If you’ve never watched Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, you might want to stay away from Netflix’s trailer for this film as it pretty much spoils it. Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy came to an end in 2013 with the sci-fi comedy The World’s End, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike.
The film follows a group of friends who reunite to complete a pub crawl that involves the 12 pubs of their hometown, Newton Haven. However, an alien invasion gets in the way and makes the crawl a bit more complicated. The film can be found on Netflix in some countries, but for those who have never watched the film, it might be best to try avoiding Netflix's autoplay trailer for The World's End as it spoils a key moment of the film.
Edgar Wright called out Netflix for spoiling The World’s End with the trailer on Twitter. It all began after screenwriter BenDavid Grabinski tweeted that the trailer for The Perfection on Netflix spoils some parts of the film, just like they did with Velvet Buzzsaw. Wright jumped in to note that the streaming platform did the same with The World’s End, adding that this would ruin the experience for anyone watching it for the first time and asking Netflix to change it for a “less spoilery” version.
@Netflix also shows the key twist to ‘The World’s End’ as the automatic trailer on the page. So tough shit if you wanted to go in blind.— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 25, 2019
But they would definitely ruin the first time for anyone watching it...— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 25, 2019
Hey @NetflixFilm, change the autotrailer for something less spoilery!— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 25, 2019
The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, also known simply as the Cornetto Trilogy, consists of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World’s End. The connecting element – aside from the director and the lead actors, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – is a Cornetto ice cream, with each film featuring a different flavor (strawberry for Shaun of the Dead, the original blue one for Hot Fuzz, and mint chocolate chip for The World’s End).
The World’s End is the only sci-fi film of the trilogy, with the previous ones being a horror comedy and a buddy cop comedy, and it includes more plot twists and revelations that the rest. It’s also more emotionally charged, so it’s completely understandable that Wright is not OK with Netflix revealing some key parts of the story in their trailer.
A new rule of thumb should be to not watch the trailers that Netflix offers since this it not the first time they've spoiled a film. Of course, this can be difficult as Netflix will often autoplay trailers on certain platforms which offer their service. Whether it’s a new release or a film that has been out for years, they should keep in mind that not everyone has watched them, and spoiling them with their trailers can ruin the experience and possibly make viewers walk away from them rather than pique their curiosity.
Source: Edgar Wright.