“Avengers: Endgame” is serious business. Fans of the superhero series are so intense about their Marvel love that even the hint of a spoiler can make them crazy. Twitter users have even been using the hashtag #DontSpoilTheEndgame in order to encourage movie viewers to be considerate when posting online about the movie or talking with friends in real life.
One Twitter user gently teased Avengers fans about what Stan Lee would do if any fans cheated and spoiled the ending:
— Jordyn Taylor (@Jordyn_Taylor16) April 30, 2019
But it turns out that spoilers can be a very good motivator, at least in the classroom. It’s being reported that several teachers are using Avengers spoilers as a good-natured threat to keep students in line.
A user on Reddit shared a picture of a chemistry teacher “slowly writing endgame spoilers on the board every time we talked.” The terrified teens would instantly quiet down when they realized their teacher might ruin the superhero movie of the year for them.
Over at Insider, journalist Jacob Shamsian shares that his wife recently used the same tactic in her classroom with great success. Rebecca Shamsian, who teaches English in New York City, revealed that she used the threat of “Endgame” spoilers to keep one of her students from distracting other pupils during class.
“I told him that if he didn’t stop distracting people right now, I would tell him an ‘Endgame’ spoiler,” Shamsian told Insider. “I could see his eyes widen, and immediately he closed his mouth and turned towards the assignment. Needless to say, the rest of the period was perfectly on task.”
What a clever way to keep students from losing focus during class! Maybe the threat of superhero spoilers needs to become a regular part of the curriculum.
Meanwhile, there have been reports that some students have actually received detention as a result of spoiling the movie for other classmates. A teacher shared this behavioral report he gave to a student after he deliberately gave away plot points to classmates who had yet to see the film.
— Sam (@samaantha_m) April 30, 2019
Wow. Lesson learned. Don’t mess with Avengers fans, y’all.