Edgar Wright put Netflix on blast for spoiling his 2013 movie The World's End. The streaming platform's auto-trailer function spoils one of the main plot twists and Wright is not happy about it at all. The director spends a lot of time crafting the stories in his movies, which often involve unexpected plot twists, so even though the movie is six years old, Wright still likes potential viewers to go into his movies completely blind.
Screenwriter BenDavid Grabinski called out Netflix for spoiling parts of The Perfection with its trailer and Edgar Wright responded, noting they had done the same thing with the final movie in his Cornetto Trilogy, The World's End. "Netflix also shows the key twist to The World's End as the automatic trailer on the page. So tough sh*t if you wanted to go in blind," says Wright. One of Wright's fans tried to soften the blow by noting that many fans end up watching his movies multiple times, but the director wasn't having it. He said, "But they would definitely ruin the first time for anyone watching it..."
Edgar Wright then tweeted at Netflix to, "change the auto-trailer for something less spoilery!" The streaming platform has yet to respond to the director's criticism of their automatic trailer function as it pertains to The World's End. This has been a common complaint about Netflix over the years since they have implemented the automatic trailer function. Some people don't enjoy that it often spoils major parts of the movies, while others are completely annoyed by them period.
Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy is made up of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). The movie is the only one of the trilogy to involve sci-fi elements and revolves around a group of friends and a pub crawl. They have to make it to twelve pubs and an alien invasion ends up taking things in an unexpected direction, to say the least. While the movie is great, it really isn't that big of a deal to have the trailer spoil some of it for new viewers. It has been six years and spoilers for everything are out there in the world.
With that being said, one can understand why Edgar Wright is angry at Netflix. When he and a cast and crew put a lot of time and effort into a project, it's a bummer when a surprise twist is given away during a trailer. It will be interesting to see if this incident, along with others, lead to a change in the way the automatic trailer function is implemented in the future. For now, if you have not seen The World's End, you might want to stay clear of the automatic trailer on Netflix when attempting to watch it. You can see some of Edgar Wright's Twitter reactions to The World's End spoilers below.
@Netflix also shows the key twist to ‘The World’s End’ as the automatic trailer on the page. So tough shit if you wanted to go in blind.— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 25, 2019
But they would definitely ruin the first time for anyone watching it...— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 25, 2019
Hey @NetflixFilm, change the autotrailer for something less spoilery!— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 25, 2019