If we stopped over-analyzing movies, half of the internet would disappear overnight.
So let’s analyze, shall we? Characters drive a story forward, but sometimes they have big secrets. Some of them may even show up in other movies under a different name. Some of them may be part of a bigger organization they’ve sworn never to mention. Let’s dig in.
1. Vincent D’Onofrio plays the same character in Jurassic World and Full Metal Jacket.
Not much is known about D’Onofrio’s Jurassic World character Hoskins except that he never shuts up about using raptors in war. Why does he care so much about war? Maybe because he was previously in the army, going by the nickname Private Pyle. He quit after his drill instructor was mean to him, and now he wants to make sure no future soldiers go through what he did — by replacing them with dinosaurs.
2. “The Hulk” is a code name.
Three different actors have played The Hulk across four movies. Why so much turnover? Maybe because “The Hulk” is actually a code name given to whoever is wearing the purple shorts at that time, and “Bruce Banner” is a nickname they get because alliteration is fun. This explains why Eric Bana’s Hulk had straight brown hair, while Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk has wavy brown hair with some gray. It also explains the seemingly out-of-left field decision for Edward Norton’s Hulk to grow a patchy beard. What seemed like a huge leap in logic for the character was simply because that guy is a different person altogether — one who doesn’t shave as frequently.
3. Star Trek (2009) isn’t a reboot; it’s just the crew’s kids.
This explains why all the characters in the new films look and act almost just like their counterparts from the 60s version, but with slight differences. They were raised by them, so they picked up their mannerisms, and they look like them because of genetics. The reason they have the same names is because the utopian future of the Star Trek universe has surpassed the outdated need for children to have unique names. Everyone passes on their first and last names to be more efficient.
4. Han Solo and Indiana Jones are the same person.
Obviously, both are charming rogues who get the girl while being effortlessly cool. But is this a coincidence? No. We know from the beginning of Star Wars that the movie takes place a long, long time ago, but it does not specify how long. Could it take place in the far, far away galaxy equivalent of the 1930s? When the second Death Star blew up, did Han come to Earth and become an archaeologist? His technologically superior knowledge is why he always knows about the crazy magical artifacts he finds, and he swore to fight Nazis because he saw the similarities between their regime and the Empire he helped bring down — hell, both even employ stormtroopers as ground forces! It also explains why Indy likes to keep sidekicks like Short Round and that monkey: he misses Chewie.
Article by contributor Tyler Merrels.