Stranger Things Season 3's Scariest New Villain Might Be Soviet Russia

Netflix
Netflix

The upcoming third season of Stranger Things does not yet have an official release date beyond "summer 2019," so fans are going to have to wait a while to go back to Hawkins, Indiana. With only vague hints as to what we can expect and no official trailer, fans have been getting understandably impatient. But an alleged leak may have just revealed information about a new kind of evil that will be targeting the gang when the series returns: Soviet Russia.

The theory actually started back in November when redditor u/Charlie780561 spotted an interesting piece of casting information on the Stranger Things IMDb page. Under the cast list, the site listed a “Russian soldier,” “Russian officer,” and “Russian Goon.” By mid-December, those characters had been erased from the site.

The Redditor wrote that “now they are just described as Guard, Soldier, etc.”

[Spoilers] IMDB,Season 3 from r/StrangerThings

Netflix could have taken notice and removed the descriptions in order to keep certain plot points secret, but the streaming giant missed one credit that alludes to a Russian enemy in season three. Until very recently, Ryan Mari was still listed as a “Russian guard” under “Series Stunts” for three episodes in the upcoming season.

The same Redditor posted a new comment recently, in which he noted: "[I'm] just surprised that they took out 'Russian,' as if that somehow used to spoil the plot. Why did we [have] 'Russian guard' and 'Russian soldier' in the first place?"

While this new information could add an intriguing political plot twist, the alleged spoiler should be taken with a grain of salt. The leak comes solely from IMDb, which, like Wikipedia, can be edited by registered site users.

However, if the info is legit, Will, Eleven, and the rest of the gang might be battling a whole new monster in season three: Communism. Given that the show is set in 1985, when Russia was still part of the Soviet Union, it's not totally implausible.

Fans Think the Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Hints at Iron Man's Death

© 2018 - Marvel Studios
© 2018 - Marvel Studios

Marvel fans are seriously concerned for Iron Man. While Tony Stark is one of the few Avengers we know survived Thanos's snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home seems to imply that the sarcasm-prone superhero might not make it out of Avengers: Endgame alive.

The detail in question comes from the first Far From Home movie trailer, which features Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) carrying a large check from the Stark Relief Foundation.

The panic regarding Stark’s fate is over the signature on the check—which belongs to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), the co-founder of the foundation. Fans became concerned when they saw that Stark hadn’t signed the check, with many jumping to the conclusion that Stark wasn’t able to sign the check himself because he had died at some point during the events of Avengers: Endgame. While it’s not confirmed whether Far From Home happens after Infinity War or Endgame, fans aren't willing to take any chances.

A few in-the-know viewers pointed out that a relief foundation is not the same as a memorial foundation, and that the organization was most likely set up for Stark industries, not for a deceased Tony Stark. As Potts was named the CEO of Stark Industries in Iron Man 2, it would make sense that she is the one signing the checks. These are valid points, but anxious MCU fans won't rest easy until they know that Stark is alive and well.

While Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn't arrive in theaters until July 5, 2019, Marvel fans will get the answers to at least some of their key questions when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.

New Game of Thrones Teaser Might Hint at Jon Snow's Fate

HBO
HBO

The latest Game of Thrones teaser was released on Sunday evening and fans are still finding new details to theorize about. The 90-second promo, which features Jon Snow and Sansa and Arya Stark, doesn't give much away, but one tiny detail has got people talking.

Fans were quick to notice that when Sansa, Arya, and Jon approach the statues that appear to be designed for them in the Crypts of Winterfell, Jon's looks particularly different. While Sansa and Arya's likenesses mimic what they currently look like, Jon's looks more mature, as if he's a much older man. While it may be a meaningless detail to some viewers, for others it seems to be pretty convincing proof that Jon will make it out of the final season alive, while his "sisters" may not be so lucky.

But would the creators of Game of Thrones—who have managed to keep seemingly all of the series' biggest secrets under wraps for going on eight seasons now—really drop that big a spoiler so far ahead of the final season's premiere date? Not everyone is convinced.

"I think people read into things too much," Redditor AprilUofA wrote. "I think them finding the statues in the crypt just symbolizes the fact that all three are going to be facing death next season. Jon's statue just looks 'older' because of his usual broody expression."

Another Redditor, Fried_Cthulhumari, attributed Jon's more mature look to his famously long locks. "It is notoriously hard to depict hair in sculptures," he wrote. "This is why ancient statues often had stylized hair or beards, and even when the hair is sculpted correctly, it tends to obscure the age or likeness the artist intended."

Whether the statue is a hint that Jon will prevail or just an imperfect likeness, we'll have to wait until Game of Thrones returns on April 14, 2019 to learn more.

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