Sure, one wants to go in as clean as possible, so that the story can surprise and you won’t see that twist coming. But unless the whole story is dependent on that particular event, like if you found out who Keyser Söze is before watching The Usual Suspects, (and even then) your experiences isn’t ruined. At the most, it’s lost a surprise.
“Or did you watch Titanic, not knowing that the boat was going to sink?”
Tom Holland is catching some heat for saying on the Graham Norton Show that Tony Stark has died in the previous movie. People are upset as if the whole story of that movie is wether or not Iron Man lives; that how they’re going to come back from their previous defeat has nothing to do with it and is just superfluous visuals.
The story is not what, it’s how. Your experience of the story may even be enhanced by knowing something in advance, something may have more impact because you know how it’s going to turn out in the end. I’m not claiming that it’s likely, just saying that it might. Or did you watch Titanic, not knowing that the boat was going to sink? Knowing how something is going to end doesn’t diminish all of the story, it just removes a surprise. And if a story only has one single surprise, guess what, it’s a bad and predictable story.
“In this next one, ha — everybody dies!”Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo got caught spoiling with the line “In this next one, ha — everybody dies!”, but that didn’t ruin the movie. Rather, it peaked the curiosity of how the studio is going to pull such a stunt off.
You want to know how the next superhero movie ends? The good guys eventually win.