The social media blackout is now over. You can look at YouTube comments without fear. It is once again safe to search through Google. You saw one of the first showings of Avengers: Endgame and no longer have to worry about anyone spoiling anything for you. But now comes the hard part: what are you allowed to talk about?
Endgame will end up breaking all kinds of box office records. Based on the fervor before the movie, it seemed like everyone was going to be seeing it opening weekend. This is not the case as even people who could not wait to see it have still not been able to do so. Here is a quick guide if you are unsure of what you can and cannot say.
Choose your words wisely
This one goes without saying. Obviously, there are some words that should be avoided. But this goes beyond life and death. Some people are pretty lenient with what they are willing to know. Other people do not even want to hear what others think of Endgame. Before I saw it, I avoided any reviews about the last entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When talking about the movie, it is best to remain noncommittal. A simple thumbs up or thumbs down or at most a bland “I enjoyed it” will work just fine. If the response you get back is, “Well, that doesn’t tell me anything” you’ve have answered perfectly.
Be aware of your surroundings
More often than not, you will be very familiar with the person you are talking with. You will know how far you can get into the movie and what information they are fine with hearing about. What you will not know is who can hear your conversation. The MCU is a cultural phenomenon and even those who were not in a rush to see the movie are still interested in it. They may even want to hear what people thought about it. But this does not mean they want to know exactly what happened. Just because someone did not rush out to see Endgame does not mean they should have the experience ruined for them.
This one may be a little tough since people will be aggressively asking for these. “You don’t have to tell me about Captain America or Iron Man, but what happens to the guy with the wings? Were any of your predictions correct? Will I be surprised?”
The questions may seem innocent so the answers may appear harmless. But even a short answer can be too much. The stakes are very high in Endgame so discussing the future of any character takes away much of the fun. Maybe you do not explain which of your theories turned out to be true, but how many could you have discussed? This will provide definite answers that did not exist before. Ignorance is bliss and in these cases, the best answer is none at all.
Cold as ice
How hard was this after seeing Infinity War? It was almost impossible to not talk about the grief you felt. You were and the rest of the theater were weeping and you could not wait to tell everyone. Endgame is the culmination of a decade long almost two dozen film storyline. That alone is enough to stir up emotions.
And that is where you leave it. You do not need to be a fan of the franchise to know this is the end of an era. But discussing how you felt, what happened in the theater, and what emotions you did or did not feel takes away some of the movie’s magic. What made Infinity War so powerful was the emotional gut punch the first time you saw it. Imagine if someone took that away from you. It does not change the quality of the movie, but it certainly lessens the impact.
For those who saw Avengers: Endgame opening weekend, it will be hard not to talk about it. Whatever your opinion on the movie, there will be no shortage of people to talk about it with. When you do, make sure you are doing everything you can to not spoil the fun for anyone else. Even if you do not want to listen to Thanos, common courtesy demands your silence.