[SPOILERS] Will Chris Pine Return For The ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel?

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Now that Wonder Woman has shattered box office records and the glass ceiling, the inevitable conversation this Monday morning falls the sequel. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot are under contract to return, but what about the supporting cast? To get into that will require a major spoiler. So if you haven’t seen Wonder Woman, it would be best to come back to this article at a later date. Otherwise, let’s move on and discuss whether Chris Pine as Steve Trevor will be back for Wonder Woman 2.
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wonder womanAs Diana is trying to defeat Ares, Steve and his little band of soldiers discover a large plane that is carrying Doctor Poison’s deadly gas. The gas is on a timer, so regardless of whether they safely land the plane, the gas will go off and kill thousands. The gas, however, is hydrogen-based — in other words, flammable.

In a selfless act, Steve flies the plane high into the sky and detonates the gas, killing himself in the process. His sacrifice and Ares’s disregard for it are the things that help push Diana to win her final fight. At the end of the movie, we see her looking at a photo of Steve pinned to a board of fallen soldiers, so he’s quite clearly dead.

The chemistry between Pine and Gadot was one of the unexpected highlights of the film. It’s one of the few “movie relationships” I’ve seen where although they only know each other for a brief time, it feels genuine and heartwarming. It was, for lack of a better term, ballsy for the movie to kill off their main love interest in the first film. It was, essentially, the gender opposite of “fridging” — even if Steve was given a hero’s ending.

If there is one thing everyone seems to know about comics, it’s that no one is ever really dead. The rare exceptions are Uncle Ben and the Wayne family, but plenty of dead people come back in DC comics. There was an entire Green Lantern run explaining why the DC character just won’t stay dead. The question now comes down to: Are they going to bring Steve Trevor back from the dead?

Director Patty Jenkins has already confirmed that the sequel she has in mind would take place in the present day — which is sort of a shame, since there are literal decades worth of storytelling they could tap — but is she considering bringing Steve back? She spoke to Fandango about that exact idea:

“All I can say is it was a dilemma. … It’s something I hope we don’t talk about in the public [because] I want people to see, but it’s very hard to know which characters will be in the next movie because of the time period, so it’s a big question.”

wonder womanThat isn’t a no, but it isn’t a yes, either. The way that comics have often gotten around this is simply by saying the character is the original’s grandson, who just so happens to look exactly like him/her. The other way is time travel, and the appearance of the Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Justice established that time travel is possible in the DCEU. In theory, Barry could bounce back and somehow save Steve, but that would cause major issues to the timeline (looking at you, TV version of Barry Allen).

Then there’s the other question: Should they bring him back? Coulson’s death in The Avengers was the catalyst that brought that team together, but when he was brought back to life, that sacrifice was rendered essentially moot. In Wonder Woman, Steve seems to be struggling with the things he’s had to do as a spy (the best comparison I’ve seen is he’s a combination of Cassian Andor from Rogue One and Jack Harkness from Doctor Who), and his sacrifice is how he comes to peace with that. If he’s plucked from that moment, he’s denied that sense of redemption that seemed to mean so much to him.

The DC universe has always brought people back from the dead (spoiler alert: Superman is coming back), and the more they use that crutch, the less impact any future deaths might have. If death is no big deal in the DCEU, then why is anything a threat at all? Why should we care about the fate of the characters if they can just come back to life?

And as for Chris Pine? He’s down to come back in any form that they will have him. Albeit jokingly, he’s said:

“The movie’s gotta come out, and then we’ll see. …What about Wonder Man?”

Wonder WomanThe character obviously had connections with Sameer, Charlie, and Chief before the movie, so how about a Blackhawks movie?

All of that being said, even if this is the only times we get to see Steve and Diana together, the movie did a great job of giving the relationship weight, no matter how brief.

Summary: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen. Check it out in theaters now.

(Last Updated June 28, 2017 12:51 am )

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