Deadpool 2 review: sun’s out, puns out

Deadpool’s tenure as the Merc with a Mouth in comic books isn’t as long as the most iconic and revered characters from both DC and Marvel. But it is safe to say that he has cemented his legacy in his own wisecracking way in the hearts of comic readers all over the globe. And while Ryan Reynold’s first live-action attempt in playing the character didn’t bear great results in X-Men Origins, he basically redeemed both himself and the character in 2016’s Deadpool. Just like the creation of the character injected a timely flavor of edginess and attitude to the 90’s era Marvel Comics, the movie performed a similar feat by being a palate cleanser for comic book movies. It was a fresh take of R-rated superhero fun in a genre that is believed to be reaching its saturation point. It also became the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time ensuring its emergence as a franchise.

And now we have gotten a sequel. Having reunited with fiancée Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) in the first movie, Wade Wilson/Deadpool continues with his own brand of superhero crime-fighting in this one. But when fellow mutant Cable (Josh Brolin) travels from the future to kill a super-powered child, Deadpool forms team X-Force to take him on. The live-action debut of both Cable and X-Force has been a matter of much yearning for the comic book fans. So does it live up to the hype the amazing marketing team for this movie has generated over the last couple of months?

In short, yes. Deadpool 2 is funnier, crasser and gorier than the first movie. A bigger budget allows for some amazing action scenes that have been scaled up considerably, helped by the apt direction of John Wick’s David Leitch. It also reintroduces one of my favorite Marvel villains and has some amazing cameos. Wade Wilson’s usual Fourth Wall breaking has been taken up a notch, to a fantastic degree. All in all, if you liked what the first Deadpool had to offer, you’re going to love this one. Its takes everything great about the first one and dials it up to eleven.

One of the most understated moments in the first Deadpool was Reynold and Bacaarin’s capable handling of the poignant emotional scenes. The sequel has this as well in spades. The journey this weirdly sweet couple treads on is emotionally engaging and warrants your attention and care. That doesn’t mean there’s any lack of Deadpool’s trademark filthy humor either. The sequel flexes its muscles in that department quite vigorously as well. Somehow, Deadpool proficiently manages to mix up these somber moments with the ridiculous ones. And trust me; there are loads of them on both fronts. The ramped up action scenes are enjoyable on their own, but Deadpool’s own brand of humor injected in all of them just makes it even better.

If you liked what the first Deadpool had to offer, you’re going to love this one. Its takes everything great about the first one and dials it up to eleven.

The supporting cast is great as well. After hitting a home-run with Thanos in Avengers Infinity War, Josh Brolin proves his action chops again with his tortured portrayal of Cable. He is brash, brazenly unapologetic and is a perfect antithesis to Deadpool. Zazie Beets as Domino steals any scene she’s in. Her superpower “being lucky” leads to some hilarious moments and are a hoot to watch. Deadpool 2 also one-ups its predecessor in the villains department, fixing the first one’s mostly flat antagonist and giving us a more layered narrative in that area this time around.

The one big complain I have against this movie is a lack of cohesiveness. Deadpool 2 tries to tackle multiple story threads including a big status quo shift in Wade and Vanessa’s relationship, Cable’s time traveling tale and the creation of the X-Force. While all the segments are separately confident and capable of running their course, the overall pacing is hurt when they are all jumbled up together in trying to tell a single narrative. Deadpool 2 lacks the singular focus of its predecessor trying to put its mouth in too many plates. And Cable’s backstory might be the biggest victim of this. The future that Cable comes from and his motivations weren’t explored enough to keep me committed in his story, making it feel like an afterthought. It would have been great if his character was a bit more fleshed out. Maybe in the upcoming X-Force movie, eh?

Overall, this movie had some lofty expectations to live up to. I am glad to inform you that it comfortably satisfies them. There is an unexpected warmth to be found in the titular hero’s journey, along with more muscular action and a barrage of pop culture jabs that you’ll miss if you blink. This one deserves your time and money. Because it will throw everything it has towards you until you raise your arms in happy surrender.

“Thank you, Marvel” – a fan looks back on 10 years of the MCU

I still remember the time when the first Iron Man movie came out in 2008, starring Robert Downey Jr. playing a whip-smart, wise cracking Tony Stark. I didn’t know back then that it would spin off an entire universe that would take me on a roller coaster ride for the next 10 years. No, literally. I didn’t know the first thing about MCU. I even missed the post credits scene.

