One month before it was slated to hit theaters, the plot of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania was leaked on Reddit. Major spoilers ensued as a 63-page Google Doc containing all the dialogue from the latest entry to the Ant-Man franchise was posted to a sub-Reddit dedicated to MCU spoilers. This (rightfully) pissed Disney right off, and now they’re working on finding the person(s) responsible for the leak.
The post, which hit the community r/MarvelStudioSpoilers gave away crucial plot points even though it was based on a transcript from Portuguese subtitles. Disney responded to the leaks by hitting Reddit and Google with two Digital Millennium Copyright Act subpoenas aimed at eventually identifying the source of the leak. Disney is seeking to have Reddit and Google release any information they have from the source of the leaks including names, IP addresses, and phone numbers as part of their inquiry.
We have no clue what Disney plans to do with this information when/if they get it, but it definitely doesn’t sound nice. This isn’t the first time that Disney has tried to use legal action to get to the bottom of a leak. Back in 2015, Disney subpoenaed Image Shack to compel them to reveal the identity of a user who’d posted as-of-then-unseen images of Kylo Ren from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ They sought upwards of $150,000 in damages back then, and this Ant-Man leak could see them go for even more.
Reddit hasn’t confirmed whether or not they’ll assist Disney with their investigation. Speaking with Engadget, a Reddit spokesperson stated “Reddit is committed to protecting our users’ privacy. We have rigorous processes in place to assess legal requests and object when appropriate.” With more focus on protecting users’ data and privacy, Disney could be in for quite the fight before they ever uncover the source of their biggest leak in almost 10 years.