By Hannah Soo Park
With intricate storylines and mind-boggling twists, this year’s biggest blockbusters didn’t fail to pull out all the attention-grabbing stops. But the winding plotlines and extravagant outcomes also came at the cost of leaving major questions unanswered for audiences, even before the end credits began to roll.
From the obvious to the more complex thought-provokers, these plot holes and unresolved issues made it difficult to leave theaters without demanding the answers we truly needed.
(Major spoilers ahead, obviously!)
Ridley Scott’s long-awaited return to sci-fi opened to a mixed bag of reviews, but whether or not the movie was a wild success, it undoubtedly has its fair share of unaddressed issues. One of the biggest questions: Why did David, the android played by Michael Fassbender, poison Logan Marshall-Green’s Holloway, with the mysterious “black goo”? Was it out of mere curiosity? Did he actually know that an alien baby would come of it? Was he just having a bad day? Writer Damon Lindelof, the mastermind of unanswered questions, addressed the confusion in the “Prometheus” Blu-ray special features commentary, explaining that the poisoning was David’s way of finding a solution for Weyland’s (Guy Pearce) dying state. “In David’s estimation, the humans around him are rats and Holloway is certainly a willing rat subject,” Lindelof said in the commentary. And that’s all we have for now.
What we do know, after watching “The Avengers,” is that shawarma is the post-saving-the-world-snack of choice for our favorite league of superheroes. But what we’re still questioning is the supposed demigod-ness behind the villain Loki, who, instead of targeting S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury—the leader of the organization he’s vehemently trying to put an end to—decides to mind-control Hawkeye, a scientist and random S.H.I.E.L.D agents, instead. And what happened to his ability to regenerate quickly enough to dodge bullets? Apparently, it became nonexistent when he faced the Hulk, who easily crushed him into the floor several times.
“The Amazing Spider-Man”
This “Spider-Man” reboot may’ve managed to successfully capture the inevitable awkward bits that come with a budding teen romance, but that doesn’t mean the comic book movie was successful in tying up all of its loose ends. Not only do we never learn the fate of Rajit Ratha—the man who gets Dr. Curt Connors to test his own lizard serum—who’s left trapped in a car that’s hanging from the Williamsburg Bridge, but we’re also left to wonder what might’ve happened to Uncle Ben’s killer. Did Peter Parker forget that he was on a serious manhunt to avenge his uncle because he was too busy saving New York City from a giant lizard? But hey, at least we know which search engine Spider-Man prefers—and sorry Google, it’s not Google.
Let’s cut to the chase on this one. We’re lead to believe that Silva intended to get captured, so that he can plant himself into M16’s new turf, anticipating that Bond and Q will be able to decipher his computer code that’s supposed to shut M16 security down and open the doors for his escape, after which he’ll obviously kill his armed captors (with no weapons) and escape to the Tube, where he picks up a disguise handed to him like a newspaper from friendly bystanders, who are actually his accomplices. But of course he knew that Bond would chase him down to the spot where he’s planted a bomb that would detonate and keep the agent from pursuing him any further. Our final theory: Silva has impeccable timing or is a seriously-devoted man of faith.
“The Dark Knight Rises”
From the questionable hand-to-hand combat scene (you have weapons—use them!) to the sudden, full-fledged romance between Bruce Wayne and Miranda Tate, the third installment of the Batman trilogy is riddled with unexplained plot points and execution. We’re most flustered with how Bane managed to drop Batman off at a far-flung, sandy locale and then immediately return back to Gotham to continue his destruction campaign. Similarly, how does Wayne catch a flight back to Gotham with no money or ID? Did Bane accidentally leave Wayne’s wallet with his change of clothes lying around in the underground prison? And finally, how does Bruce Wayne go completely unrecognized sitting in an outdoor café at the end of the movie? Yes, it’s in Italy, but anyone in Italy would surely recognize a man who’s supposedly the once-renowned figure of a global (fictional) city, no? One working theory: Batman really did die once the bomb detonated and the scene is really a figment of Alfred’s dream, you know, “Inception” style.