The internet is a breeding ground for everything from hilarious memes to thought-provoking essays. The web also serves as a forum for pop culture lovers, and some of the craziest fan theories in movies were born on the likes of Reddit and other fan sites.
Fortunately for some these die-hard fans, all of the time they put into analyzing every minute detail of their favorite movie, TV show, or video game has paid off. Creators of some of the best film franchises and games have confirmed to fans their hypotheses were correct.
Ever since Aladdin was released in 1992, fans have argued the peddler working at the bazaar at the start of the film is the Genie. The peddler's appearance and voice are eerily similar to that of the Genie, and fans were convinced they were one and the same. One of the co-directors of the film, Ron Clements, granted fans' wish when he confirmed their hypothesis was true to E! News:
That was the whole intention, originally. We even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie, and of course Robin [Williams] did the voice of the peddler. Just through story changes and some editing, we lost the reveal at the end. So, that's an urban legend that actually is true.
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have speculated for some time that Peter Parker makes an earlier appearance than his official role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. A scene from Iron Man 2 featuring a young boy standing up to the rogue robots at the Stark Expo raised eyebrows, with some believing this is actually a young Spider-Man.
Tom Holland, who portrays the web slinger in Spider-Man: Homecoming, confirmed the theory in an interview with Huffington Post in 2017. Holland said Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, told him the young boy is definitely Peter Parker:
I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now. It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.
Plenty of gamers think Super Mario Bros. 3 is a stage play. Fans of this theory believe the evidence is in the scenery: the obstacles appear to be bolted to the background, like stage props, and the level ends with the character "going off stage" to the right. And, of course, the entire game starts with a curtain raise.
Series creator Shigeru Miyamoto revealed the fan theory was true during a September 2015 Q&A with the UK Nintendo Twitter account, stating the entire experience is just a performance by the characters.
After seeing Logan for the first time, some fans came out of the cinema with a sneaky feeling Logan's demise had already been referenced in a previous film. In The Wolverine, Yukio tells Logan she has seen his death: he will die on his back, with blood everywhere, and says he will be "holding [his] own heart in [his] hand.”
The fan theory contended that this was not a reference to something in the first film, but rather a foretelling of how he ultimately dies in Logan. He dies while holding his "heart," which is really the hand of his daughter, Laura. Director James Mangold confirmed this was the case directly to a fan on Twitter in March 2017.