Saturday, May 18, 2024

Marvel’s “Eternals” Premieres to Chaos as Variety Reporter Crosses Fine Line by Giving Major Spoilers on Twitter


Boy, am I getting calls today about Marvel’s “Eternals.”

Directed by newly minted Oscar winner Chloe Zhao, “Eternals” has an all star cast. It premiered in Hollywood last night, and screened for the press in New York.

And all hell has broken loose.

Matt Donnelly, a west coast Variety reporter, Tweeted out big spoilers from the film including what happens in the post-credit scene. A big pop star appears. If you scroll down a bit I’ve reproduced the Tweet. He also Tweeted news of a same-sex kiss.

The post-credit scene was only shown in Los Angeles to the premiere crowd. But the New York press audience never saw it. The movie just cut off. So the New York journalists were pissed when they learned that they hadn’t seen what their colleagues saw.

On top of that, the reaction to “Eternals” from those who saw it, also on Twitter, was lukewarm to say the least. There’s a review embargo so reading between the lines is causing eye strain. What I was told is that it feels like an indie Marvel movie. (I think that sounds interesting, at least.)

Meanwhile, Donnelly hasn’t removed his Tweet spoiler. And fans are enraged that he’s ruined the movie for them.

Look below for the spoiler. PS Thanks to the source who sent me this screenshot. Donnelly has blocked me!







Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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