Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already seen “Avengers: Endgame,” or at the very least, be completely aware that the film has been shattering records at the box office – so far earning over $1.6 billion in both foreign and domestic theatres. It has already surpassed “Titanic” to become the second highest grossing film just after “Avatar” and by the end of its theatrical run its expected to have hit the $2.6 billion mark.
With such impressive figures, you’d pretty much expect everyone to have seen it already, but that’s not the case. And lately, this has led to a very unique trend. Much to everyone’s surprise, teachers are now using the threat of the Marvel film’s spoilers as incentives to keep their students from misbehaving. Yes, that is correct.
In fact, one Reddit user who goes by the name Heroic0 posted a picture of a whiteboard their teacher had up in class with a brilliant little teaser. There is a blank space between the words “Thanos” and “Thor,” which hold a key plot spoiler. If the class became too rowdy, the teacher threatened to fill in the blanks.
Talk about giving into their evil mastermind side. Goes right along with the film’s theme.
As it turns out, there are teachers across the board in other schools who have deployed similar tactics.
A substitute teacher used “Endgame” spoilers as a way of keeping his class well behaved for the day and doing all their work. He definitely wasn’t going to run a relaxed ship that’s for sure.
One Reddit user wrote that this is a result of human beings using “100 percent of the brain” and I think we’ll all agree with the Redditor, it is pretty genius.
“Insider” wrote how an NYC English teacher, Rebecca Shamsian, stumbled upon the excellent class-controlling method while dealing with misbehaving student.
“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,” Shamsian said.
And the best part about the spoiler threat is that it can be used multiple times on the same student, as Shamsian discovered when her same unruly student decided to try his luck again.
Shamsian recounted the interaction:
“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.”
The simplicity of it all is just brilliant.
But students aren’t the only people who want to avoid “Endgame” spoilers in school. Some teachers as well, may be wanting to avoid learning anything about the films before they’ve seen them. In fact, not too long ago there was a teacher who threatened students about discussing the film in their classroom. The teacher had been unable to make it to the movies for opening weekend, because they were waiting to see it with their brother.
In order to ensure they wouldn’t accidently be told any spoilers, they posted a huge sign outside their classroom door so their students would know the deal going in.
Some people take their Marvel films very seriously. But at least for now, teachers can use it to their advantages to keep their classes nice and quiet.
What do you think of the spoiler technique being used by teachers? Would you do the same if you were a teacher? Perhaps you’re a teacher who’s already used the master manipulation?