To me, it was just another attempt to make a childhood favourite superhero come alive on the big screens. I was sceptical. Iron Man has been an idol as I grew up reading the comics and watching the old Iron Man animated series. And with much of that fear, I brought home the DVD of the newly released movie. And boy, did I love it! I watched it over and over again. I played the game. Drew sketches of Iron Man all over my school notes.

Later that year, The Incredible Hulk came out starring Edward Norton. I used to love both Norton and Hulk. What could possibly go wrong?

It did. The movie wasn’t much. But to me, watching the Hulk smashing the big screens was more than what I could have asked for. It was at the end of the Incredible Hulk, I saw Tony Stark’s cameo and I began to ask if the two of these movies are connected. No, I wasn’t much into researching on the internet and decided to leave it out and move on.

It was not until Iron Man 2 came out in 2010 and the post credit scene showed Thor’s hammer, that I finally realised that all of these movies were taking place in the same universe. It was the moment of truth for me. I looked it up on the internet. I discovered MCU. I went back and started watching Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2 chronologically as they came out without missing a single detail, a single post credit scene. And I couldn’t wait for Thor to come out in 2011. My journey as a devoted MCU fan began.

As the MCU spun out Captain America: The First Avenger later in 2011, combining two of my most favourite topics, the World War and Captain America, and later in 2012, The Avengers, the culmination of the events taking place in the solo movies so far, it marked the end of phase one for MCU. By this time, I was well hooked into the MCU and keeping tabs on all that was happening, eagerly waiting for the next instalments.

Throughout the phase one, MCU spent 6 movies, slowly introducing its characters to the audience, spanning and expanding the universe, building up the stage and informing me about infinity stones.

And then phase two started with Iron Man 3 coming out in 2013, followed by Thor: The Dark World later that year. Each movie progressing the timeline of the universe a little bit more, giving me enough time to delve into the details, to familiarise the audience with its lesser known characters, form an attachment with MCU.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out in 2014, and it was perhaps the defining moment for MCU. To be absolutely honest, all the movies after Iron Man felt a bit short on appeal to me. They were, well, too light for my taste. I started noticing the disturbing trend in the MCU movies that felt most irritating. Serious moments ruined by misplaced jokes. That changed when Russo brothers gifted me The Winter Soldier. I felt like I watched a well-balanced, well-structed MCU movie after 6 years. The events within the MCU started taking a somewhat serious turn after this movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy came out later that year and I best not say much about this one because I never really like the tone of this movie, and I still don’t. But the details were important to closely follow the ascension of the massive inter-connected storyline MCU was weaving through the movies. Also, the mixtape. The mixtape is very important if you want to experience good music in life. I certainly did.

I loved Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, despite its weak storyline and to my absolute surprise and wonder, I fell head over heels in love with Ant Man when it came out at the end of 2015. Ant Man marked the end of phase two for MCU. By this time, the MCU was like an open book to me, waiting to finish the next chapter. The context was well-set. The big bad Thanos was introduced in detail in Guardians of the Galaxy and I couldn’t wait to see what’d happen next.

Phase three started with Captain America: Civil War coming out in 2016 that set the stage for bigger things to happen as Captain America and Tony Stark faced each other. This was a special movie for Captain America fans like me because this marked the end of the Captain America trilogy and Steve Rogers had finally dropped the shield for good. Doctor Strange came out later in 2016 introducing Hollywood’s beloved Brit Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. It was followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spiderman: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, all of which came out last year in 2017. In Spiderman: Homecoming I got to see an entirely new take on the friendly neighbourhood Spiderman who was more comic accurate that his predecessors.

Black Panther came out in 2018 and made history. It also made sure that MCU, in a long time, had a villain who was not a terrible joke. Needless to say, I enjoyed every moment of Black Panther.

That left the stage for the last and final act of phase three, Avengers: Infinity War which is now running in theatres. All of the movies from Iron Man in 2008 to Black Panther in 2018, had been building a universe, all leading to this one movie, Infinity War. In these 10 years, I saw my favourite characters being introduced, coming together, having shawarma together, fighting each other, breaking apart, living, dying, running away, protecting each other and so much more. The moments that were being built up for 10 years will finally unfold in the events of Infinity War and I don’t know what will happen in the movie, or what to expect. I am waiting for the buzz to die down a little bit so that I can go to the theatre and watch this movie in peace without overhyped kids shouting at every single frame, meanwhile dodging all the spoilers that are out there.

