Internet groupthink mixed with rabid fanaticism breeds even better plots than any writer can think up. For example, one of my favorite fan theories comes from Reddit, which imagines a plot that makes the final episode of The Simpsons a series-long couch gag. It's genius, and if you gave up on watching The Simpsons a long time ago, you can pretty much pretend this is how the show ends. Some people think Agent Smith was really The One in The Matrix, others think Jon Snow is still alive or not alive or neither. Some fan theories are idiotic, while others are way too convincing to be wrong.
Take some of the theories in the above video from Looper: James Bond is just a codename for a bunch of different spies. ET is a Jedi. Hogwarts was all in Harry Potter's head. They're not wrong as far as we know! And, who cares, if it makes these movies any better, then go ahead and believe whatever it is you want to believe. If it gives you something to talk about at parties, then, seriously, go for it. Then again, some of these are dumb, like the dinosaurs not being real in Jurassic Park, or Doc Brown being suicidal(?). If you try to explain some of those to your friends, they'll probably think you've totally fucking lost it. Really, though, stay away from the first one, which imagines Heath Ledger's Joker as a war veteran. There's no point in searching for needless political statements in a superhero movie. That's one way to get yourself blocked on Facebook.
Are we giving these writers too much credit to think that they actually planned to have every single Pixar movie exist in the same universe? Possibly. But, also, possibly not. Because, many people thought all of Quentin Tarantino's movies took place in the same universe, and that turned out to be true. But, then again, he also could have just read all those convincing theories and decided to say he did that on purpose.
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Matt Miller is a Brooklyn-based culture/lifestyle writer and music critic whose work has appeared in Esquire, Forbes, The Denver Post, and documentaries.
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