My wife told me a story about the ignorance of her co-workers.
The preface is simple: there were a couple of her co-workers (female, if it makes any difference) who considered themselves to be knowledgeable about comic books. They then stated that they couldn’t stand it when the movies made up new characters that had never been in the comics…such as the Scarlet Witch.
My wife did a double-take, and then briefly joined the conversation. She informed these “informed” people that Wanda and Pietro were Magneto’s children. They then accused her of not knowing what she was talking about, causing my wife to tell them to look it up. They say they did, and my wife shakes her head and walks away.
Now, I haven’t seen any of the trailers for Age of Ultron. This is on purpose. I plan to go in and see the movie, being as pure as I can be. I’ve only seen a couple of posters, but I look away as soon as I can. I’ve only seen two trailers for Marvel Studios movies: Iron Man, and The Avengers.
I saw Iron Man online, because it was new and exciting—and it blew my mind. I decided then and there that I wasn’t going to watch any more trailers from Marvel Studios. The only reason I saw the Avengers trailer was because it was on during the Superbowl.
So I haven’t seen the trailers, and I haven’t discussed them with anyone. I can’t speak intelligently about them.
What I can speak intelligently on is my incredulity about the ignorance of some people. People who cast themselves as being in the know, but then prove themselves to be ignorant at almost every opportunity.
I run into a lot of this in comics. And not just because I know a lot about the history of comics and what it takes to get one from a person’s brain to the shelf of their local comic shop. The internet is much more robust than it was when I first started (and now I feel old), so it is extremely easy to look up information. A lot of ignorance now is just willful ignorance. (Kinda like Fox News.)
Use the internet to your advantage. There are untold amounts of people who have spent an unimaginable amount of time creating content and putting it up so it can be shared. To not use it to your best advantage is to let yourself down.