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What The Russo Brothers' 'Don't Spoil Avengers: Endgame' Letter Says, And What It Really Means

Reading between the lines of the directors' plea letter
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As you definitely know by now, a four-minute sizzle reel full of massive spoilers for Avengers: Endgame was furtively filmed during a showcase and has been doing the rounds on Instagram, Reddit and Twitter, leading thousands of incurably curious fans to seek it out and willingly ruin a film they'd been looking forward to for a solid year.

Obviously this couldn't stand, so directors Joe and Anthony Russo stuck their necks out with an open letter telling everyone #DontSpoilTheEndgame. In a slightly odd aesthetic choice, the Russos wrote a letter on Word, printed it out, signed it, then took a photo of their handiwork to put on Twitter.

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Stirring stuff, for sure, and you can see why the Russos want to keep as tight a hold on the conclusion of the Avengers universe as possible. The leakers are doing their best to ruin what should be a thrilling and fulfilling end to a franchise which has brought enormous joy to a colossal number of people across the world, and they need calling out. But what are the Russo Brothers really saying, and what do they really mean? Let's dig.

"To the greatest fans in the world,

To the jittery and febrile mass of humanity worried about finding out how the forthcoming Spider-Man 2 is going to be made possible,

This is it. This is the end.

This is probably not the end.

The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning 11 years and 11 franchises.

Even we are amazed by the amount of cumulative shelf space given over globally to Funko Pop vinyl figurines.

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For all of you who have been on this journey with us since the very beginning, sharing every high and low with your family, your friends, your classmates, your co-workers. Investing so deeply in every character and storyline. Laughing. Cheering. Shedding tears.

We're writing this in the weird halting cadence Captain America uses so you'll take us seriously.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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