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Compelling 'Us' Fan Theories

Updated March 29, 2019 3.5k votes 809 voters 40.8k views10 items

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Us is not a simple film, and it doesn’t offer the same instantly iconic imagery as Jordan Peele’s previous film, Get Out. Instead, 2019’s Us is like a painting: it can be looked at from multiple perspectives and have just as many meanings as it does viewers. The ambiguity of the film's ending and themes have led to many fan theories, which range from the political to the metaphysical, with many blurring the lines between the two. Even the Us fan theories that sound ridiculous at the onset have a way of making sense over time. 

If you haven’t seen Us yet, keep in mind that there are spoilers in this look at the fan theories about Peele’s thriller. Each theory shows you exactly what the viewer found the most intriguing about Us. Some fans focused on the Tethered aspect of the movie, while others were obsessed with Lupita Nyong’o’s turn as both Adelaide and her double, Red.

Do any of these hold water? Or are these fans reaching for something that isn’t there?

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    God Definitively Exists In The 'Us' Universe

    A truly biblical theory about Us comes straight from YouTuber Jimmy Champane. In his video about the film, he notes the reference and multiple appearances of the Bible verse Jeremiah 11:11, which reads, "Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.'"

    From there, Champane argues the Christian God definitively exists within the film's universe.

    As such, God has created one soul per person, but because of that constraint, the cloning experiment was bound to fail. When the clones were created, the person's soul was split between the human and their Tethered counterpart, which would explain why the Tethered act out similar motions to their counterparts. Furthermore, when one of the bodies is terminated, the remaining body receives memories from the other.

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    Jason And Pluto Switched Places Prior To The Movie

    With the amount of doppelängers in the film, it's easy to mix up who's who. By the end of the movie, there's definitely been one onscreen switch that will leave you scratching your head, but Redditor /u/hoopsterben believes the youngest member of the Wilson family, Jason, was swapped with his Tethered counterpart, Pluto, prior to the events of the film.

    The Redditor justifies this possibility through multiple reasons, the most important of which is the knowing glance Jason and Adelaide give to one another at the end as if both are aware of the other's true identity. The theory is made even more plausible when looking at Jason's decision to build tunnels rather than sand castles.

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    Michael Myers Is One Of The Tethered

    Michael Myers Is One Of The Tethered
    Photo: Lionsgate

    Redditor /u/Kanti_BlackWings posits that John Carpenter's Halloween and Us exist in the same universe and that Michael Myers switched places with his tethered counterpart much like Adelaide and Red.

    Although 2018's Halloween is a retcon of every sequel since Myers and Strode's debut, it's still possible that Myers' childhood home had a tunnel system underneath it as confirmed in Halloween Resurrection. If this is the case, the tethered Myers could have switched places with the original, explaining why he dons a mask when he claims his victims, communicates with grunts and violence, and acts as if he were born without a soul of his own. 

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    There's A Fifth Family Member 

    Twitter user @Scarlet Estelle theorized the song "I've Got 5 On It" is actually being used to reference a fifth family member who passed and who's yet to be faced. Though we only meet four people in the Wilson family, the song referencing five may mean there's a family member who passed and has a clone that Adelaide will eventually have to confront.

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