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13 Fan Theories That Are So Intense, They're Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind

Because nothing is ever as simple as it seems!

As an avid lover of all things movies and a big ol' nerd in general, there are few things I enjoy more than reading an expertly executed, highly passionate fan theory.

And there are few places on the interwebs that tickle that fancy quite as intensely as r/fantheories on Reddit — a place where my fellow film fans post their absolute BEST theories all in one place.

So, I rounded up a sampling of some of our favorites for your viewing pleasure. Hold onto your minds, folks, because they're about to be BLOWN (listen, idk, I tried):

1. Willy Wonka planted the last golden ticket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), and the candy store owner worked for him the whole time.

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"At one point in the film, we are led to believe that all five of the golden tickets have been found. The news is reported from Paraguay, and Gene Wilder, who plays Willy Wonka, also played the reporter who relayed the news, so we can easily assume that — in-universe — the reporter is Wonka and he intentionally fabricated the report. Why, you ask? Because he saw how kids and parents were abusing the system, and he wanted somebody to find the last ticket in a purer way.

Now, let's look at how Charlie got the ticket. He found money and went into the candy store run by 'Bill' (another nickname of William, like Willy). My theory is that Bill was working for Wonka the whole time. Remember Slugworth? At the end, Wonka even admitted to Charlie, 'he works for me!' so we know Wonka employed double agents. Wonka instructed Bill to give the last ticket to a local kid, a poor kid, an unselfish kid. Bill probably already knew these things about Charlie, but needed to confirm them, so when Charlie walked out of the store after buying himself a Wonka candy, and used the last of the money on a bar for Grandpa Joe, THAT was the clincher. It's an unselfish act.

Charlie NEVER got to choose what candy to get for Grandpa Joe. Bill simply said 'Here, try the traditional Wonka bar this time' and grabbed a very specific one. He didn't grab one from the stack, as an owner would. Instead he gave the one on display to Charlie. He knew exactly which one had the ticket. It was displayed right out front, but behind the counter, so it could only be retrieved by him."


2. Phil, Stu, and Alan are all part of Doug's imagination in The Hangover (2009), and the narrative is about Doug — literally — finding himself.

3. Captain America was able to delay Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) not by using physical strength, but by sheer power of will.

4. Everything that transpired after the first wish was made in Aladdin (1992) was done purposefully, and was simply the Genie fulfilling that wish.

5. Despite what it initially looked like, Biff was happy and his life was overall improved by Marty at the end of the first Back to the Future (1985) film — just like Marty's family.

6. In Tarzan (1999), the titular character wore a loin cloth not because he knew he was a human man and therefore should cover up, but because he was embarrassed by the comparative size of his genitals.

7. Obi-Wan Kenobi was not sent to Tatooine to protect Luke in Star Wars (1977), but to protect the universe FROM Luke should he choose the same path as his father.

8. The actual Hunger Games in the The Hunger Games (2012) were not created as a punishment and/or propaganda tool, but as a way to gauge each district's strengths and establish countermeasures where necessary.

9. Ferris in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) is actually living in a Groundhog's Day-type situation — reliving the same day countless times — but we only get to see the best one.

10. Michael Myers isn't actually after Laurie Strode — or anyone, really — in Halloween (2018).

11. In Moana (2016), the titular character dies in the storm on the way to fetch Maui, spends most of the movie dead, and is brought back to life by Te Fiti at the end of the film.

12. The reason why everyone in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) sounds like they're in a PG-13 film is because we're hearing all of the dialogue through Peter Quill's universal translator.

13. And finally — the Joker was the real hero of The Dark Knight (2008) and the only one who understood how to stop crime for good in Gotham.

Which fan theory listed is your favorite? Can you top these? Do you have a wild fan theory of your own? Share yours in the comments below! BLOW SOME MINDS!!! And be sure to check out r/fantheories for even more fun!

Some fan theories were edited for length and/or clarity.