour donuts all willy-nilly. He doesn’t spend time on websites like Vulture or A.V. Club. That’s a good thing, as even the headlines of some articles about the movie can help you piece together major spoilers.
You also can’t trust that reading only reviews will keep you unspoiled. If you read enough reviews about a movie, you might just learn too much. I didn’t see The Sixth Sense (1999) right away, but by the time I read multiple times about a big plot twist, I had a sneaking suspicion that Bruce Willis’ character may have died early on in the film. Yes, you’ve just been spoiled. Sorry.
Shoot, even reading that a movie has a major plot twist is a spoiler. It’s much more fun to learn there’s a twist as you watch the film with the rest of the audience.
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you can find multiple spoiler versions online for its last season. Season seven script outlines were posted before the episodes aired, and I couldn’t resist. Spoiled, darn it.
It was much easier before the internet. The only way you would hear spoilers is from other moviegoers. Reviews in newspapers usually didn’t give it all away. Well, except for the review in the Arizona Republic for The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. The writer stated in his review how fun it was to find out that Darth Vader was Luke’s father! Yes, I read it BEFORE I saw the movie. As Vader announced “I am your father” to Luke, the audience gasped, except those of us who read the paper that morning.
Spoilers: you know your own temptation levels. You’re lucky if you do love spoilers. You have lots of options. Just like donuts.