Whilst I understand the excitement surrounding promotional material before a film is released … I can’t support leaking any of the information. Or if you come across a leak, don’t share it. I guess it depends on the type of person you are and how anticipated the movie is: I personally, can’t think of anything worse than leaks, and most of my friends are the same. I remember when Avengers: Endgame came out, with all of the ‘don’t spoil the Endgame’ messages over social media, and for the most part, I don’t think I saw many leaks on the internet. I was lucky enough to go on the opening night, so the risk of being spoiled was really low, but even so, for a movie that is so anticipated, of course, you don’t want it leaked.
There’s a difference between leaks and promotions, which I think many people find hard to distinguish between. Promos only increase anticipation for the upcoming movie, and are intentionally released by the production team, to entice fans and build their excitement for the film. Leaks, however, do undermine the team’s hard work, in my opinion, and as opposed to heightening anticipation, I would argue that it festers disappointment. Sure, people will still go see the film, but you won’t have the shock factor that the team was working so hard to keep secret for your enjoyment. With Spider-Man: No Way Home fast approaching, I can only hope there aren’t any big leaks before the film is released. Sure, we all want to see clips of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield (because surely, they must be in it), but I don’t want to see this leaked on Twitter a week before the movie comes out. I want to gasp as Garfield’s Peter Parker saves Zendaya’s MJ as she falls off the scaffolding (surely this is what will happen) and realise why they kept it hidden from us in the promotions. Don’t spoil No Way Home!