Avengers: Endgame

If there are two things that nobody can shut up about right now, they are Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame.

In most ways, these two have nothing in common. One is a MOVIE assembling Earth’s mightiest heroes in a last ditch attempt to unfuck the universe. The other is a sprawling TV series with medieval/fantasy-centric political machinations, epic battles, and the troubles with power. What these two properties do share, however, is that they are MASSIVE cultural phenomenons. Avengers Endgame is nearing becoming the most popular movie of all time and GoT is most popular cable TV series, if not the most talked about. Spoiler Culture for both of these respective properties has been an interesting and, frankly, weird thing.

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Time travel has always been one of the pillars of the science fiction genre. Over the years, it’s only become more and more popular. Between Doctor Who, Outlander, Timeless, The Edge of Tomorrow, and more, pop culture has been full of varying styles. The world is now full of people slipping, falling, and adventuring through time. The most recent addition to the group is Avengers: Endgame, the superhero film to jump into tons of other films.

To keep people coming, time travel has quite a few common themes and rules across the genre. They may all be very different, but these similarities tie them together to create a sort of unspoken lore behind time travel that deviates depending on the material. However, they generally follow similar threads.

Endgame, though, has its own deviated version of time travel. Using a couple of the biggest, most common time travel principles, let’s see how it measures up.

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If you haven’t noticed, Avengers: Endgame came out last week. If anyone who’s stepped on the internet regularly didn’t notice, it’d be wild. It’s all people talk about. However, nobody is actually talking about it, at the same time. Why?

Spoilers.

Ever since Endgame was released, people have been tight-lipped about the entire thing. This is a far cry from The Force Awakens premiere in 2015, where internet trolls gleefully were dropping plot points in completely unrelated posts (looking at you, guy who said Han Solo died in my Doctor Who thread).

While this is a welcome change from ruining others’ fresh experiences, the current “Anti-Spoilers Culture” is almost too excessive.

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PSA: This Avengers post is free of Avengers: Endgame spoilers. I may be opinionated, but I’m not a barbarian.

The second a new Avengers trailer drops, the conspiracy machines start churning out new, wild ideas on how everything is going to connect and change. Superhero fans become abuzz with ideas, hype, and internet craze-ing. And now, that Avengers: Endgame has its country-wide release? The internet doesn’t know how to talk about anything else.

Me, though? I just wonder how this will affect the solo movies and wait for the storm to be over.

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Note: Mild spoilers to follow. 

It seems like an eternity ago, but just a year ago, moviegoers around the globe emerged from multiplexes stunned, shocked, and otherwise shook by Avengers: Infinity War. Ten years and 20, interconnected, universe-expanding movies didn’t prepare them for the utter and complete defeat of the Avengers and Thanos’ overwhelming victory. In a snap felt around the universe, Thanos extinguished half of all life sentient life, including many (actually, most) of the superheroes who’ve made their home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) over the previous decade. Even knowing that Avengers: Infinity War was just part one of a two-part, superhero epic did little to give moviegoers a sense of hope, however small, that the MCU would be restored to balance – not Thanos’ idea of genocidal balance – but where might and right stood together on one side of the wish-fulfillment equation against cosmic forces of evil and where individual and collective heroism, super or otherwise, clearly and simply mattered. (more…)

10 days and counting until Avengers: Endgame is upon us. Fans across the globe await with bated breath. Who will live? Who will die? Nothing is certain and everyone wants answers. Some will even cheat to get them. Endgame leaks are already out there, and with leaks come the inevitable spoilers. Some will be accurate, some won’t. But they’ll all serve to ruin the experience of witnessing the story as the creators meant for you to witness it. For some that won’t matter. Some trolls are just out to ruin everyone else’s good time. Will you cave-in and find a leaked copy to watch? Will you stay true to the experience and dodge every spoiler alert? Can you avoid every troll spewing spoilers?

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Fans have been waiting with bated breath for the first trailer for the 4th Avengers movie. Some expected it to drop on Black Friday and were disappointed when there was no sign of the trailer. Now that the trailer is here, people can’t stop talking about it. The trailer brings back people fans missed out on in the last movie in surprising ways and reveals what fans are calling the biggest loss from Infinity War. What could make fans sadder than losing Spider-Man? NerdBastards breaks down the trailer and gives fans not privy to comic book history some clues as to what’s going on the trailer for Avengers: Endgame.

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