After 20 films, 42 hours and billions of dollars, the first act of the MCU has been brought to an epic close with the release of “Avengers: Endgame”. The culmination of Earth’s mightiest heroes tumultuous tussle with the mad titan Thanos, Endgame has broken box office records around the world and had Marvel’s rabid fanbase purring with near unanimous approval. Millions have queued outside cinemas around the world, all to show their support and affection for the most epic saga in modern film. Wherever you’re watching, everyone knows that this experience is not something to be taken lightly.
Because the stakes are so high, legions of loyal fans are at their most combustible. Though the film has been out for over a week, any attempt to ruin it for people who haven’t yet made it to the multiplex is likely to be met with scorn. Spoilers are frowned upon at the best of times, but when you’re dealing with something this significant, the stakes are even higher. It should hardly come as a shock, therefore, to learn that some people have allowed their irritation over learning certain plot points to spill over into something much more ugly.
Few stories sum up this state of affairs more effectively than this tale from a Texas Dominos Pizza franchise. According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, 33-year-old employee Justin Gregory Surface was issued a citation Sunday evening by Friendswood police after allegedly assaulting a co-worker. The incident occurred, as stated in a post on that town’s Facebook page, “after another employee revealed a spoiler about the movie, ‘End Game.’”
Obviously, assault in any situation is a serious issue. Nonetheless, we must ask ourselves whether we as a society are guilty of overhyping a three-hour film about magic men and women when our fast food employees are resorting to physical attacks on each other just to avoid finding out who kills who. Speaking to ABC in the aftermath of the incident, one Friendswood Dominos customer described the situation as "hilarious," before adding that resorting to violence "just seems kinda insane to me." Maybe we could all do with taking such a detached view of the situation.
Fortunately for the offending party, there seems to be no video or photographic evidence linking him to the crime. When asked for comment by reporters, both the employees and franchise refused to shed any more light, suggesting that this may be a flash in the pan. However, incidents such as this serve to remind us that, at the end of the day, it’s just a movie. No one deserves a punch in the face for saying that Thanos dies.