Wonder Woman 1984 has officially started filming with Patty Jenkins returning to direct and Gal Gadot returning as the titular character. Newcomers include Kristen Wiig as Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah and Pedro Pascal in a prominent undisclosed role. Surprisingly, another familiar face from the first film looks to be alive and kicking during this Cold War set superhero film.
That’s right, Chris Pine is returning as Steve Trevor in the long-awaited sequel. But how is this so? For those who have seen the first film (and you should before you continue reading this article as spoilers follow), it’s well known that Steve Trevor sacrificed himself by hijacking and detonating the bomber plane carrying Doctor Poison’s poisonous gas, effectively killing himself in the process. While we never saw a body, there is no way that Steve Trevor could have survived that incident, and if he did, there’s no way he would still be the same age in 1984. However, we have a good theory as to how Steve Trevor’s resurrection is possible.
In Wonder Woman we learned that Ares, the Greek god of war and half-brother of Diana, killed all the other Greek gods after he became jealous of humanity and orchestrated its destruction. Like many things in the DC cinematic universe we believe this story will be retconned somewhat (like Wonder Woman having an awesome ‘80s adventure even though it was stated in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League that she hasn’t been active as a superhero for at least 100 years) so that a few gods survived Ares’ onslaught including one god in particular, Hades!
Yes, Hades, the Greek god of the underworld, will be the true villain of Wonder Woman 1984 and most likely portrayed by Pedro Pascal. Using his power over souls, Hades will bring Steve Trevor back from the dead to distract Diana while he completes his master plan, whatever that may be. Possibly something involving nuclear proliferation since more death would effectively make him stronger, just as more war made Ares stronger.
How Cheetah fits into this plan is a little murkier. She may just be a pawn like General Ludendorff was in the first film. In another possible twist, Hades may also turn out to be Diana’s true father, since in the comics he was known to be a former lover of Queen Hippolyta.
Wonder Woman 1984 is currently set to hit the theaters on November 1, 2019.
Are you excited for Wonder Woman 1984? How do you think Steve Trevor will return? Would you like to see a Hades appear in the film? Leave your comments below!