It took Marvel 10 years to build up this moment. 10 long years of an emotional journey filled with ups and downs. A journey of a little boy growing up with his favourite characters around him. This is the not the story of MCU only, this is the story of me as well. The story of how I grew up. The story of how the boy that sat in front of the television one fine day in 2008 to watch Iron Man will in a few days sit in the movies to watch Infinity War. This is the story of Marvel, and me.

Thank you, Marvel.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!

The world’s most beloved superhero turns 80 this year with Action comics reaching its 1000th issue. Superman is one of the most recognisable mainstays of American pop culture. With the signature S chest symbol and flowing red cape, Superman is more than just a superhero – he is a symbol of hope and an ideal for justice. Not to mention Superman most definitely paved the way for later iconic superheroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America (although that was Marvel) and so on, heroes that we love and worship today. Superman has grown so popular that a life sized Superman statue stands tall in Metropolis, Illinois, the namesake of Superman’s fictional city in the comics.

Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joseph Shuster in Cleveland, Ohio. Debuted in Action comics #1 in 1938, Superman quickly gained popularity among comic readers back then. Superman wasn’t always a hero though. In 1933 in a short story by Jerry Siegel, titled “The reign of Superman”, Superman was portrayed as a villain. However, that changed in 1938 when Superman was introduced as the doomed immigrant infant from the destroying planet Krypton, raised on a firm by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who grows up to be the Daily Planet journalist Clark Kent and in times of need, Superman. Lord and Saviour.

Superman is more than just a superhero. He is a symbol of hope and an ideal for justice.

Since then the story of Superman has seen a lot of ups and downs. Characters like Jimmy Olsen, Lex Luthor and Lois Lane were introduced. His adversaries grew stronger and more in-depth story arcs exploring the world of Superman were introduced. More superheroes followed. Marvel followed suit. The comics universe has constantly grown since then, thanks to Superman.

Superman entered the golden age of television with George Reeves playing the iconic hero in the 1950s TV series, “The Adventures of Superman”. Later in 1978, Superman the movie came out, starring Christopher Reeve in the lead role. It even made a run for the Oscars.

Besides that, an animated series aired in 1996 and continued till the 2000s. It was the defining series which introduced Superman to most millennials. For many of us, the animated Superman series was our first gateway to the world of comics and comic book shows. Superman holds a special seat in our heart just like that. The opening theme song still gives us goosebumps.

There have been many attempts to revive Superman on the big screen after 1978’s Christopher Reeve performance. Unfortunately, none of them quite took off. The TV series Smallville gained some popularity in the 2000s and basically generated a cult following. And Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh and directed by Bryan Singer showed great potential in 2006, trying to pick up where George Reeves left off.

Movie Superman finally took the flight in 2013, with a completely different approach to the character. Man of Steel introduced Henry Cavill as Superman. Directed by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel completely restructured Superman for a newer generation with notable changes to the costume and a darker overall tone in the movie. It had mixed reviews in the box office but fans loved Henry Cavill as Superman. Man of steel initiated the DC Extended Universe and we last saw Superman in the Movie Justice League, in 2017. Man of steel 2 is in the works and Henry Cavill is set to make appearances in future DCEU movies as well. Looks like we’re not losing our Superman on the big screen anytime soon.

Meanwhile Superman has been making constant appearances in the comics under various titles. Some notable reads are Crisis on Infinite Earths, Flashpoint, Death of Superman, Whatever happened to the Man of tomorrow, Lois and Clark: New Adventures of Superman and most recently the DC rebirth Series which re-imagines Superman, now married to Lois Lane and father to a Jonathan Kent. And of course, most recently, Action Comics #1000, which features an interesting story arc that suggests the end of Krypton was not what we thought it was. But don’t worry, we are not going to spoil it here. If you’re interested, we’re compiling a list of Superman must-reads elsewhere – check back soon.

So, with a number of changes and takes on the character over the years since its inception, what does the future look like for our beloved Superhero donning the symbol of hope? Keep following HiFi for our next article as we explore the future of the DCEU movie universe.

5 pop-culture fan theories that actually came true

When it comes to entertainment, movies and TV shows take the forefront in our minds. An epic two hour long journey or a 24 minute one that tells a convincing and engaging story, or a long running episodic saga that goes from one narrative to a completely different one over the span of its years of runtime – these stories often leave a lasting impression in our minds long after they’re over. They nudge our thought process for interpreting the meaning of the main narrative presented to us on screen, and the subtler hints left at the inconspicuous corners of the picture. To some people, the more thought provoking a story, the better it is. The thoughts that creep into our minds as we think about what just unfolded in front of our eyes, give birth to deeper convictions which we like to term “Fan Theories”. Interpretations of small but significant pieces of storytelling left for the imagination of the beholder. These theories lie somewhere between extensively hopeful and absolutely nuts and are rarely accepted as the truth. But sometimes, the makers of the story in question come forward and confirm some of the theories which leaves us all screaming “I told you so!” These are a few of the fan theories that actually came true.

  1. R+L = J

Let’s get the most obvious out of the way first. If at some point over the past 7 years you have dwelled anywhere other than under a giant rock, you have heard of Game of Thrones. George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy novels come to life on our television screens has become one of the most endearingly brilliant TV shows today. With its habit of killing off pivotal characters and completely unsuspected twists, Game of Thrones has given birth to many a fan theory over its long runtime. Perhaps none among them were as prominent as this one. This theory claims series protagonist Jon Snow, the apparent bastard child of another series favorite Eddard Stark, is actually the son of the Last Dragon of the Targaryen dynasty, Rhaegar Targaryen and Eddard’s own sister, Lyanna Stark who was told to be kidnapped by the former and held against her will. This was hinted at on the last episode of season 6 titled “The Winds of Winter”, and then confirmed in a big way on season 7. It was revealed that Rhaegar and Lyanna were in fact married which would make Jon their legitimate child, who was named Aegon Targaryen. This makes Jon not only both a Targaryen and Stark, but the most legitimate claimant to the Iron Throne.

  1. Rick Deckard is a Replicant

Now this is an old one, but a good one. For the record, in Philip K. Dick’s original novel “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” protagonist Robot hunter Rick Deckard is most definitely human. He passes the Voigt-Kampff test and has a wife. However, the same is not true for the film version. The original theatrical release was ambiguous about Deckard being human. But director Ridley Scott has stated several times that he pictures Deckard as being a replicant, which was reinforced by the director’s cut and the 2007 final cut of the movie, where a sequence involving an origami unicorn strongly implies that Deckard is indeed a replicant. The New Movie in the series, Blade Runner 2049 has some parts which suggest that Deckard is a replicant and some parts which suggest the contrary. For one, Deckard has aged, but that doesn’t mean he’s human as the Replicant Leader Freysa had aged as well, which implies replicants do age.  Also, why would a random human be a part of a replicant reproduction plan, a random human Blade Runner who could go rogue at any time? It has been made quite clear by former director Ridley Scott and later enforced by the sequel that replicants are very much like humans in that they age and reproduce, and that Deckard is most definitely a replicant.

  1. Dumbledore is a representation of Death from the Deathly Hallows

Now we all know about Deathly Hallows from Harry Potter. Like come on everyone at least at some point of their lives must have seen the Harry Potter films maybe not have read the books. Regardless let me state the story of Deathly Hallows once more. So, it goes something like this “Once there were three brothers who cheated death by making a bridge to cross a treacherous river, halfway across the river they were greeted by death and death gave them three gifts of their own choosing which were the Elder wand, the Sorcerer’s stone, and the Invisibility Cloak. Later  Death takes the three brothers gradually”. Now imagine Dumbledore as Death who gave Potter the invisibility cloak, Snape getting the wand by killing Dumbledore and he also gave potter the sorcerer’s stone too. It can also be considered Snape, Voldemort and Potter being three brothers from the tale who in turn had the deathly hallows at some point. After Potters death he greets Dumbledore who is shown to have possessions of all the hallows. But the main reason why this theory is brought up is because according to one tweet by J.K. Rowling this is one theory that she likes the most and this fits.

