The torrenting websites on the internet are brimming with more than unusual activity after Thor: Ragnarok was accidentally leaked online this week.
The critically acclaimed sequel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was due to be released digitally on February 20. However, a blunder at the end of Apple has placed the full movie in prestige quality right into the grubby hands of thousands of pirates worldwide.
According to a report from TorrentFreak earlier today, those who had pre-ordered Thor: Ragnarok from Vudu were given the option to download the movie on iTunes ahead of schedule. The blunder took place because of the manner in which the accounts were linked together through Movies Anywhere, another entertainment service provider that houses several video outlets under a single application.
Once the digital version of the movie was successfully downloaded, it did not take long for it to surface on torrenting websites in both 720p and 1080p resolutions.
Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth as the thunder god, is the third installment in the series and premiered in theaters back in October. The movie received stellar reviews from both critics and fans, and went on to earn more than $850 million in the box office.
There is no telling what damages the accidental leak will cause Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios. Those still willing to support the cause will likely end up purchasing through legitimate channels. However, there are still many of those that are always looking for a free lunch.
There has been no official statement made by either Disney, iTunes, Vudu, or Movies Anywhere on the mixup so far.