There's a mild debate raging across Twitter today that involves a detailed description (with leaked, pirated pics) of the after-credit scene in Iron Man 2. A group of movie websites have posted the info with spoiler warnings (with the exception of Vulture blog, who wrote about the scene in question without a spoiler warning and pissed off their readers in the process), while others -- like the ever vocal Devin Faraci of CHUD -- have come out criticizing those sites for sharing the info (though most of his rant, I think, is aimed at Collider, who originally posted those pirated images of the final, final scene).
The problem -- and this has been pointed out to Faraci by members of the websites he's been criticizing -- is that he has done the same exact thing in the past, ruining the after-credit scene in Iron Man in the title of one post, and then posting detailed spoilers from The Incredible Hulk in another. Faraci, however, is using the Born Again Blogger defense -- admitting he made mistakes in the past, but is now the equivalent of a drug dealer-turned-narc -- on the prowl for websites who don't play by the rules he'd like to see enforced. All of it is rather humorous to watch unfold while you're scarfing down breakfast and scrolling through your Twitter feed, but it does bring up a semi-interesting question: How far should websites go when it comes to spoiling a movie?
Obviously there's a demand for fans to know this information, even if the majority of them will cover their eyes and skip to the next story. You can't really fault a website for giving its readers what they want; after all, Slashfilm's post on the spoilers has over 30 comments (as of now), most of which come from readers who are happy the scene was spoiled for them.