  1. The term “Doctor” originally came from Doctor Who himself

In the early 90’s during the larval stage of the internet, fans suggested that the term “Doctor” could originally come from a version of the time travelling protagonist himself. Meaning, that perhaps humanity had met a Doctor in the past and being impressed by his abilities, subsequently named the healers of human society “Doctor”, after the titular character himself. This was later confirmed in 2011 , the 7th episode of the 6th season, “A good man goes to war”, where it is revealed that the term “Doctor” was indeed inspired by Doctor Who himself.

  1. Logan: Wolverine’s Death

The ending of “Logan”, the third film in the Wolverine film trilogy starring Hugh Jackman as the titular character, left many a fan in tears, as we said goodbye to Wolverine in an emotional scene. However, the exact circumstances of this death had been foreshadowed in the previous movie of the trilogy, according to this fan theory. In 2013’s the Wolverine, the Mutant Ninja Assassin Yukio, who has a precognitive death sense, which means she can see the exact circumstances of a person’s death in advance, tells Logan how she believes he will die. “I see you on your back, there’s blood everywhere…and you’re holding your heart in your hand.” This is confirmed on screen as in the ending to “Logan”, Logan is on his back covered in blood, but he doesn’t have his heart in his hand. What he does is the hand of his genetically engineered clone daughter Laura Kinney, which is actually as touching and emotional as a homage can get.

5 times mainstream comics got diversity right

The opportune release of the very highly rated Black Panther has us all talking, isn’t inclusion and diversity in comic book/superhero movies rather overdue? With the topic in mind, over the past few years, diversity has become not a gimmick, but rather a necessity as more and more entertainment mediums are trying to embrace diversity more proactively. In myriad forms, executives at these major comic book publishers have pushed this agenda through a) turning an existing comic book character into a minority group (i.e, turning Iceman from X-men gay), or b) creating and bringing new, diverse characters into the existing comic book continuity (i.e, having a new female character take the mantle of Thor).

Most of these decisions were met with a lukewarm response. However, occasionally, DC, Marvel, or Image would hit a goldmine. Exploring a minority protagonist or cast allowed publishers to add a robust dimension to their storytelling, as well as benefits for character building. While there are numerous diversity characters in the world of comics, here are five times mainstream comics got diversity right.

Midnighter

“I’d know him anywhere. He moves like jazz” comments the badass, homosexual, ultra-violent vigilante, about Nightwing on Tim Seeley/Tom King’s run on Grayson for DC New 52. Midnighter was co-created by the highly acclaimed comic book writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary), for DC’s imprint ‘Wildstorm comics’.

Although Midnighter is not the first LGBTQ superhero in comic books, he’s one of the first to be openly gay, and married to another gay character, Apollo.  Being more in the veins of The Punisher, Midnighter sadly had been relegated to the sidelines of DCU for much of his existence, but recently got his own series ‘Midnighter and Apollo’ as a part of DC Rebirth.

Batwoman

Another LGBT addition to our list, Batwoman got revamped for DC’s New 52 as a lesbian character. Mainstream comic book fans may be familiar with her recent appearance on a Batman animated film, Batman: Bad Blood.

Recently, during DC’s new 52 relaunch, DC Comics refreshed the character for modern audiences, with writer Marguerite Bennett (a queer themselves) writing the series, bringing a newfound LGBTQ sensitivity into the storytelling.

Lord Fanny

One of my personal all time favourite comic book characters. When Grant Morrison is writing, you know you’re in for a psychedelic joyride. A core cast member from the 1990’s comic, the Invisibles (basically the X-files meets the Matrix with a dash of 1984 on the highest quality DMT).

What can be trippier than badass Brazilian transvestite Shaman, drawing powers from a myriad elements of Mayan cosmology. Her gender identity and her traumatic past makes her a compelling character, and a formidable force within the Invisibles Universe.

Blade

Breaking into the mainstream in 1998 as a trilogy of superhero horror films directed masterfully by Guillermo Del Toro, Blade would pioneer what would later become the modern superhero movie boom at Hollywood. Although making his first appearance in comics in the 1970s, Blade was an iconic black character, a stand out among others such as Black Panther and Luke Cage.

What made Blade so compelling was how he handled, trapped between both worlds, being a vampire and retaining his humanity. A predicament not very different from what minority groups suffer. The acute identity crisis, the feeling of being neither here, or there.

Storm

One of the most iconic colored characters in memory, Ororo Munroe took the comic book world by storm, appearing as a member of the X-Men in 1975.

