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Trailers and Spoilers

The first trailer for Spider-Man Far From Home dropped last week. I used to pretty hyped for superhero movie trailers, but I haven’t bother watching this one yet. MCU still has two more movies coming out before this one, and I’m already hyped enough for those, I don’t think I have hype to spare for a third one.

My brother was complaining to me about the trailer, saying he was spoiled about some elements. Specifically, he wasn’t aware that [actor] was in the movie playing [villain]. I keep up with comic book news, so that wasn’t news for me, but I can see how disappointing it might be. Also, this seems to be typical - I check the first trailer for Spider-Man Homecoming and it did show Michael Keaton’s Vulture. It’s hard to avoid the villain info, few people consider it a spoiler, it’s usually right there in the IMDB page.

I do think that trailers these days show too much though. During the past few years, I’ve been avoiding watching any trailer beyond the first one that comes out. Although given that I follow comic book news, it’s hard to avoid spoilers from succeeding trailer. Starting with the new Spider-Man I’m considering not watching any trailers at all (at least until I’m forced to watch one before an actual movie).

It might also be a problem with these comic book movies that they come from an established IP - so someone familiar with the source material like me basically already has an idea of what stuff might happen. The title alone of Avengers Infinity War gave me an idea of what happens in the movie after all.

I think the perfect trailer for a completely new franchise gives you a taste of what’s to come without giving you details of the major conflict and so on. The Captain Marvel and Shazam trailers have been pretty good in this regard.

For a sequel, the perfect trailer for me would be the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame, which basically acted as a “story so far”, giving no new info that we didn’t know from Infinity War. Other than the actual movie’s title at least, which I had been anticipating for a long time.

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