There are few things more beautifully chaotic than the mind of a super fan. While most of us watch our favorite shows and movies, discuss certain plot points or characters, and then move on with our days, some people turn on a show or head into a theater and find something to really connect with. For these folks, it’s not enough to simply digest what’s on screen; they need to dig deep and try to figure out what’s going to happen, or what’s really lurking within the story’s beating heart. Some of these fan theories are flat out dumb, yet some are spot on in some truly surprising ways. In the combined history of on-screen entertainment, there have been too many fan theories to count. Here, for your consideration, are some of the best.
1. There’s More to Stan Lee’s Marvel Cameos Than Just a Running Gag
In fact, the iconic creator of most of Marvel’s most favorite characters is playing Uatu, the Watcher, a benevolent immortal who watches over the inhabitants of the Earth in order to insure that it’s protected from threats both extra-terrestrial and domestic. The theory goes that Stan Less is there in each film to keep an eye on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in order to keep them on the straight and narrow.
2. Super Mario is a Communist
He’s got a working class background, he favors red, and he’s always rushing off to help the people of an idyllic kingdom that’s essentially run by a quorum of voters until it’s overrun by an evil lizard who’s trying to control the means of production.