Marvel has allegedly contacted Latino Review looking to find the source of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie news that leaked before the official announcement.
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Latino Review, the website that broke the Guardians of the Galaxy rumors, has published a scathing response to a letter allegedly sent to the website by an investigator for Marvel comics, looking to find the source of the leak. The investigator, whose name is redacted from the email but who is suspected to be Robert Grosser, explains that Marvel executives are "very upset about the leak" and offers to make it "worth your while" if Latino Review cooperates. On the other hand, he promises dire consequences if the website refuses, saying "Let's work together and make this happen before it is too late. To date, everyone I have worked with has not suffered any consequences. I do not want to see this situation get blown out of proportion. However if we do not work together, I will have no choice but to take this investigation to the next level and I will not stop until this investigation is completed." Grosser calls the actions of Latino Review in posting the news illegal.
Spoilers and leaked announcements have been a growing problem, if one considers them a problem, in the entertainment industry in the past few years. Since Internet access and web savvy have become commonplace, it seems impossible for a company to keep plans under wraps. Indeed, a whole slew of websites make their living by posting such rumors and gossip, and more often than not they are not only correct, but have the story before major news organizations like CNN. In fact, TMZ, one of the original gossip and rumor websites, is frequently the most trusted source for breaking news whenever a celebrity is reported dead.
The fascination with knowing what entertainment companies are planning before they want us to is an interesting cultural phenomenon. Wired published an interesting article on the subject of spoilers last year which referenced studies that claimed that spoilers actually enhanced the enjoyment of books. Certainly, rumors and leaks seem to create excitement for upcoming projects. So why are companies so upset about them?
This reporter will not speculate for now, though it would make a great topic for a future VS.! column. However, it is clear that Marvel is not happy about this, and are looking for a way to do something about it. Watch out, Rich Johnston!
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