The trickle of spoilers for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" that began with the first wave of reviews erupted into a steady stream with the release of the sequel over the weekend in 37 international markets, to the consternation of many fans. As frustrating as those may be, writer/director James Gunn doesn't sweat them -- and he doesn't think you should either.
"I don't get very angry over this stuff for a few reasons," he wrote on Facebook. "Firstly, there are bigger things in the world today to get angry about than some poor sap who has the need to spoil movies online. Secondly, I'm grateful not to be that poor sap clambering for attention from the solitude of keyboard and screen by spoiling, which cannot be a particularly fulfilling venture for anyone."
For the third point, Gunn points to scientific research, continuing, "And, finally, there are studies that show spoilers don't really spoil anything. In a good story, our brains feel just as much pleasure whether or not we know the plot point ahead of time -- and a new sort of pleasure emerges when we're piecing together the story we know is leading to some already-known element."
Conceding that spoilers are difficult to avoid -- he deletes any that he finds on his own Facebook posts but can't spot them all -- the filmmaker said fans shouldn't be too worried if they stumble across a plot detail from the Marvel Studios sequel. "You will still be able to heartily enjoy the film. Not only because spoilers don't matter, but because we've created a movie where the story, humor, visuals, music, and emotion don't rely on surprises even if they did, and that you'll have a blast whether or not you know a spoiler or two before going in."
Although "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" doesn't open in North America until Friday (Thursday night in previews), it has already grossed $101.2 million in the international box office, well ahead of the $67.4 million overseas opening in 2014 for the first film. The sequel is on track to earn $150 million in its domestic debut, although some estimates suggest it can reach the heights of "Captain America: Civil War," which raked in $179 million last year in its first weekend.
Picking up just months after the events of Marvel Studios’ 2014 hit, the sequel follows the Guardians of the Galaxy as they travel throughout the cosmos and struggle to keep their newfound family together, all while helping Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego.