Tread Carefully, Because The First Avengers: Endgame Footage Has Leaked
We have to admit, we kind of thought that it wouldn't come to this.
Perhaps it was foolish or naive of us to think that the final Avengers film - the product of billions of dollars of filmmaking and potentially the most valuable film in the world right now - would have enough security around it to avoid a leak; but one particularly crafty member of the public, hell-bent on getting their moment of internet glory at the risk of potentially millions of dollars in lawsuits, has managed to get the first footage of the film up on the internet for the spoiler-hungry amongst us to enjoy.
According to all reports (no we haven't watched it, nor do we have any intention of going looking for it), the footage is patchy at best. A five-minute highlight reel of footage recorded in mobile phone quality, it doesn't look as if it's going going to spoil swathes of the film for anyone, but it does show pretty pivotal footage of key moments in the film's plot.
Consequently, it's valuable enough that the film's directors, the Russo brothers, have posted a lengthy plea on twitter for those who have seen it not to spoil it for everyone else, should they be the kind of scum that would actually want to do so.
"The two of us, along with everyone involved in Endgame, have worked tirelessly for the last three years with the sole intention of delivering a surprising and emotionally powerful conclusion to the Infinity Saga," they wrote. "When you see Endgame in the coming weeks, please don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you."
The Russo's didn't directly mention the leak in their statement, but the timing would make it seem like this is a pretty clear response to footage that's started circulating around.
Suffice it to say that security around making sure Endgame isn't spoiled for the millions of Marvel fans worldwide has been unprecedented. Tom 'literally Spider-Man' Holland, who himself is actually an Avenger, didn't even get to see a full script. Considering his previous track record of nearly spoiling Infinity War during press junkets however, that's probably for the best.
The leaked footage is currently circulating around Twitter and Reddit.