Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame passed Titanic at the box office this past weekend and it’s already taken in over $2.2 BILLION globally. Endgame is WELL on its way to pass Avatar ($2.8 billion) as the top-grossing movie of all time.
This film’s smashing box office records because Marvel’s been setting us all up for years by luring us into their 20+ film series with interweaving plot lines all leading up to Avengers: Endgame. Fans watched countless hours of films leading up to Endgame and this is the payoff they’ve all been waiting for.
Now, if you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet then you’ll want to leave now. There is no way to avoid the spoilers below. This is a guy’s story about getting revenge on an Internet troll who picked him out of a crowd to spoil Avengers: Infinity War for him.
The two finals Avengers films came out almost exactly a year apart (April 27th and 26th) so this guy REALLY had time to plot his revenge and it worked out brilliantly. He shared his story on Reddit’s ProRevenge where some people assessed that this definitely had some sociopathic elements in the execution given how long it took to set up and how much work went into forging the relationship:
So about a year ago, I made a post on Instagram about how excited I was to see Infinity War, and I foolishly used the hashtag “Thanosdemandsyoursilence” As you may know, you can look up hashtags on Instagram and browse through posts using that hashtag. After I made the post, a random guy (who I assume was browsing the hashtag to find people who used it) randomly targeted me and commented on my post a full list of everyone who died. I hadn’t seen the movie by then, and I did get it spoiled. Now by that time, Endgame was confirmed, (just not the name) and it was then that my master plan was born. I messaged the guy and told him that I had already seen the movie, but that was a good prank. It was then that we became “friends,” So for about 7 months, me and him messaged each other, texted memes, talked about movies, and stuff like that. (Keep in mind the friendship was fake, I was just trying to get his trust and make him comfortable with me.) Skip forward to about last week. I bought my Endgame tickets and I was going on opening night. I asked him if he was going opening night and he said no, which was great news. He said he was going next week (this week.) (h/t AV Club)
He’s got him right where he wants him. Now’s the time to really go in for the kill shot and that’s exactly what happened. Also, this is your final chance to avoid the spoilers because he mentions which ones he uses next:
So I saw Endgame, and while I was in the theater, I took PLENTY of pictures. I took pictures of Thanos death #1, Captain Marvel, Ronin, Black Widow’s death, Smart Hulk, Fat Thor, 2 Captain America’s, 2 Nebulas, Stan Lee’s cameo, all the snapped coming back, Iron Man’s death, and several other plot points. When I got out, I almost thought of not doing it. I don’t like to spoil movies, I think it’s lame, but I reassured myself that this guy deserves it. So I texted him that I saw it, he asked how it was and I told him it was great, he told me not to spoil it, and I said “Oh, like how you spoiled Infinity War.” “Then he switched moods, he was all like “Hey man, that was a long time ago, we’re friends now,” Stuff like that. Then, in one glorious action, I sent all the pictures as fast as I could, messaging plot points along with the pictures. It was all over in like 30 seconds, but he definitely saw it all. He cursed me out, saying I was a horrible person and stuff. Then he said “Why would you do that, we’re such good friends?” And I texted back, “we’re not friends, a year ago you picked me out of a crowd of thousands and ruined a movie that I had been wanting to see for months, since then I’ve been lying to you, deceiving you and gaining your trust all for this moment. You are not my friend, just a person who got what they deserve.” Then, he cursed me out some more, and I haven’t talked to him since.
TL,DR: A year ago a guy spoiled Infinity War for me, so I befriended him, lied to him, and gained his trust for a full year, then I spoiled Endgame for him
This is truly a ruthless level of revenge. He lured in the troll under the guise of friendship only to destroy the movie this person has been looking forward to for years. This isn’t just ruining a film he’s been waiting on for a year, Marvel fans have been waiting for the culmination of the MCU since the first Iron Man in 2008.
I personally think that spoiling movies is one of the shittiest things you can do but in this instance, it’s completely justified. I also think we need an industry-wide accepted timeframe for spoilers. At what point do we start referencing an episode of TV like the Game of Thrones ‘Battle of Winterfell’? Is it the same amount of time for movies Avengers: Endgame? We need a formula that everyone uses so there’s an accepted standard in the future.