Marvel Media (This is the spoiler thread, Q-Stone - You're welcome)

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Sweet price, and maybe even cheaper as a Hulu addon. I'm so in.

I'll treat it as I do every other streaming service I pay for: Wait for what I want to be out, pay for a month or two, and cancel until something else interesting comes along.

Perfectly priced. I'm in at launch. Hopefully the new content comes relatively soon.

I hope the Hulu addon is an option without also needing to get ESPN.

Finally saw Captain Marvel tonight! Thank goodness for visiting parents to babysit.

80+ unread posts to catch up on here.

Loved Goose. Loved the music. Love Carol. Great stuff.

Ready for Endgame!

Well, it was bound to happen. Some jackass leaked the entirety of Avengers Endgame onto the internet. An early presumably internal showing was surreptitiously captured with a cell phone or something.

So for the next ten days, I'm going to be VERY careful where I venture. Of course as many will recall, the "Snape kills Dumbledore" jagoffs were impossible to avoid way back when that happened, so who knows.

That’s not good.

I’ll be seeing it on the 24th, but I won’t be posting a word until others have had a chance to catch up. Not that complicated really.

And that's my cue to stop checking in on this thread. Enjoy Endgame everyone! I'll see y'all when I (eventually...) get to see it!

I’m not going to have an opportunity to see it until the 3rd of May looks like I’m checking out of social media now.

BadKen wrote:

Of course as many will recall, the "Snape kills Dumbledore" jagoffs were impossible to avoid way back when that happened, so who knows.

Wait, WHAT?!?!?!

Spoiler:

Of course I’m joking.

LOL!

Audi “The Debriefing” - Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame

Just One Question: 'Avengers: Endgame' Edition

Finally saw Infinity War. I didn’t think it was great as a movie but pretty fantastic as a pure set-up. Have pretty much preferred most of the other movies over the last 5 years. Still really looking forward to Endgame.

Now to catch-up with Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel.

As Endgame is coming out soon, friendly reminder that this is the spoiler thread. No one is expected to spoiler tag anything. Read at your own risk.

There's a spoiler-free Marvel thread, if you prefer. No one seems to use it, but whatever. It exists.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

There's a spoiler-free Marvel thread, if you prefer. No one seems to use it, but whatever. It exists.

Wth.. Spoilers!

Pfft. Spoilerphobia is a marketing gimmick perpetuated by media companies to try to get you to panic consume media to stave off some kind of experience scarcity. Feeling like you can't live your daily life until you pay Disney to watch an Avengers movie is exactly the kind of angst they want you to experience. It's advertising horsesh*t all the way down.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Pfft. Spoilerphobia is a marketing gimmick perpetuated by media companies to try to get you to panic consume media to stave off some kind of experience scarcity. Feeling like you can't live your daily life until you pay Disney to watch an Avengers movie is exactly the kind of angst they want you to experience. It's advertising horsesh*t all the way down.

And these EU's are ways to get people to watch 2-5 film just to get ready to watch another one. Or watch entire TV series in order to be ready for a new one.

And Valentine's Day was invented by Detroit to sell two-seater cars.

I can't get opening night tickets and am thinking I may end up just waiting until the DVD is out to watch the end of Infinity War.

hbi2k wrote:

And Valentine's Day was invented by Detroit to sell two-seater cars.

Cute, but no.

Spoiler obsession is generally considered to have started up in the '60s with advertising around the film Psycho and has slowly gained traction since. Historically, there's not much evidence of people avoiding spoilers, and things like plays and novels were advertised using summaries that included the entire story from beginning to end.

That's not to say that withholding parts of stories hasn't been used to tease interest before (pulp novel back covers come to mind) but this idea that you can't interact in public because someone will ruin your first, most precious experience of a story is a fairly modern phenomenon and seems to be driven mostly by advertising.

I can’t find a good example now because I’m on a plane, but trailers used to be hilariously spoiler-filled.

DSGamer wrote:

I can’t find a good example now because I’m on a plane, but trailers used to be hilariously spoiler-filled.

Used to be?

ClockworkHouse wrote:
hbi2k wrote:

And Valentine's Day was invented by Detroit to sell two-seater cars.

Cute, but no.

Spoiler obsession is generally considered to have started up in the '60s with advertising around the film Psycho and has slowly gained traction since. Historically, there's not much evidence of people avoiding spoilers, and things like plays and novels were advertised using summaries that included the entire story from beginning to end.

That's not to say that withholding parts of stories hasn't been used to tease interest before (pulp novel back covers come to mind) but this idea that you can't interact in public because someone will ruin your first, most precious experience of a story is a fairly modern phenomenon and seems to be driven mostly by advertising.

Pedantic arguments were invented as a way to increase time spent online back when ISPs charged by the hour for Internet access.

And spoilers are a huge traffic driver for the modern web economy.

So we're screwed no matter what.

hbi2k wrote:

Pedantic arguments were invented as a way to increase time spent online back when ISPs charged by the hour for Internet access.

Why do I always forget you're a jerk?

ClockworkHouse wrote:
hbi2k wrote:

Pedantic arguments were invented as a way to increase time spent online back when ISPs charged by the hour for Internet access.

Why do I always forget you're a jerk?

I honestly don't know. I feel like I remind you all the time. (-:

You could even say that I should know how this ends.

I seem to remember some scientific study that concluded that despite the protestations of the spoiler-averse, spoilers had basically no effect on anyone's enjoyment of media. So there's that.

Here we go... I remembered it wrong. In a pair of studies, UC San Diego psychology professor Nicholas Christenfeld found that not only do spoilers not spoil media, they actually cause people to enjoy it more! The researchers' theory is that knowing the ending means that you can appreciate how the story develops in support of that ending, and the subtle cues that you would otherwise miss unless you watched or read the story a second time.

Other studies conclude that while spoilers do not affect enjoyment of short fiction, they may have a negative effect on enjoyment of television shows. But who cares? We all know TV rots your brain.

BadKen wrote:

I seem to remember some scientific study that concluded that despite the protestations of the spoiler-averse, spoilers had basically no effect on anyone's enjoyment of media. So there's that.

I can tell you that when reading one of the Song of Ice and Fire books, there was a scene that if I'd know what was coming, it would have been completely different for me. And I knew something wasn't going to be good...but what really happened I really didn't expect at that level.

Actually, that happened about 3 times in that series. And this was years and years before the TV series, so it wasn't really that possible for me to be spoiled in my circles, because I'm the only person I knew that read those books when they were released.

So whatever "science" says, I still want to protect my right to have those types of moments. If I enter this thread, I know what I'm risking, but that's my choice. However, if I'm outside of areas I know are risky, I'd prefer to keep my enjoyment the way I want it.

Human beings are self-aware creatures rooted in instinct and evolution. Marketing companies have gotten pretty good at finding ways to get us to spend money by tickling and teasing the right parts of our brains. They get the less-evolved parts of our brains to override the rational parts. Most of the time, I resent their manipulation and actively fight against it. Every now and then though, I willfully let them take me for a ride. WHEEEEEEEEE!