Spoilers

By Mike Acebedo Lopez |April 27,2018 - 10:17 PM

Lopez

The much-awaited Infinity War is finally showing in cinemas and, as ever, some of those who’ve seen it ahead or those who’ve watched the movie via bootleg copies, are so callous and careless to post spoilers online (some even tell you to your face even when you’ve never asked for details).

Imagine, it has been a good twenty-six years since the Infinity War six-issue comic book series was released by Marvel Comics, and it’s also been like a decade since the first of the Marvel movies connected to this franchise was shown, so you can just imagine how genuine fans have been waiting for this only for things to culminate in what, a stupid spoiler?

How tragically anticlimactic.

I’m almost always chill and nothing riles me up, not even politics, like spoilers and the people who so insensitively share them.

Some of my friends have learned it the hard way. Sure, for movie adaptations of books and comic books, if you’ve read the original works, chances are is you know what to expect and you basically know how it’s going to end.

But since you’re never really sure how the studios are going to treat the film version, there’s enough room for surprises, for some creative license on the part of the screenwriters, directors, and actors who make the characters come to life — for better or for worse.

At any rate, it should be left to the viewer to decide if they enjoyed the film version after seeing the movie spoiler-free (unless, of course, if they’re the type to want spoilers).

In my book, those who post spoilers aren’t true fans.

No, they are not. And I will not mince words — they are pretentious fakers who make sure they get to see the movie first not because they genuinely love Marvel comics (or Star Wars or DC, etc, for that matter) but so they could brag about seeing it first and spoil it for the rest of humanity.

See, for them, it really isn’t about the movie or the story or the characters but it’s about them, it’s all about them and the perverse satisfaction they get by being first — perhaps having finished last all their miserable lives.

Does that sound like a fan to you? Certainly not.

A true fan would preserve the experience for you and would wait for you to get to see things for yourself so they can compare notes with you, you and your own unadulterated account of the complete cinematic experience.

I am all for delayed gratification so much so that I don’t even read critic reviews (lest I pick up context clues and spoil the entire thing for me; besides, why would I let others dictate on my preferences?).

So for me, nothing is more rude and uncivilized than someone who ruins the entire experience for you and others, and for what, just so they can brag about having seen it first? Good God, get a life.

To deprive people of that just for the sheer pleasure of being able to say you were first at something is immature and selfish at best. At worst, it is telling of someone’s upbringing and brings to light the quality of one’s childhood.

I don’t always have to see things first but when I do, I’d like to ensure that the experience is preserved for others so they can enjoy it the same way I did.

Of course the impact won’t ever be identical for each and every individual due to varying tastes, but at least the variables are the same.

I have been fighting a long-drawn-out battle against spoilers and the pathetic people who so carelessly and irresponsibly propagate them so I really don’t care if this column offends them.

I’ve been advocating against spoilers practically all my life, since I was a kid (even pre-internet), so yes, this is my own Infinity War.

At the end of the day, it’s all about manners and respect. Those with manners will consider other people’s preferences and respect that.

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