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While fan response has been positive to Marvel‘s decision to “roll with it” when Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, that was scheduled to premiere during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was leaked online almost a week early, word around the Internet Water Cooler is that Marvel wants to continue to “roll with it.” Roll right over the person responsible for leaking the trailer and throwing a monkey wrench in Marvel’s cross promotion event with a ten ton Marvel steam roller. Marvel recently filed papers in a California Federal Court in an attempt to issue a subpoena on Google for information about the leaker.

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The California Federal Court Judge has ruled in favor of Marvel’s request for additional information to investigate the person or persons who leaked the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer in October. The judge did refuse to grant Marvel access to Google property, but does require Google to bring all identifying information on user “John Gazelle” to the court on November 18th. Perhaps we’ll get more information then.

Why is Marvel pursuing this leak so hard? Most likely because they fear that an insider working either within Marvel, Disney, or one of the contracted companies that had access to the leaked file might leak future projects. It also sends a strong message to those that might be considering this kind of leak to think again and consider the consequences.

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In the documents filed below Marvel claims that a person using the name “John Gazelle” posted the film on a Google Drive account. Back on October 22nd, Disney’s lawyers sent a take-down notice to Google siting the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, demanding that Google take down the file. Marvel isn’t leaving it there though. Now Marvel has filed papers to learn the IP address linked with “John Gazelle’s” YouTube and Google+ accounts.

This isn’t just about the trailer, word is that the file included the trailer, that clip featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans chopping wood, and possibly more Avengers: Age of Ultron footage.

Why is Marvel on the hunt for those responsible for the leak? Many fans have speculated that the leak was intentional, although I personally find that hard to believe. AOS would have gotten an incredible ratings boost and had the opportunity to recapture fans that weren’t impressed with the first season. The second season has really gotten a hell of a lot better since Captain America: The Winter Soldier blew up S.H.I.E.L.D.

Consider what happened to Expendables 3 earlier this year. The entire movie leaked online and the film, while it wasn’t expected to burn up the box office, bombed spectacularly. it’s $90 million budget was recapped, but domestically the film only brought in a disappointing $39 million.

If that Marvel file had more than just the trailer and some clip scenes then more leaks could hurt Marvel’s efforts to capitalize on the film. We know it will still make huge box office, but Marvel’s parent company isn’t the type to let anyone mess with their properties.

If the persons responsible for the trailer leak had access to the Avengers: Age of Ultron file, then perhaps their position or proximity might lead to future Marvel movie files. That could result in more damaging leaks. Marvel needs to plug this quick.

Matthew Slatoff, the Executive Director of Golbal Security and Content Protection for Marvel Studios filed the papers below:

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Via: THR

Category: Comics, Film

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