Hailing from a tormented past as a thief from the ghetto, to becoming the queen of a nation, Storm carved a niche for herself in the world of comics as one badass femme fatale. Being an Omega level mutant with command over weather, Storm has inspired numerous memorable comic book heroes and heroines over the years.

Honorable mentions: Spawn, Luke Cage, Miles Morales (Spider Man), the Mandarin (a formidable foe for Iron man, and considerably more interesting a character than his arch nemesis), Spawn.

Are there any diversity comic book characters that you feel deserves a mention? Please let us know!

Batcat is happening and we couldn’t be more excited!

Batman and Catwoman’s wedding cover is out now and the internet cannot stop talking about it. That’d be the cover of Batman #50, where the previous events finally culminate to Batman and Catwoman’s wedding.

The cover, drawn by artist Mikel Janin, features Batman and Catwoman kissing under a portico where Batman proudly dons his full costume and Catwoman is wearing a stunning black dress along with her cowl, of course.

Batman’s wedding story arc was started by Tom King in #24 where Batman proposed to Catwoman and it’s finally leading to their wedding in #50. Of course it’s Batman and Gotham so you can’t expect things to go down smoothly and not expect Joker to create chaos, but we’re pretty sure it’s nothing Batman can’t handle.

In the previous issue, “Something borrowed, something blue” we see Batman and Catwoman on their separate parallel paths to their wedding days, as Catwoman sneaks out in the dead of night to pick up her wedding dress while Batman makes arrangements to start their new life together. Brought to life beautifully by the talented art of Mikel Janin and Joelle Jones, the panels also depict the complicated relationship Batman and Catwoman has had in the past, their confrontations and romances. It’s a must read if you’re even a little bit excited about the long anticipated moment.

Batman’s history with Catwoman has always been flirtatiously complicated, with Catwoman making several approaches over the years and Batman being, well, Batman. And years of anticipation finally cannot keep the fans calm.

The wedding edition #50 comes out in July. Keep an eye out and till then take a look at 10 of the most highly anticipated weddings we’ve had in pop-culture, coming soon on HiFi.

5 times pop-culture fan theories were a huge let down

The Internet is dark and full of terrors when it comes to ruining your favourite TV shows and movies.

The urge to research snippets of the plot of the TV shows or movies, either in anticipation or in awe or confusion is something every binge junkie is familiar with. And fanfictions or fan theories keep filling us on these gaps and feed our over nurtured sense of connectedness with these TV shows or movies. These fanfictions range from being absolute bonkers to crazy but mind-blowing legit ones. Now, nothing is sweeter than a well-crafted, researched and thought-provoking fan theory that holds every chance of coming true. But then there are those other kinds, often greater in number, which are so ridiculous that they either make you go “Enough internet for the day!” or keep you up at night pondering over the ridiculous possibilities of them actually coming true.

Here are five of the most ridiculous fan theories out there on the internet that you should absolutely be warned about:

Alfred killed the Waynes (Batman’s parents)

(Yes, this happened too)

Whether it is because being a Batman fan is cool these days or you actually are a batman fan, this theory is enough to lose your faith on internet rants.  Back in 2014, one particular Reddit user put forward the theory that it was Alfred, the trusted old butler of the Wayne family who got Thomas and Martha Wayne killed that fateful night in a twisted plot to inherit all the Wayne riches. The defence for the theory was that Alfred plotted to kill all three of the Waynes and would inherit all the Wayne riches with no living Wayne heir. But Joe Chill did not have the heart to kill young Bruce and spared him who later went on to become the Caped Crusader of Gotham, which was also Alfred’s plot to get him into a dangerous lifestyle and get him killed eventually (I mean, come on!). Well, fair enough, random Reddit user. But why would Alfred not just get young Bruce killed later at some point and rather wait and actually train him (Earth 1) to become Batman? Why all that time and effort wasted when he could have just staged any accident and get the job done?

This theory has never been confirmed, obviously. Although in one story arc, (Neil Gaiman, Whatever happened to the Caped Crusader), Alfred is revealed to be the joker himself, whom he created to instil Batman’s life with some kind of a purpose. But that is a story for another time.

