Avengers: Endgame has shattered box office records, earning over $1.6 billion in revenue from theaters both foreign and domestic. The craziest part about that figure is that it's only been out for a week, and will probably push well over the $2.6 billion mark by the end of its theatrical run.
You'd figure with those numbers, pretty much everyone's seen it already.
OK so math is clearly not my forte, but I'd imagine most people who see movies in theaters have seen it already, but that isn't the case. For one, I haven't seen it yet, because I haven't had a chance to watch it with my wife. If I went without her, she wouldn't be my wife anymore, and I'd very much like to stay married.
It's kind of difficult for me to avoid spoilers around the film entirely, however, due to the fact that I work in media.
While bits of the film have been spoiled for me here and there, it doesn't bother me too much because I'm more of a "how are they gonna pull it off" kind of guy rather than someone who cares about plot too much.
But I realize the majority of people who watch movies and TV shows don't want them spoiled, which is why these teachers are winning in the classroom thanks to Marvel Studios.
Reddit user Heroic0 posted a photo of a board their teacher had up in class with this brilliant little teaser. That little blank line between "Thanos" and "Thor" held the key to a major plot spoiler no one wanted a part of. If the class got too loud, the teacher threatened to fill in the blanks. Guess who had a quiet class that day?
Man, if the whole teaching thing doesn't work out for this professor, they've got a career in evil-mastermindism.
As it turns out, teachers in other schools have deployed this tactic.
Who remembers the joy and relief that would pass over your body when you discovered you had a substitute teacher for the day? It basically meant that no work was getting done, right? Well, this substitute wasn't interested in that. In fact, they found a great way to keep the class quiet: Endgame spoilers.
A redditor wrote that this is what happens when a human being uses "100 percent of the brain" and I have to agree that they're right, it's pretty genius. Every time the class piped up, the teacher would write a letter down of a spoiler.
Insider wrote that NYC English teacher Rebecca Shamsian discovered the class-controlling method accidentally when dealing with an unruly student.
Shamsian states, "I told him that if he didn't stop distracting people right now, I would tell him an 'Endgame' spoiler. I could see his eyes widen, and immediately he closed his mouth and turned towards the assignment. I have literally never seen such an instantaneous result with a student."
The best part of the corrective behavioral method? It works multiple times on the same student, apparently. When the student decided to disrupt class again, Shamsian dropped the Endgame bomb on them.
"I said, 'Oh, have you seen 'Endgame' yet?' His response was a pitifully unbelievable: 'No — I mean yeah.
"I said, 'OK great, so you don't mind me saying that Thanos—' and his hands FLEW to his ears. Needless to say, the rest of the period was perfectly on task."
This is simply wonderful.
Students are the only people avoiding spoilers A little while ago I wrote about a teacher who threatened students if they discussed Avengers: Endgame in their classroom. They weren't able to watch the film opening weekend despite being a huge Marvel fan because they wanted to see it with their brother.
To ensure their students knew the deal before walking into the classroom, they plastered a huge sign detailing just how serious they were about the threat.
They're not the only teacher throwing their hands over their ears and pulling a Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber, however.
So there you have it: the immediate fear of having a beloved and anticipated film ruined is sure to get students to behave. Now we just need to get the Russo Bros to make epic Marvel films for the rest of their lives and we'll see academic achievement in the U.S. skyrocket to an all time high.