CNBC said according to a report by TorrentFreak, sometime between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. China time on Wednesday, users in China began sharing a file of the illegally videotaped film on peer-to-peer piracy networks. That pirated copy has since been shared on English-language torrent networks.
Walt Disney has kept the film shrouded in so much secrecy that even journalists and critics weren’t permitted to see the film ahead of its premiere. The film debuts for the American public on April 26, although there are plenty of Thursday night showings.
The leaked film however, is of poor quality. The footage is semi-rotated and covered partially by watermarks for a gambling site. Audio was also described as “poor.”
Additionally, the publication said a second, better quality copy of the film has also been circulating. This one is sponsored by a Russia-based betting company called 1XBet.
“Endgame,” the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will give some resolution to the events of “Infinity War,” in which half the heroes disappeared into dust. It could also serve as the last film for several of Marvel’s most iconic characters.
It’s expected to top a number of box-office records and make a run for one of the highest-grossing film slots.
Current forecasts have the total global opening ranging between $750 million and $950 million, with analysts predicting that “Endgame” will be the fastest film to hit the $1 billion mark.