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Spoilers Ahead!
Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by

Is the show really spoiled if you know about the events?

One thing that kind of bugs me is when people freak out about spoilers. Would I like to be completely surprised? Sure. Everyone does. But does having a scene or two spoiled mean the show is ruined? Of course not.

Unless you get a blow by blow description of the show, you only know the results, you don’t know how it happened, how the events led to that point.

The Walking Dead, it’s impossible to avoid spoilers. Everywhere I go I see them. Social Media, like Facebook, makes it damn near impossible to not having things spoiled to some degree. I don’t watch the show until the Monday after. But I know what happens by 10:30 that night. Come onto Facebook? Spoiled. All the sites I visit? Spoiled.

Could I avoid all those places? Sure. But why should I? Why should I stop those that watched it from discussing it? There’s talk of how long to avoid mentioning it for fear of spoiling it. Why should there be a time limit? If the show airs at 9:00 at night, then at 10:01 people can start talking about it.

Because let’s face it, it’s only spoiled if you let it. For last night’s Walking Dead, (which I just finished watching an hour ago), I knew that Shane died, I knew that Randall died, I knew they came back as Walkers and I knew that Lori said something to Shane that pushed him over the edge. I knew all that going in. But guess what? The show wasn’t spoiled. There is so much going on that wasn’t spoiled. The show was still good, there were still surprises. I may not have been shocked but I was still surprised at how those events happening.

It’s still possible to enjoy a show if it’s been spoiled.

But there are times that I get annoyed when something is spoiled, and that really is when the company does the spoiling.

Marvel has a habit of putting out teasers or cover previews that show major events. And that annoys me.

There’s a big difference in having something spoiled after the media is out (tv show was on, movie premieres, comic is published) and having it spoiled months ahead. Both times the material is still enjoyable, still like watching/rading it. But the difference is that alot of the thrill is gone. When you know something is going to happen months in advance, there’s a lack of excitement, you know it’s happening so you wait for it to happen. If it’s a day later? Well, honestly, it’s your fault that you missed it.

I don’t think people should be penalized, in a way, for watching/reading at the time it comes out.

But being spoiled before it’s out? That can and should be avoided.

Marvel really knocked the wind out of a couple of storylines. Back during Fear Itself, there was a cover reveal that showed Cap’s shield being broken. So when it happened in the story? No impact (and I read that issue the day it came out). We started seeing teasers for Tanarus before the end of Fear Itself, so we knew something would take Thor out of the book for awhile.

And they’re doing it again. Cover reveals for Avengers vs X-Men have shown that Ms. Marvel and the Protector go against the Avengers. We’ve seen that Iron Fist and Luke Cage get into a fight and that the Fist protects Hope. And we’ve seen that Captain Marvel returns.

So now that major announcement of a new book for Mar-Vell isn’t going to have the same excitement. It’s now just a waiting game. People know it’s coming, with the teaser yesterday confirming it, so it’s just a matter of waiting to hear who’s involved (my bet is that it will be part of the new Infinite Comics).

It’s disappointing, because the potential for some shock and real excitement is now lost.

But Marvel does do well with teasers now and then. The one awhile back showing the old Scarlet Spider outfit burning? That was perfect because it just hinted at Scarlet’s return but gave no indication of how/why/who. That left the storyline wide open.

Why can’t they get it right every time? Teasers are great for building interest but the wrong image can ruin the excitement.

Nothing should be spoiled before it comes out, but after it comes out? Spoil away.

One Response
    • Social media does make it hard not to find out about something when you are still waiting to watch. My brother pointed out that the landmark hockey game between American and Russia is still one of the all time highest rated sporting events. It was also transmitted on delay. Most people that wanted to know how it ended did before watching yet they watched anyway.

      The internet does make instant gratification easier and may have corrupted us and our expectations. 

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