Post-credit scenes are a Marvel Studios staple, with audiences having been trained over the past decade to remain seated in order to get the full Marvel movie experience. The short vignettes aren't always integral to the movie's storylines, but when it comes to the Avengers flicks, there's almost always a major development or massive tease involved.
Avengers: Infinity War features the latter type of scene, and the sequence -- which sets up the next Avengers movie -- has already surfaced online, less than a day after the film's arrival in theaters.
The recording, which CBR will not link to, is as low quality as it gets, recorded in portrait mode from the vantage point of what appears to be someone's lap. Though the footage is small and grainy, the audio is clear, and the scene's big reveal is fully visible.
What's interesting about this leak is the complete lack of audience reaction to the footage. Even though it's one of the biggest moments of the film, the theater is completely silent, even after the title card comes on screen, indicating that it was filmed during some sort of private showing. While that's likely not enough for Disney to go on in order to figure out who made the recording, it does underscore the difficulty studios have in policing spoilers and leaks in the social media era.
In theaters now, Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others.