8 Movie Fan Theories That Were Confirmed By The Creators




All film is subjective, and as a result, it’s normal for people to have radically different views and opinions on certain movies, their plots, and their characters.

This subjectivity can take many forms: there’s probably someone out there who thinks The Emoji Movie was the best animated flick of last year, while another person might think Terminator 2 is a cinematic travesty. But one of the most fun ways for fans to express themselves is with fan theories.

Sometimes, these can become as popular as the movies themselves. Jar Jar Binks being a Sith Lord, every Pixar movie existing in the same universe, and Silva being M’s son in Skyfall have all permeated pop-culture for years, but it’s rare for the creators to discuss these theories, much less confirm that they’re actually true.

But occasionally, this does happen. Several popular movies have had some of their most interesting fan theories confirmed by the writers, directors and actors involved, and though a lot of these won’t drastically alter how you view the stories, the extra flavour they add can make repeat viewings even more rewarding.

8. Logan’s Death Was Foreshadowed In The Wolverine

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Despite a lacklustre final act, 2013’s The Wolverine was a massive improvement over the dreadful X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and it got fans excited for even more solo Wolverine movies further down the line.

But nobody was prepared for just how fantastic Logan turned out to be. Gloriously violent, tightly scripted and emotionally satisfying, the movie also packed a heartbreaking death scene that provided a bittersweet farewell to a character we’d been following for 17 years.

And many fans – after noticing a connection between this scene, and a quick line midway through The Wolverine – speculated that this death had been smartly hinted at right under our noses.




In The Wolverine, Logan chats with Yukio, a mutant who can foresee people’s deaths. Here, she tells him that she’s seen him die, and goes on to describe his death to him: “I see you on your back, there’s blood everywhere. You’re holding your own heart in your hand.”

And this is exactly how Logan meets his end; on his back, with a big, bloody hole in his stomach, clasping his “heart” – in this case, his daughter’s hand. After interacting with a fan on Twitter, director James Mangold confirmed that he was indeed seeding this death by adding that line into The Wolverine.


7. The Peddler In Aladdin Is Actually The Genie

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The Peddler is a character who appears briefly at the start of Aladdin, setting up the film’s story by introducing the magical lamp and telling us how it “once changed the course of a young man’s life”.

For years, fans had assumed that this character was, in fact, the Genie – just in disguise. Given the fact that both characters were voiced by Robin Williams (and were both rather eccentric), this assumption seemed accurate, but with no official confirmation, there was no way to know for sure.

But in 2015, official confirmation arrived in the form of an interview with directors Ron Clements and John Musker, conducted by E! News. Here, Clements stated that the Peddler was always intended to be the Genie, and that an in-film revelation was originally planned:

“I saw something that speculates that the peddler at the beginning of Aladdin is the Genie. That’s true! That was the whole intention, originally. We even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie… just through story changes and some editing, we lost the reveal at the end.”

In the same interview, the directors also laughed off a rumour that Aladdin was set in a post-apocalyptic future. Spoil-sports.


6. Aquaman Saved Superman In Man Of Steel

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One of Man Of Steel’s opening scenes finds Clark Kent working on a fishing boat, trying to live a normal, human life. After the boat receives a distress call from a nearby oil rig, he leaps into action, using his superpowers to save the workers trapped inside.

Clark ends up floating in the water after the rig explodes, and somehow, he winds up near the mainland, where he steals some clothes and quickly flees the scene.

So… did Clark miraculously float to the mainland himself, or was he given an assist? That’s a question that’s bugged fans for years. Many suspected that Aquaman was involved somehow – given his proficiency with any water-based exploit – and this quickly became the prevailing fan theory. And a few years later, this fan theory was confirmed.

In an interview with DC All Access, Aquaman star Jason Momoa revealed that his character did save Superman, something director Zack Snyder had planned from the beginning:

“In Man of Steel, when Henry [Cavill] is saving the oil rig and he’s holding that up, and all of a sudden he kind of floats up on the ocean, he’s [Zack] like ‘I had Aquaman save him so that they did cross paths at one point.’”

Snyder sure does love his easter eggs, and this might be one of his best.


5. Get Out Is A Sequel To Being John Malkovich

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One of the most oddball fan theories you’ll ever hear, the notion of Get Out and Being John Malkovich existing in the same universe might seem ludicrous at first, but there’s actually a lot of evidence to support the claim.

For starters, the two films share similar plot points. In Being John Malkovich, Craig (John Cusack) finds a passageway into the mind of actor John Malkovich. Eventually, he discovers he can override Malkovich’s brain and fully control him. And in Get Out, Dean (Bradley Whitford) performs a procedure where he implants white minds into black bodies, allowing the white people to control their black hosts.

The theory also posits that Catherine Keener’s Get Out character (Missy) and her Being John Malkovich character (Maxine) help “bridge” the two films.

Being John Malkovich ends with the doorway into Malkovich’s mind being closed. If Maxine still wanted to use this mind-controlling ability, she would need to explore other options. So, after the film ends, she seduces and marries a neurosurgeon (Dean), plots out the whole white minds/black bodies plan, changes her identity and moves out into the woods to live in privacy.

This isn’t something Jordan Peele had fully mapped out while shooting Get Out, but the notion that both movies exist in the same universe is something he wholeheartedly approved in a Vanity Fair video.

