Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer-director James Gunn is asking fans not to get upset if they read spoilers about the film online. Thanks to Gunn's irreverent storytelling sensibilities, Guardians of the Galaxy became a major blockbuster for Disney and Marvel Studios in 2014, earning more than $773 million at the box office worldwide. Introducing a decidedly brand of superheroes – make that antiheroes – fans instantly fell in love with the cosmic outlaws, creating a burning anticipation for a Guardians sequel.
Now, with the U.S. release of Vol. 2 just days away, fans in foreign territories who have already seen the film (where it opened to over $100 million) are flooding the internet with a smattering of plot spoilers. And as moviegoers in the U.S. agonizingly watch the seconds tick away to the evening of May 4, Gunn has posted a message on his Facebook page about spoilers – a post that is so self-aware that he suggested fans not read any of the comments about it to avoid spoilers about the film.
Taking a not-so-subtle shot at people who spoil "plot elements for others by posting on message boards or Twitter or even writing entire online articles about these spoilers," Gunn also tries to put the problem into perspective. Gunn writes:
"I don't get very angry over this stuff for a few reasons. Firstly, there are bigger things in the world today to get angry about than some poor sap who has the need to spoil movies online. Secondly, I'm grateful not to BE that poor sap clambering for attention from the solitude of keyboard and screen by spoiling, which cannot be a particularly fulfilling venture for anyone."
Gunn also shows confidence in Vol. 2 by saying spoilers about the movie won't take away from the impact of it when fans see it. He says:
"There are studies that show spoilers don't really spoil anything. In a good story, our brains feel just as much pleasure whether or not we know the plot point ahead of time - and a new sort of pleasure emerges when we're piecing together the story we know is leading to some already-known element."
Soothing the pain of the fans who've accidentally been exposed to some of the surprises in Vol. 2 Gunn assures that they "will still be able to heartily enjoy the film." He adds:
"Not only because spoilers don't matter, but because we've created a movie where the story, humor, visuals, music, and emotion don't rely on surprises even if they did, and that you'll have a blast whether or not you know a spoiler or two before going in."
There's no doubt that Gunn's lighter approach to the irritating spoiler issue is unique, given the years he's toiled on the project and is plotting out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as we speak. In some ways, he may be working a bit of reverse psychology on those who revel in their attempts to ruin the party for everybody else, going so far to take the power away by changing the reference of the word "spoiler." He says:
"Since spoilers don't really spoil, going forward let's call them something more accurate. I'm going to go with 'pre-known plot points' until someone posts a better term below."
The problem is, fans who want to read the better suggestions to replace "pre-known plot points" won't be able to since Gunn warned people not to read the comments on his post to avoid Vol. 2 spoilers.
Source: James Gunn
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017