Most of the time, when people watch movies, they probably assume that what they see is what they get. Yet many details can be open to interpretation, from a passing comment that a character makes to the entire premise of the film.
That’s where fan theories come into play. With the rise of the internet and forums like Reddit and Twitter, it’s easier than ever for folks to share their fascinating ideas about the secrets of their favorite films.
Here, we have eight theories about famous movies that are as outlandish as they are compelling. Each one is sure to change the way you look at these films forever! Warning: this post may contain spoilers!
1. The Avengers: Loki is so brilliant that he actually allowed the Avengers to capture him on purpose.
According to this fan theory, Loki actually wanted the Avengers to form, so he invaded New York City with his army of Chitauri aliens, forcing Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and even his brother Thor to team up.
This way, Loki could give Thanos (the evil mastermind depicted in several Marvel Studios films who will ultimately fight the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War) the appearance that he was putting up a fight before the Avengers caught him and sent him back to Asgard.
There, Loki could attempt to acquire the Infinity Gauntlet, which allows those who wear it to wield the power of all five Infinity Stones, thus making them powerful enough to rule the universe. (We first got a glimpse of the gauntlet in Thor, by the way.) Capturing the gauntlet would also give Loki a chance to sit on the throne of Asgard, which he does at the end of Thor: The Dark World.
2. The Dark Knight Trilogy: Bruce Wayne’s father is not Thomas Wayne, but actually Alfred.
This may be an upsetting theory for hardcore Batman fans, because it would mean that Martha Wayne actually had an affair with Alfred and never spoke of it to avert a massive scandal. The Waynes were quite a famous family, after all.
This might explain why Alfred is so devoted to taking care of Bruce and assisting him with his mission to rid Gotham City of crime as Batman…
Longtime fans would be quick to point out that Alfred is so dedicated to Batman because he saw himself as his father figure ever since the young Bruce’s parents were gunned down right in front of him. Nonetheless, it is pretty absurd that he wouldn’t retire after all this time, even after all the crazy things that are asked of him!
3. The Dark Knight: The Joker is actually a veteran of a war, which would explain why he’s so knowledgeable about weaponry—and why he’s an adept combatant.
This iconic speech by Heath Ledger’s Joker should also be considered: “Nobody panics when things go ‘according to plan.’ Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all ‘part of the plan.’ But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!”
That line about “a truckload of soldiers” makes more sense if Joker was once a soldier himself, as does the fact that he’s so angry towards the government and society in general. He may have also changed his identity because of PTSD.
Since The Joker’s first comic book appearance in 1940’s Batman #1, his origin has been deliberately vague, just as it was in The Dark Knight. As such, this theory is as valid as any other!
4. Grease: Sandy made up all of the events of the film because she was actually dead the whole time.
The following line in the song “Summer Nights” early in the film may be a deceptively ominous one: “I saved her life / she nearly drowned.” As per this theory, Sandy really did drown, and Danny never saved her!
The theory goes that, in her final moments, Sandy dreams of falling in love with a handsome teenage boy. It also puts the ending of the film in context, as Sandy and Danny appear to drive into the heavens.
One should also consider the final line of “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise):” “Goodbye to Sandra Dee.”
5. Titanic: Jack Dawson (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) traveled through time from the future to make it onto the ship.
That’s right: Jack is a time traveler from the future who managed to sneak onto the ship to prevent Rose from committing suicide. (Remember that she tried to jump over the railing because she didn’t want to marry Cal?)
When you consider the circumstances, it makes a lot of sense. The whole ship would have had to stop to look for Rose had she died, and the ship may not have hit the iceberg.
It should also be noted that Jack says a few things that would not make sense for a man of his time to say, such as mentioning fishing at Lake Wissota, which hadn’t even been built yet!
6. Inception: Dom Cobb’s totem—the object that keeps him tethered to reality to help him remember that he’s not dreaming—was his wedding ring, not the spinning top.
Dom’s wife, Mal, kept the spinning top as her totem, as Dom himself explicitly states. Since it wouldn’t accurately tell him whether or not he was dreaming, he really shouldn’t have been using it in the first place.
One eagle-eyed Reddit user noticed that Dom doesn’t wear his wedding ring in “reality,” but it suddenly appears when he’s dreaming.
It should also be noted that Dom doesn’t wear the ring at the end of the movie, which might be a hint about the truth of that famously ambiguous finale.
7. The Matrix Trilogy: The villainous Agent Smith is The One, not Neo.
Consider the fact that The One is supposed to reload the Matrix by returning to The Source. Technically, that would mean that Agent Smith reloads it, because he fuses himself with Neo.
8. Aladdin: The movie is actually set in the post-apocalyptic future.
The genie claims that he spent 10,000 years trapped in the lamp, while also referring to the third century. It would seem, then, that the earliest that the movie could possibly take place is 10,300 A.C.E.
The genie also made several references to modern technology and celebrities (or, at least, as modern as one could have gotten in 1992), so perhaps some of the more “magical” elements of the film were actually advanced technology!
There’s such a wealth of amazing ideas about movies that we’ve taken for granted for so many years. Who knows what else we’ve been missing from our favorite films?
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