“So, as far as I’m concerned, it’s true.”

Obviously, there’s an element of jokiness to this whole thing and Peele isn’t being one hundred percent serious, but for him to give this theory the stamp of approval is still really cool.



4. Peter Parker Was At The Stark Expo In Iron Man 2

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For years, fans waited with bated breath to see if Spider-Man would ever be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and when the day finally came, there were cheers all around.

The character has had a great run in the MCU thus far, with a scene-stealing turn in Civil War, a fantastic solo movie and an emotional arc in Infinity War, but there were some people who believed that the character had appeared in the MCU way before his “debut” in the third Captain America movie.

At the end of Iron Man 2, an army of drones attacks the Stark Expo, causing its guests to run for their lives. However, one brave young boy – wearing an Iron Man mask – bravely stands up to one of the robots, before the actual Iron Man swoops in and saves him. Fans had theorised that this kid was Peter Parker, and in mid-2017, current Spidey actor Tom Holland confirmed that this was true.

Speaking with The Huffington Post, Holland said “it is Peter Parker,” before mentioning that he’d just discussed this very topic with Kevin Feige – the godfather of the MCU.

Seems legit.


3. Dumbledore Is Death In The Harry Potter Series

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Dumbledore being Death isn’t something that appears to make a whole lot of sense; isn’t Dumbledore a hero, and Death the ultimate enemy?

Regardless, fans who carefully examined The Tale Of The Three Brothers (which appears as an animated sequence at the end of Deathly Hallows: Part 1) found a shocking number of parallels between the old wizard and the personification of Death who appears in the story.

The Tale Of The Three Brothers starts with a trio of wizards smartly evading Death’s clutches. As a reward, Death grants each of them a gift: one brother takes the powerful Elder Wand, another requests a Resurrection Stone, and the third asks for an Invisibility Cloak. These objects are the Deathly Hallows.

But the story doesn’t end so well for two of these brothers. The first brother – after bragging about the power of his wand – is killed in his sleep, and the second brother kills himself to be with the woman he loves, after discovering that the Stone couldn’t truly bring her back to life. The third brother lives to an old age, where he removes his cloak, gives it to his son, and greets Death like an old friend.

These brothers are said to represent Snape (who loved the deceased Lily Potter), Voldemort (who was obsessed with the power of the Elder Wand) and Harry (who uses the Invisibility Cloak, which his father possessed before him), but J.K. Rowling also confirmed that Dumbledore is the personification of Death.



But how? Well, Dumbledore has possessed each of the Hallows at one point or another, and he even gives Harry the Cloak in the first movie.

Plus, Dumbledore could be considered responsible for Snape’s and Voldemort’s deaths, and he’s also the one who greets Harry – like an old friend – in King’s Cross station, after the scarred young wizard “dies” at Voldemort’s hands.

Mind. Blown.


2. Avengers: Infinity War’s Soul Stone Contains The Soul World

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MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! If you haven’t seen Infinity War yet, proceed with caution.


The location of the Soul Stone was one of the biggest question marks going into Avengers: Infinity War, and absolutely nobody managed to predict its true hiding spot: on the planet Vormir, being guarded by Red Skull.

Thanos manages to acquire the Stone by sacrificing Gamora, and at the end of the film (after eradicating half of the universe) he awakens in a strange, orange-tinted realm, where he’s greeted by a young Gamora. Fans theorised that this realm was the Soul World, which exists within the Soul Stone, and is a place where supposedly deceased souls can live on.

And this theory was right on the money. Director Joe Russo recently visited an Iowa high school, where he took questions from the students (check out the transcript here). When asked about young Gamora and what was happening at the end of the film, Russo had this to say:

“Yeah, it’s implied it’s the Soul Stone. It’s all orange around, then he’s [Thanos] inside the Soul Stone with the amount of power that it took to snap his fingers. When he goes inside the Soul Stone he has this kind of conversation with the younger version of his Gamora”.

Russo went on to confirm that Gamora was inside the Soul Stone, leaving the door open for her potential return in Avengers 4 and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3.


1. One Of The Engineers In Prometheus Was Jesus Christ

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Prometheus is full of religious symbolism (Shaw’s crucifix, the creation of life theme, etc), which is something fans noticed, and decided to take a step further: what if Jesus Christ was an Engineer?

In the film, we learn that the Engineers – powerful, god-like beings – were trying to destroy humanity by using the black goo. Why? The fan theory states that this is because the Engineers had decided there was no hope for humanity, after the humans crucified someone the Engineers had sent down to guide and aid them – a man we know as Jesus Christ.

When asked if this was something he considered while making Prometheus, Scott said that he “definitely did”, before adding that he thought it might have been a little too on the nose. He then discussed the idea even further, lending it his support:

“But if you look at it as an ‘our children are misbehaving down there’ scenario, there are moments where it looks like we’ve gone out of control, running around with armor and skirts, which of course would be the Roman Empire. And they were given a long run. A thousand years before their disintegration actually started to happen. And you can say, ‘Let’s send down one more of our emissaries to see if he can stop it.’ Guess what? They crucified him.”

This certainly adds another layer to an already complex film, but in a franchise that started off as a simple contained horror, it’s hard to say if these extra layers are really necessary.



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