Every huge movie franchise is like a labyrinth; if you keep searching, you'll always find new corners to explore!
When was the last time you enjoyed a movie so much that you wanted to know more about the mythology surrounding its world, more about the past of its interesting characters? What if I told you that the info you desired so much were right there, hiding under your nose?
It's not uncommon for a film to include some clever nods to the backstories of its protagonists and antagonists. Today, I created a list with three of my personal favorites, three of the most simple but ingenious backstory facts hidden in our favorite films. Enjoy!
1) Harry Potter And Voldemort Are Possibly Related (Harry Potter film series)
Could the Boy Who Lived be related to the Dark Lord? I've been thinking about it for a long time and the short answer is yes. They both are descendants of the Peverell family.
As you may know, the three Peverell brothers were the creators of the Deathly Hallows. They cheated death and as a reward, the grim reaper gave a gift to each one of them. Antioch, the eldest, chose the Elder Wand, the most powerful wand in the wizarding history. The middle child, Cadmus, wanted the Resurrection Stone, in order to resurrect his lost love. And last but not least, Ignotus wanted the Cloak of Invisibility, a cloak that would keep him safe.
Now, we know that the third brother gave the cloak to his son. The Cloak of Invisibility was passed down Ignotus' family line and eventually ended up in the hands of his final known descendants, the Potters. Harry used this rare item many times during his years in Hogwarts.
But let's take a look at the history of the Resurrection Stone. Cadmus Peverell committed suicide, after realizing that the Stone creates only ''shades'' of the dead and doesn't actually bring them back to the world of the living. Although we don't know if Cadmus had any children to bequeath them the Stone, the second deathly hallow was later found in the ring of Voldemort's grandfather, Marvolo Gaunt. After Gaunt's imprisonment, a young Voldemort visited his cottage and found his ring. He stole the ring and made it a Horcrux. Dumbledore destroyed the ring but kept the stone and gave it to Harry.
Morvolo Gaunt claimed that he inherited the artifact from his family. It could be possible that the Gaunt family members are descendants of the second brother from the tale. In fact, if this is accurate, then the Potter family and the Gaunt family are related, making Voldemort Harry's distant uncle. Vernon doesn't seem so cruel now, huh?
2) The Tragic Tale Of Palpatine's Master (Star Wars)
Moving on to Star Wars. Despite the fact that I'm not a huge fan of the prequel trilogy, I'm going to admit that I enjoy some parts of them. They provided us with tons of backstory. They explained the origins of characters like the clone troopers and Darth Vader, they introduced many powerful Jedis, like Mace Windu, and they gave us a lot of dramatic moments, like the duel on Mustafaf. All in all, they expanded the Star Wars universe, making George Lucas' world seem even bigger by enriching the lore with many characters, battles and ingenious small details.
In Episode III, a young Anakin meets with Palpatine, and the corrupt chancellor tells him the story of Darth Plagueis, a powerful Sith Lord who was able to manipulate life and death. According to Palpatine, Plagueis became so powerful that the only thing that he was scared of was losing his power. Eventually, Plagueis was killed by his own apprentice.
Non-movie information reveals that Darth Plagueis was actually Palpatine's master. He recruited him during his early years on Naboo. Back then, he was just a shy boy who didn't get along with his father. Apparently, Palpatine had a soft side once...
Plagueis trained his student and made him extremely powerful. Under his master's guidance, Palpatine rose to power and became Supreme Chancellor. Together, they created the notorious Grand Plan, the plan of Order 66, and while Plagueis desired to rule the galaxy with his apprentice by his side, Palpatine wanted all the power for himself.
After a visit to a galactic space opera, Palpatine and Plagueis retrieved back to their lair. There, Sidious plied Plagueis with wine while rehearsing the acceptance speech he would soon deliver before the Senate. After Plagueis fell asleep, Palpatine killed him with the use of Force Lightning.
This backstory informs us that Plagueis actually knew about Anakin and had plans for the boy. Many fans speculate that it was Plagueis who manipulated the force and got Shmi pregnant, resulting in Anakin's birth. How awesome is that?
3) The Trask Family Is Everywhere (X-Men franchise)
Along with William Stryker, Bolivar Trask is one of the greatest non-mutant X-Men villains of all time. In Days of Future Past, Trask created the Sentinels, the killer robots which hunted down and eliminated most of the mutants.
If you rewatch the third film of the original trilogy, X-Men: The Last Stand, you will see that the X-Men defeat a Sentinel, as part of the training program of the Danger Room. This causes some trouble with the timeline since the Sentinels weren't a threat until the last movie. Bolivar Trask was killed by Mystique and the program was canceled by the government. The plans to eliminate the mutan race with the help of the Sentinels were put in motion after the climactic battle of Alkatraz, after the events of the third movie.
In The Last Stand there is actually yet anther a man named Trask, portrayed by Bill Duke This Trask was the head of the Department of Homeland Security, and althoug the film did nothing to imply that Trask was responsible for the revival of the Sentinel project, he seemed to have a connection with the creation of the Anti-Mutant weapons used by the military.
Who was that man? Was he a relative of Trask who wanted revenge for Bolivar's death? Was he a scientist working on the Sentinels? Did he hate the mutants as much as the other version? At the end of the day, this is only a theory but I think there's some truth in it; I think there's a deeper connection between these characters. Then again, the X-Men universe was full of plot holes, so take all these with a grain of salt...
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