Despite the legendary lengths Marvel goes to preserve the secrecy surrounding its production, there's little the studio can do about leaks once a film arrives in theaters. For an example, we need look no further than Ant-Man and The Wasp, whose mid-credits scene has surfaced online ahead of the sequel's release tonight in U.S. theaters.
The film's global rollout began Wednesday in nearly a dozen international markets, and today added about 20 more, including Australia and New Zealand. Presumably, the leak originated with an audience member who surreptitiously recorded the scene during one of those early screenings. We won't link to the pirated sequence, but you can undoubtedly find it with a simple Google search.
Of course, such leaks are fairly common when studios stagger the release dates of major films. Marvel Studios skirted that problem with Avengers: Infinity War with the surprise decision in March to shift its global release from May 4 to April 27. The highly anticipated blockbuster was originally scheduled to begin its rollout on April 25 in about a dozen countries, including Australia, Finland, France and Indonesia, before spreading out across the globe.
Obviously, Ant-Man and The Wasp isn't of the same magnitude of Infinity War -- it's an action-comedy set before the events of that blockbuster -- but, in keeping with Marvel Studios custom, one of its post-credits scenes ties into the larger events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With interest so keen in the ramifications of Infinity War, the resolution in Avengers 4 and the introduction of Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, a leak was probably to be expected.
Opening Friday nationwide, director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park and Walton Goggins.