‘Iron Man, Captain America had sex in Infinity War’: Man posts fake reviews of film, major websites fall for it
A man has been trolling websites by posting fake reviews of major films such as Captain Marvel, Avengers and Aquaman, and waiting to see which of them takes the bait. Most of them do.Updated: Mar 12, 2019 18:19 IST
TV writer Ben Mekler has been conducting an interesting experiment on Twitter, which involves him posting outlandish comments about big Hollywood movies, only to see if major websites pick his tweets up, regardless of how unbelievable his comments might seem. As it turns out, they do.
The latest round in his ongoing trolling of online journalism comes in the form of a new tweet, this time about Tim Burton’s upcoming Dumbo, whose social media embargo was broken on Tuesday. “#DUMBO soars. My favorite live-action Disney remake yet! From the gorgeous blend of goth and whimsy to the sequence in which Dumbo replaces his trunk with a 32 inch machete and has an affair with a bored housewife, the Tim Burton we know and love is FINALLY back in full force.”
#DUMBO soars. My favorite live-action Disney remake yet! From the gorgeous blend of goth and whimsy to the sequence in which Dumbo replaces his trunk with a 32 inch machete and has an affair with a bored housewife, the Tim Burton we know and love is FINALLY back in full force🐘❤️— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) March 12, 2019
It’s easy to miss the bit where Mekler mentions that Dumbo, an adorable elephant, grows a ‘32-inch machete and has an affair with a bored housewife’, especially considering how well he’s hidden it into a fairly familiar template that several journalists use to give their first impressions of films.
Mekler had previously written ahead of Captain Marvel that the film contains six episodes of Friends and a Winter Soldier cameo (none of which is true, of course). It’s one thing to post random tweets, but what makes Mekler’s experiment all the more interesting is that his tweets are routinely picked up by major publications.
Just got out of the #AvengersInfinityWar premiere. The movie is incredible, epic beyond compare. It’s everything you want it to be. Iron Man and Captain America fuck within the first fifteen minutes. Marvel fans are going to love this one - EASILY top five.— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) April 24, 2018
#CaptainMarvel is RADICAL! An awesome 90s period piece & total recalibration of the MCU as we know it! From the brief Winter Soldier cameo to the six full episodes of Friends that play consecutively through a majority of the film’s runtime, this might be my favorite MCU flick yet— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) February 20, 2019
For instance, his tweet about Iron Man and Captain America having sex ‘within the first 15 minutes’ of Avengers: Infinity War was picked up by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, while the Captain Marvel tweet was featured in CNet, Mashable and Entertainment Weekly. Mekler shares screenshots of the news reports shortly after posting the tweets, just as a mic-drop perhaps.
Thank you MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT for making me audibly gasp in a theater for the first time in ages. Won’t soon forget the image of Tom Cruise squeezing pus out of a festering wound while shrieking "I have to do this" directly into the lens. I. LOVE. THESE. MOVIES.— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) July 12, 2018
He has also tweeted about Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and described a scene which involved ‘Tom Cruise squeezing pus out of a festering wound’, and Aquaman, which he wrote has ‘spellbinding musical numbers in which Aquaman wears clams as tap shoes.’ His Aquaman tweets were retweeted by director James Wan.
#Aquaman is everything DC fans have been hoping for and more. Rollicking action, an amazing sense of world-building, spellbinding musical numbers in which Aquaman wears clams as tap shoes, and a command performance from Jason Momoa. DC has really righted the ship. The DCEU lives!— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) November 26, 2018
Mekler also has a running joke going for the Star Wars movies, in which he describes how characters eat ‘vidalia onions’ in the films.
Thrilled to say #SoloAStarWarsStory WORKS. Cast crushed it - true to what we know yet energetic, fresh. Only subpar thing - at least forty minutes wasted on scenes where characters wolf down raw vidalia onions? Third act drags too. Still, this is a REAL Star Wars movie - loved it— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) May 11, 2018
for fucks sake, I just got out of a screening of THE LAST JEDI and guess what https://t.co/doocM2yhw7— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) December 11, 2017
In seriousness, Dumbo is receiving positive early reactions, with critics praising it as a return to form for Burton and for its visuals. Dumbo is scheduled for a March 29 release.
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