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Stranger Things Season 5: Eddie Fan Theory, Explained

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Stranger Things Season 5: Eddie Fan Theory, Explained

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 4.

Stranger Things’ fourth installment to the series has broken streaming records, banking past 1 billion viewed hours on Netflix. Arguably one of the darkest seasons yet, the introduction of the all-time big bad Vecna has fans reeling for resolution. The beloved characters and their hometown’s fate lies in the unknown and is presumably turning upside down. However, one character who quickly rose to be a fan favorite, Eddie Munson who is played by Joseph Quinn, seems to have had his fate sealed in the volume two finale. After being attacked by bats in a heroic attempt to save his friends, Eddie dies in his friend’s arms as he declares that ‘86 is finally his year.

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Although the Duffer Brothers have confirmed that Eddie did in fact die, fans are still hopeful for his return. Since the finale’s air date, fan theories have circulated around the internet depicting ways that Eddie may find his way back into Stranger Things season five, and would ultimately show the character in an entirely different light. Fan account, @paulruddfanclub outlines one viral theory that Eddie very well may return as Vecna’s right-hand man, Kas, a vampire from the game Dungeons and Dragons. Here’s how.

Kas’ Dungeons and Dragons Origin

Although the entire series has been rooted in the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, Stranger Things season four focuses more heavily on the game and the Satanic Panic that emerged in the 80s due to the game’s popularity. It was revealed in the season finale episode entitled “Chapter Nine: The Piggyback” that Vecna, played by Jamie Campbell Bower, has been the series’ antagonist from the very beginning, and Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, was merely the key to opening the door for him to unleash the monsters of The Upside Down into Hawkins. The finale tied up all the season’s loose ends, and, with that, sealed the fate for newcomer, Eddie Munson who quickly became a fan favorite after his introduction in the opening episode. In the episode entitled, “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club,” Eddie introduces a campaign to the Hellfire Club in which the players will have to defeat Vecna. The group announces that Vecna was killed by Kas, but Eddie makes it clear he wasn’t.


In the world of D&D, Kas is referred to as both Kas the Destroyer and Kas the Bloody-Handed. He is a vampire, and according to Bell of Lost Souls, Kas was the lieutenant of Vecna until he killed him. The lore also states that Vecna is the one who made Kas an immortal vampire and gifted him with his powerful sword. As outlined by Screen Rant, there are many differences between Stranger Things‘ Vecna and the one who resides in Dungeons and Dragons. However, understanding the vampire Kas and how Vecna is ultimately defeated in the game may introduce some possibilities when it comes to the return of Eddie Munson in season five, even if not in a way that fans would expect.

Related: Stranger Things Season 5 Finds Will Byers Playing a Central Role, Say The Duffer Brothers

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The Eddie Fan Theory, Explained

After the finale, fan account @paulruddfanclub pointed out key references throughout the season, suggesting that Eddie may be able to return in season five as the vampire Kas. In his attempt to derail the demobats, Eddie gets attacked and bitten to death, ultimately leading him to dying in Dustin’s arms. However, various points throughout the show indicated Eddie’s fate, and suggest what may be in store for him next season if the Duffers see fit. On his forearm, Eddie has a tattoo of a swarm of bats foreshadowing how he would die. Yet, another tattoo reveals a demon-like creature controlling a puppet, bonding ties to the Metallica hit “Master of Puppets” that Eddie plays in the upside down to draw the bats from the house. Could this also be a hint that Vecna will ultimately control Eddie if he does indeed turn from the bat bites?


The fan account illustrates that Eddie’s battle gear, the shield and sword, are similar to those used by Kas in Dungeons and Dragons, who was resurrected by Vecna. As far as vampire lore is concerned, transformations don’t happen in mere seconds, which would explain why Dustin would believe that Eddie was dead. Hollywood Life commented that during an interview with the Duffer Brothers on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the two confirmed that Eddie was dead and that his death would heavily impact season five. This confirmation doesn’t exactly carve a headstone for Eddie Munson just yet, being that vampires are technically dead. The Duffer Brothers are set to head into the writers room in August 2022 to map out their plans for season five — and hopefully Eddie Munson.

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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