With Marvel leading the charge, contemporary blockbuster movies have become associated with the "post-credits scene" or "stinger" that often teases a sequel, another film, or a new character.
Last week, an alleged stinger from the end of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) found its way to the Internet, and we all collectively lost our minds trying to determine its authenticity. The shaky camera work (making it look like it was filmed in a theater) coupled with the Spanish subtitles made an initially convincing case, but officially there wasn't supposed to be one. In the end, it was proven to be fake, and we went back to looking for Spider-Man in the form of a casting announcement.
Now, the guys behind the prank, GoingNowhereShow, have released a video explaining exactly how they pulled it off, and the results are pretty impressive.
Let's take a closer look at what the illuminating behind-the-scenes video revealed.
When the supposed post-credits scene leaked, people took sides
Devoted fans took to their webcams and computers to voice their opinions on whether or not Spider-Man would be appearing at the end of Age of Ultron.
Immediate accusations that this is fake, but many supporters also stepped up
Some devoted YouTubers broke down the video to try to find proof of its legitimacy. Those that were in the "real" camp were firm believers, with one even claiming that this was the "best after credits scene of all time." Many people said that it sounded exactly like Andrew Garfield, and many other people said that it is definitely not Andrew Garfield.
Shooting a prank requires secrecy
On April 8th, the guys at GoingNowhereShow sat down to shoot the fake credits scene. For all of those who were adamant that this Spider-Man was CGI, here's definitive proof that that is not the case.
Joss Whedon almost spoiled everything
The day before the shoot, Joss Whedon Tweeted that there wouldn't be a post-credits scene in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. They decided to move forward with the angle that Whedon was lying to surprise fans.
An insanely impressive amount of detail went into the post-production
Making it ultimately look grainy and shaky really helped convince certain people of the video's authenticity. It may have been fake, but I can't help but be impressed by just how good this prank was.
We even got confirmation on who provided the voice
Sadly, Andrew Garfield wasn't involved on the intricate prank.
Two days later, Whedon readily squashed rumors
Joss laid down the law clearly:
That's not real. I don't know where that started. It is not in fact part of the movie, and I don't know who came up with it.
Did it end up creating more interest in the movie?
The pranksters argue that the faked scene actually created more buzz around the movie, enticing more people to see it in theaters and confirm for themselves whether or not that scene actually appears.
In that sense, their pot-stirring was well-intentioned. They weren't simply looking to fuel misinformation; they also wanted to create even more excitement around the movie. Not sure I totally buy that, but it's certainly a better defense.
In the end, This is just another entry in the long, long book entitled Don't Believe Everything You Read on the Internet.