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Marvel Studios' Days of Lying to Fans Are Over Thanks to New Court Ruling

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We've long established that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one colossal hype machine and since its inception, it has consistently piqued the interest of fans. On the other hand, however, Kevin Feige's billion-dollar empire has also been notorious for misleading many folks over the years through the theatrical trailers they've released.

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A prime example is 2018's Avengers: Infinity War where the trailer blatantly tricked fans into believing that Hulk was part of the blockbuster's final battle when it was just Bruce Banner utilizing Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor.

One of the more recent occurrences of the studio "lying" to the MCU fandom is through Spider-Man: No Way Home's first official trailer which edited out Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's massive cameos. Now, it looks like their days of misleading fans are over, thanks to a new court ruling.

As per a report from Variety, film outfits can now be legally sued for false advertising and presenting deceptive material about the appearances of actors in a movie trailer. The new court ruling came from U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson.

This is in relation to a 2019 lawsuit filed against Universal regarding the trailer for the film Yesterday. The Beatles-inspired flick's theatrical teasers originally featured Ana de Armas in them but the then-rising star was nowhere to be found in the film's actual final cut, leaving many quite dismayed.

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Of course, Marvel Studios can easily dodge any form of trouble this new ruling might bring by presenting more accurate trailers compared to their previous practices. And let's be real here, we'd rather see a film trailer that is straight to the point than something that will end up getting all of us disappointed.

Meanwhile, the MCU's Phase Five opener, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania hits cinemas on February 17, 2023.

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