Discussing the complete clusterf-ck that has been Terminator Genisys‘ promotional campaign with Juan a few days back – we came up with a theory as to the identity of the film’s surprise big bad.
Following the release of the film’s first trailer today we’re absolutely convinced that none other than John Connor himself is the villain of the latest Terminator sequel.
How did we come to this conclusion? Let’s do this in pictures because I’m so, so sleepy:
So here’s future war resistance leader John Connor (
Edward Furlong, Nick Stahl, Christian Bale, Jason Clarke) doing his thing. And that thing is, hopefully: staying on the wagon, not getting lost on Skid Row or screaming at the lighting people. Note the distinctive (albeit silly) facial scarring.
He sends Kyle Reese (
Michael Biehn, Anton Yelchin, Jai Courtney) to the past to save Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from Arnold’s original 1984 Terminator. However, it plays out differently due to wacky time travel shenanigans.
At some point, probably when Reese and Sarah find themselves transported back to “the future” (assuming 2015?), they’re reunited with an altered version of John…
… who looks quite animated and/or annoyed. Note the soulless corporate weasel attire and lack of scars. Whatever changes were made by Sarah and Kyle in 1984 have had an enormous impact on mankind’s last hope.
Reese looks betrayed and Sarah is, well, trigger happy about the whole thing.
And here’s Arnold’s old guy Terminator (aka “Pops”) attacking someone who certainly appears to be wearing the same suit as JC above.
So while the specifics of John’s turn to the dark side aren’t clear (does Sarah’s time travel to “the future” result in John being raised by someone other than his mother? Arnold’s Terminator takes care of Sarah following the death of her parents in the new film – does the same thing happen to John? Does he work for Cyberdyne?) it’s kind of cool that the machines finally gave up on killing the guy and instead figured out a way to just buy out the bastard. Stock options and a private bathroom, that’s the ticket.
Terminator Genisys opens July 1, 2015.