Why James Gunn Doesn’t Get Angry Over Spoilers

James GunnWhenever a hotly-anticipated blockbuster comes out, fans on the internet become weary of potential details that may spoil the movie for them. Because of this, fans can become paranoid when trying to deflect from spoilers and whenever any major detail is revealed to them, they feel as if the movie-going experience is ruined for them. And with Marvel and James Gunn ready to release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to the United States this weekend – this occasion is no exception.

The element of surprise is one of the more exciting aspects of big-event films. There is something really enthralling about sitting in a packed theater on opening night when an aptly-timed surprise occurs onscreen.

Given the age of social media, surprises aren’t as prominent within the world of entertainment as it used to. Perhaps that is why some fans try to avoid as many details as possible.

But is going into a movie with an advance knowledge of what may occur in the story really ruining the film itself? If you were to ask James Gunn, he’d say that spoilers aren’t worth the amount of anger seen online.

In a recent post on his Facebook page, James Gunn shared an article from author Jonah Leherer of Wired. He went on to discuss why he feels that although he’d prefer audiences not to be spoiled going into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he explains why fans shouldn’t allow these details to ruin their enjoyment of the film itself. You can read the post here:


For a couple of years now the Marvel team and I have been careful not to let out any secrets contained within Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We have held back drastically on our promotional materials, using almost all plot elements from the first twenty minutes of the film – which sometimes felt like hopping on one leg in a marathon – so that you, the fans, know as little about the surprises we have in store for you before going in. And now, here we are, a week before opening in the US and many other countries, and a handful of folks online who have already seen the movie are enjoying “spoiling” these plot elements for others by posting on message boards or Twitter or even writing entire online articles about these spoilers.

In fact, there are so many people spoiling things that, if you haven’t seen the movie and choose not to know what happens beforehand, I would suggest you don’t read the comments below this post, nor the comments on any of my posts, before you see the film in a theater. I do delete and permanently block people who spoil, but, at this point, I can’t catch them all.

I don’t get very angry over this stuff for a few reasons. 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.

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.

So, if you’ve accidentally heard about a surprise in Vol. 2, worry not – 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.

But, since spoilers don’t really spoil, going forward let’s call them something more accurate. I’m going to go with “pre-known plot points” until someone posts a better term below.

Just don’t read the options if you haven’t seen the movie.


Love you all. Have a great day.

James Gunn’s approach to the issue of spoilers is fascinating. Sure, it’s great to go into a film knowing as little as possible to allow the surprises, well… surprise us. But we also go to the movies to appreciate the craftsmanship that filmmakers showcase on the big screen.

Written and directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.

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Noah Villaverde

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