Aladdin is set in a post-apocalyptic future

This one is as old as time itself. Remember how the genie keeps referencing 20th-century pop icons, baseball, reality shows and jazz music shows etc.? Also, at one-point genie calls Aladdin’s outfit as “much too 3rd century”. All these shenanigans by genie led some fans to the theorize that Disney’s animated Aladdin is actually set in a distant post-apocalyptic world where civilisation is destroyed by nuclear war and things have essentially gone back to starting from scratch. Iago and Abu are mutant bird and monkey, results of the nuclear war and genetic experimentation, the magic carpet is a remnant of the old hover technology and it goes on and on.

Now, nothing is sweeter than a well-crafted, researched and thought-provoking fan theory that holds every chance of coming true. But then there are those other kinds, often greater in number, which are so ridiculous that they either make you go “Enough internet for the day!”

As tempting as that may sound, it was never actually confirmed by Disney. And they usually do address fan theories for a nod of confirmation as a playful gesture for the very least. (Yes, I’m talking about the infamous Frozen and Tarzan tie-in) So, it probably went like this, Robin Williams came down to the studio, made some insane jokes about random things, made everyone laugh and the animators decided to keep them because they were funny. Aladdin is a children’s movie with magic elements in it. Let’s not try and turn it into Mad Max.

007 is a codename passed on from secret agent to agent

Seems fair. I mean, if you consider the number of different actors who have played James bond since the very beginning of the franchise. Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, the torch of Bond has been passed on to several actors with different and unique characteristics. It seems logical to concur that James Bond and 007 are code names adopted by different agents and that is how the timeless MI7 hero has been living forever. Just like Q or M or Moneypenny. That is, if you don’t want your fan bubble to burst and accept the fact the different actors adopt the same character over time just to keep the timeless classic alive, not to maintain realistic continuity of agents.

If you follow the personal story arc of James Bond, his history with the infamous intelligence agency SPECTRE, and his earning of 007 title in Casino Royale, then it is clearly understood that all the James Bond actors were portraying the same character. James Bond was first portrayed by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962) and is still going strong with now Daniel Craig playing the handsome but deadly MI6 agent.

Rey is Luke Skywalker’s clone

Boy, where do I begin! Star Wars loses it when it comes to clones. And should this theory keep you up at night, you shall not be blamed. Star Wars has fed you that anything that has the word clone in it is worth drooling over. Not your fault, snowflake.

So, here is the thing, speculating long and hard since the first synopsis for The Force Awakens came out, fans have not gotten any confirmation yet to whether Rey indeed was Luke’s daughter or not. The internet flooded with Rey theories. Starting from Rey was Anakin reincarnated to Rey was Jar Jar Binks’s spirit (What?) And one YouTube fan theorist before the release of The Last Jedi, came up with a ridiculous theory that Rey might actually be Luke’s female clone. Created by Knights of Ren, from the severed hand of Luke Skywalker.

An interesting theory. And the absence of clones in the new movies (no, Finn was not a clone) and the unexplained relationship between Luke and Rey leaves plenty of room for this theory to be honest. But clones are essentially supposed to be of the same sex and it doesn’t make sense to create a Luke Skywalker clone when Kylo Ren was himself full of enough pride that he was Luke’s best disciple.

Rest assured, like all other Star Wars fan theories, this too is never likely to come true.

Sherlock’s whole life was a lie

Now, this is an interesting one. We’re talking about BBC’s Sherlock here, which fans hold to be the one true Sherlock. We all know how the irritating but brilliant Sherlock is able to solve crimes using his mad deductive skills and essentially gets ‘high’ on good cases that takes a load of brain-work. Sherlock who is not a psychopath but a high functioning sociopath. And how without a good mystery to solve, he gets, “Bored, Bored, BORED”. Clearly, this guy is not normal.

Do you also remember about the other brilliant Holmes who is basically the “British Government himself”? Mycroft Holmes is equally brilliant and deductive as his younger brother but perhaps a saner one. So, what if all of Sherlock’s cases, his shenanigans with Moriarty, John Watson, all of it were brilliantly staged by Mycroft to keep his mystery junkie brother off the drugs and keep him alive and busy?

You can’t rule out the possibility of it, given the dramatic relationship that these two brothers share and also the near impossible infamous ways Sherlock solves his cases. So, is this theory ridiculous enough to be discarded or twistedly brilliant to actually be true? This one, I’ll leave for you to decide.