How Long Should a 'No Spoilers' Rule for Movie and TV Shows Last? A New Survey Found Out

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Marvel Studios

If this year—which has been filled with highly anticipated pop culture events like the premiere of Avengers: Endgame and the arrival of Stranger Things season 3—has taught anything at all, it's that people get seriously angry about spoilers. And rightfully so. But sometimes, that "no spoilers" rule can feel like it goes on forever. It's just not realistic to expect people not to talk about major plot points in a TV series or movie franchise they love.

So how long should fans wait before dropping spoilers? A new survey provides some good guidelines. CBR reports that musicMagpie recently conducted a survey of 2000 UK residents aged 16 and older, asking them how long people should hold off on talking out loud and spilling the details on a particularly juicy twist in a recent movie or television series.

The answer, according to respondents, is 33 hours after a TV episode airs and 10 days after a film is released.

What is unclear, however, is how long folks are supposed to wait after the release of a series’ entire season, such as when Netflix drops all of Stranger Things at once. But given how prone we've all become to binge-watching, the same rule could very well appy.

The survey doesn’t apply to everything we watch—and plenty of people might have differing opinions on spoiler timing—but it at least provides some solid etiquette for most viewers, and a good guideline for media outlets like ours about when the *spoiler warning* warning is no longer needed.

Look Back at All 23 MCU Films With the Infinity Saga Box Set Trailer

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Marvel Studios

While there had been plenty of popular Marvel movies prior to 2008’s Iron Man, everything changed when Robert Downey Jr. stepped into the role of Tony Stark and began the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that came the Infinity Saga, the culmination of all 23 films of phases one, two, and three of the MCU, concluding with the bittersweet Avengers: Endgame earlier this year. While fans are no doubt excited to follow Phase 4 with all the new, exciting films to come, nothing will ever be the same again.

Now that it’s all over, Marvel Studios is releasing an Infinity Saga box set of all the MCU films so far, and according to, the upcoming release has also come with an emotional trailer. After debuting at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer, fans can now see the trailer on YouTube. 

The trailer features the biggest moments in the Infinity Saga leading up to Iron Man snapping the universe back into place, and sacrificing himself in the process. “What a world—universe, now,” Tony’s voice narrates. He’s got that right.

With Phase 4 of the MCU not picking back up until May 2020 with Black Widow, buying this box set might not be a bad idea. A release date has not been announced yet.

El Camino, the Breaking Bad Movie, Is Coming to Theaters

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Doug Hyun/AMC

On October 11, Netflix will unleash El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on the world at midnight. But for those Los Pollos Hermanos-loving fans who want the theatrical experience, Entertainment Weekly reports that the film will also screen in cinemas across 68 cities from October 11 to October 13.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter that he filmed the movie—his feature film directorial debut—in CinemaScope 2.39 wide-screen format, making it an ideal film to watch in a theater. “Every time we’d put out a new season of Breaking Bad, we would have a premiere in a big movie theater,” Gilligan said. “I always thought, ‘This thing, it looks like a movie. It doesn’t look like a show.’ I really want to be able to share that with fans.”

Not much is known about the Jesse Pinkman movie, which filmed in secrecy last year. However, during this Sunday’s Emmys broadcast, a longer trailer will be released.

Here’s what we do know, though: Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter he worked with a fairly high budget and was able to film outside of Albuquerque. Ten “familiar” Breaking Bad characters will make appearances, including Jesse's beloved pal Badger. No matter what, the movie—whether watched in theaters, on your couch, or at your desk—will be an epic event.

To find tickets, click here and type in your city. Several shows in NYC are already sold out, so it’s best to purchase tickets sooner rather than later.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]