2016 was one hell of a year.
Thankfully, 2017 looks to be a little more forgiving, especially in the world of film and TV. Why, you ask? Well, five major characters are coming back from their graves! While some of the names may seem a little obvious to the astute among us, it's worth pointing out that they are major characters whose reappearances are bound to have huge repercussions in the respective worlds they inhabit. First of all, we're starting with a character that will make a seemingly impossible comeback — from being shot point-blank in the head.
1. Harry Hart — Kingsman: The Golden Circle
This suave secret agent — played by by Colin Firth in 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service — was seemingly killed off by the first film's villain Valentine. While this #Kingsman's resurrection wasn't hinted at in anything quite so banal as a post-credits sequence, the first poster for The Golden Circle seems to strongly suggest that Harry did survive that bullet to his dead:
Harry's signature glasses, minus one lens — about the spot where the bullet would have entered his cranium — are front and center, along with an approximation of a quote from Mark Twain: "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." It will be interesting to see how exactly #HarryHart survived, and how Eggsy and Merlin will react, seeing as these two were the ones who watched him die.
2. Superman/Clark Kent — Justice League
While his inclusion on this list may seem like an obvious one, #Superman's resurrection will undoubtedly be a major event for the #DCEU — as it was in the comics. In Justice League, which releases November 17, Superman's revival following his apparent demise in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will likely be a major plot point. It also seems, as in the comics, that Superman will sport some version of his black suit following the event — as teased on Henry Cavill's Instagram page.
What will also be interesting to see is how both the world and Lois Lane will react. Will Clark Kent also make a surprise reappearance? He is officially dead, as far as #GothamCity and his co-workers know. Will he find a good enough excuse to return to the land of the living? So. Many. Questions!
3. Gus Fring — Better Call Saul
Admittedly, this one is not a resurrection, seeing as Better Call Saul takes place in a world that predates the events of Breaking Bad. While there hasn't yet been an official confirmation of Gus's reappearance, it is essentially all but confirmed. A YouTube channel entitled Los Pollos Hermanos (yes, that one) recently released an advert for its restaurant — featuring none other than Gustavo Fring himself.
Aside from this faux ad, a number of savvy fans of Better Call Saul figured out that if you take the first letter of each episode of Season 2 and rearrange them, they form the phrase "Fring's Back." This has since been confirmed by the show's co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.
#GusFring's appearance in the prequel is inevitable — if you recall, criminal lawyer Saul Goodman was in contact with Fring during Breaking Bad — so it seems that the forthcoming season of Better Call Saul will address how the pair came to meet.
4. Elektra — The Defenders
Fans were divided about Elektra's appearance in Season 2 of #Netflix's Daredevil. Some appreciated her presence, while others, myself included, thought her entire character arc distracted from that of the much more compelling #Punisher plotline. But what both sides of the divide were not expecting was for the character, played by Élodie Yung, to be killed off in the season finale.
However, as the series closed, it was revealed that the Hand, a group of seemingly immortal Ninjas, had taken her corpse and stored it in a mysterious machine in the hope of bringing her back from the dead. And if that wasn't enough, the official Twitter account for The Defenders — the upcoming #Marvel series for Netflix that will bring together #Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones for the first time — hinted that she will be making an appearance.
Elektra popping up in The Defenders is a major move for the #MCU, as it shows that the universe is confirming the presence of immortality — something that could change the playing field forever. Yes, yes, while the recurring Daredevil character Nobu was brought back from the dead off screen, it's a big step for one of our heroes to reanimate. How will Matt Murdock react? And how will #Elektra tie in with the rest of the Defenders?
5. Michael Scofield — Prison Break
Last but not least is the shocking (pun intended) return of prison-breaker Michael Scofield. The last time we saw him, Michael had self-sacrificed to save his family — and in his dying moments, his loved ones were finally free. The fact that his apparent death by electrocution seemed so definitive and that it has been eight years since the show's dramatic finale makes this one all the more surprising.
There's no secrecy surrounding Michael's death-defying comeback — he features prominently in the new trailer for Season 5 of Prison Break, titled "Michael Is Alive." Exactly the how of Michael's survival will be explored further when the season premieres on April 4.
Who's on-screen resurrection are you most looking forward to in 2017?