From right, actor Jeremy Renner, actress Brie Larson, actor Robert Downey Jr., directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige attend an event to promote their latest film "Avengers Endgame" in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 15, 2019.Ahn Young-joon/AP

Masthead Weekly 04.19.19

The directors of Avengers: Endgame are so spoiler-phobic that they’re keeping even their actors in the dark about the movie’s story line. This obsession with the opening-weekend experience, David Sims writes, is changing the way movies are made—possibly for worse.

What to Know: Marvel’s Entirely New Sort of Moviemaking

By David Sims

What we’re watching: The most anticipated blockbuster of the season—and possibly of the year—is Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd film in the ultra-popular series of interconnected Marvel movies. Though it’s not going to be the last of them, its directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, have promised that it’ll have a sense of finality, and fan communities have speculated about which characters might die, or be resurrected, as a result.

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