The internet is useful, but it's also dangerous. With two big franchises reaching their epic climaxes there are plenty of reasons to be afraid that some fool on the internet is going to soil everything. Especially since there's already leaked footage of Avengers: Endgame floating around the web, which could potentially ruin one or more of the film's greatest moments. I don't know exactly, I haven't seen it.
But with that in mind there are ways to make sure your internet time remains spoiler free. Plus a few tips on how to stop people in the real world running up to you and screaming in your face about how Black Widow will be the MCU's new Hulk by the time Phase 4 rolls around.
The Internet at Large
The net is a bad place, and there are lots of places those spoilers could sneak through. So how can you be sure to be extra vigilant? Install a Chrome extension like Spoiler Protection 2.0. The idea is that it will block out any mention of things you don't want to see, be it spoilers for Avengers, Game of Thrones, or something so offensive to your person you'd like it wiped away from the face of the earth. Like the Kardashian family.
You have the choice to block out simple spoilers using keywords, which will seal everything offensive off behind a block of red. That covers all the basics, and provided you don't do anything too stupid it should help you stay away from anything that might ruin your viewing experience. In this instance you're better off adding character names, franchise names, and all those things that might pop up in the news. It even includes images.
If you want to put some extra effort into things, and keep yourself extra secure from plot-ruining information, you can skip through to the 'Spoiler Context' section of the plugin. Essentially the main function of the app can block out the context of a spoiler, and while this is already active on the bigger social sites (Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, and so on) it doesn't work everywhere. But you can make it work everywhere using the context, should you want to make sure you don't get any spoilers from a clickbait-peddling tabloid site, or even us here at Giz UK. Not that we plan on posting any spoilers before anyone has chance to see whatever it is we're talking about.
Spoiler Protection is available on Chrome and Firefox, and even works on Firefox's Android app. It is not, however, available on Edge or Safari. If you use Safari or Edge you're a bit stuck. But there are still ways to get round that, using social media sites themselves.
The best piece of advice is to stay off social media altogether. No Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or anything like that. Definitely stay away from 4Chan and its ilk. Mainly because of what they are, but also because it's they're the places where people revel in pissing each other off. Spoilers are a fine way to piss people off, no matter how minor and unimportant they are.
The best way to avoid social media spoilers is to switch off social media altogether. No technological method is foolproof, but at least if you're off the internet and in public you can plug your ears if someone starts talking about how it turns out Thanos was actually Luke Skywalker's father the whole time. You can't do that if you're reading tweets. Not nearly as easily anyway.
But social media is a thing people like, for better or worse, and there are ways you can set it to ignore certain things.
Twitter is nice and easy because it lets people mute certain topics and keep them away from their timelines. That works for basically anything, so if you're sick of hearing about football, Brexit, or want to avoid spoilers, you can take advantage of it. Simply click your profile picture in the top corner and head down to 'Settings and Privacy'. On desktop you can simply click the 'muted words' option on the left-hand menu, while mobile users will have to click 'Privacy and Safety' before they have that choice.
Once there you can mute words, phrases, hashtags, and usernames to stop them from appearing in your timeline, notifications, or both. You also have the option of setting a timer, which will unmute something after a 24 hours, seven days, or 30 days. The default it 'forever' though.
To stay safe mute the franchise and character names, as well as any hashtags you can think of. It never hurts to be overprepared.
Users on official subreddits are usually quite good at keeping the spoilers to a minimum, while mods step in to enforce the rules when people break it. They often have harsh rules and even harsher punishments, as I recently found out after innocently spoiling the origin of Moose the cat in Captain Marvel and ended up with a 60 day ban from r/marvelstudios. if you want to be really sure you should pull some of the official subreddits from your personal feed. In these cases the ones to avoid are:
If you're a free user you'll want to stay away from r/all and r/popular. These show a feed of what's, well, popular on Reddit, and it could easily be something that ruins a piece of the action. If you're a Reddit Gold user you can hide certain things from r/all, but involves having to pay for Reddit. Instructions are here for any people who aren't freeloading moochers.
Just delete your Facebook account. Failing that don't log in. If you must use Facebook to stay in touch stick to some sort of solo messaging app and tell your friends to keep their spoilers to themselves.
Make a pact with your friends: every time they spoil something for you you're allowed to hit them. But that should also work both ways, and if you spoil something for them they get to hit you. Make up your own rules as to where you're allowed to hit and how hard, depending on how badly you all react to spoilers.
When you're out in public make sure to be wearing a solid pair of headphones, and the more outside noise they block out the better. Then make sure you're pumping some sort of audio in there to block any wayward comments about Tyrion's fate that may otherwise get through.
As for the office, make sure to ban all talk between you and your colleagues. If anyone deliberately breaches that ban go straight to your manager to complain, and if they continue claim it's a hostile work environment. If you're in a customer-facing role you're basically fucked, because you can't demand they keep quiet. Learn to not listen to what inane drivel they're talking about is the only advice I can give.