Warning: “Expendables 3” Spoilers Ahead!
Sylvester Stallone’s “Expendables” series is all about sending up action heroes of yesterday, often tasking stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger with revisiting their classic lines, like “Get to the choppa,” twice in one act. (Seriously, watch “Expendables 3.” It’s a thing that happens.)
But sometimes, the “Expendables” films subvert the expectations that fans bring to the table. Case in point, once again by way of Schwarzenegger: After regularly getting the girl in his films, the macho ex-Governator gets the guy in “Expendables 3.”
During the final scene of the film, the various Expendables gather together at their favorite bar, drinking and hanging out and celebrating their latest victory. Stallone’s Barney Ross encounters Schwarzenegger’s Trench Mauser and Trench’s sidekick, Jet Li’s Yin Yang, getting cozy. Barney advises them to “get a room.” The ribbing only causes Trench and Yang to tighten their embrace. “We don’t need a room,” Trench laughs back.
It’s a throwaway moment that could go over some viewers’ heads, but according to director Patrick Hughes, it’s confirmation that Trench and Yang are dating. “I believe they are,” he tells Grantland, in a tone described as if the filmmaker “just got away with something amazing.”
Schwarzenegger and Li’s on-screen relationship is barely explored in “Expendables 3,” as the two are relegated to little more than glorified cameos, Li especially. And it’s not likely to be the subject of an “Expendables 4,” if such a movie even comes to pass; with a fourth-place box-office debut for “Expendables 3,” the future of the series is far from certain.
Nonetheless, the idea of Trench and Yang kicking ass on the job and planning romantic getaways in their spare time is a very fun one to ponder, and perhaps it’s worthy of an action rom-com spinoff of its own.
“The Expendables 3″ is in theaters now.