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JJ Abrams Universe Fan Theories You'll Want to Believe In

Updated November 5, 2019 1.4k votes 165 voters 16.0k views22 items

List RulesVote up the most plausible fan theories about the JJ Abrams universe that you hope are true in your heart of hearts.

Theories about the JJ Abrams universe have been breaking the Internet since the first episode of Lost premiered in 2004. More so than any other director, Abrams seems to welcome theories about his work. He rarely comments on them, but with the way his films and television shows consistently intertwine and reference one another, it’s obvious he purposefully creates material meant to be mulled over.

Some JJ Abrams fan theories fall into the category of being so bad they’re good, while others are so crazy they might actually be true. Put on your tinfoil hat and prepare to explore the infinitely coiled world of fan theories about JJ Abrams movies.

Vote up the JJ Abrams universe fan theories you think seem the most plausible. 
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    The Slushoverse

    Photo: Paramount Pictures

    The one thing that connects everything JJ Abrams produced, wrote, or directed since Cloverfied is Slusho, a Japanese slushy. Slusho pops up all over the place in Abrams's work, including a holographic menu in Star Trek. The only glaring omissions are Lost and Star Wars, but, as this extensive theory points out, the Dharma Initiative logo appears in Cloverfield, thus bringing Lost into the Slushoverse, and R2-D2 appears very, very briefly in Star Trek: Into Darkness, which connects Star Wars to the Slushoverse. 

    Does the existence of Slusho mean everything he makes takes place in one big, shared universe
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    Super 8 Is a Prequel to Cloverfield

    Photo: Paramount Pictures
    This very simple fan theory states that the alien from Super 8 is related to the Cloverfield monster (if it's not the same monster). As per this theory, after the alien from Super 8 leaves Earth, its fellow aliens get upset by how humans treated it. To exact revenge, they send the Cloverfield monster to punish humanity. 
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  • 3

    Lost Was Designed to Waste Your Time

    Photo: ABC

    As if it weren't obvious from the title of the show, everything involved with Lost was created to be a total waste of time, a meta joke played by the writers on themselves and the viewer. At least that's what one fan theory suggest. 

    More specifically, this theory suggests that the show is nothing but a series of questions with no answers. Seasons revolve around mysteries that lead to more mystery, commercial breaks happen before resolution occurs, and the narrative gets increasingly bizarre without any hope of a logical conclusion.

    Perhaps the thesis of the show was not to make a coherent narrative, but to continually ask strange questions without answers, compounding upon confusion until slapping the show with a finale that would explain everything away while answering nothing. 
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    JJ Abrams Loves the Idea That Jar Jar Binks Is a Sith Lord

    Photo: 20th Century Fox

    First, some background. There's an extremely detailed, totally convincing fan theory concerning George Lucas's Star Wars prequel trilogy. This theory suggests that Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord. Not just any Sith Lord, mind you, an incredibly powerful Sith Lord who exerts tremendous influence on the fate of many characters in the prequels. 

    So, fair warning, this theory isn't about Abrams's work, but rather the extended Star Wars universe to which Abrams contributes.What's so special about this theory, and how does it connect to Abrams? Well, as it turns out, it's the only JJ Abrams-approved fan theory in existence. 


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