With Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones kicking off the first half of 2019 with a bang, the movie and TV events of the year are already being swamped in a wave of spoilers. Whether Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark gets to carry on into Phase 4 of the Marel Cinematic Universe or whether there will be a Stark left in Winterfell have been a closely guarded secret, but some people have gone out of there way to spoil the surprise.
Now, Damon Kornhauser aims to chart where spoilers are coming from and how they spread in a new project. The Spoiled Again Project is asking anyone who had either Endgame or Game of Thrones spoiled to share their experiences.
On Twitter, Kornhauser explained how he wants to explore the "evil meme of spoilers" and how they spread across the globe. Likening the release of Endgame and Game of Thrones spoilers to a zombie outbreak, Kornhauser hopes to find out how spoilers spread across the Internet.
With #Avengers #Endgame & epic #GameofThrones the #SPOILEDAGAIN project will be tracking the evil #meme of #spoliers as the #Spoiler pandemic unfolds! If U/anyone U know gets #spoiled pls share this questionnaire! https://t.co/TpV52gpcWB #AvengersEndgame #GOT— Damon Kornhauser (@whereisnomad) April 27, 2019
Kornhauser wants to know basic information like what details were spoiled, where the spoilers were found, when was it spoiled and who actually did the spoiling to get a better idea of how spoilers spread.
With Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones both facing highly-anticipated climaxes this weekend, the online spoilers pandemic is arguably at an all-time high. While the Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo posted a heartfelt plea to fans, asking them not to spoil the movie, almost all of the movie's plot has already been spoiled across social media and other online venues.
While HBO has had considerably more luck protecting information about the last few episodes of Game of Thrones, there are still numerous supposed spoilers about who will survive the show's final battles and ultimately end up on the Iron Throne.
While going into information lockdown until you've watched Avengers: Endgame or Game of Thrones is still the best way to avoid spoilers, they remain a persistent nuisance in an always-online world.