The first seven episodes of Stranger Things season 4 are out now on Netflix. But let’s be actual, we dwell in a tradition of binge tv viewing; we each know you’ve already seen all seven episodes of Volume I and at the moment are eagerly awaiting Volume II. The last two episodes of Stranger Things 4 will arrive on July 1. One of them is a whopping two-and-a-half hours lengthy, that means we’re mainly getting Stranger Things: The Movie subsequent month.
Netflix knew precisely what it was doing by splitting this season up, and is doing its finest to capitalize on the hype. Volume I led to fairly spectacular trend and there’s a teaser for Volume II. You can discover it hooked up to the tip credit for episode 7, “The Massacre at Hawkins Lab.” Or you may watch it on YouTube.
Let’s speak about this trailer, however beware SPOILERS for Stranger Things 4 Volume I beneath.
First contact with the Upside Down
The teaser begins with younger Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) staring on the gate she opened when she punted One/Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) into the Upside Down on the finish of Episode 7, whereas the villain offers an off-screen monologue about how she set him free. He makes use of her identify right here and is talking with the Vecna voice, which suggests these two are going to return face-to-face within the again half of season 4 and I can not wait. It seems that the gate is closing on this shot.
From there we see Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine) staring in marvel on the spot the place the gate was. Could this be the very first time Brenner has seen a gate? That would make this the inciting incident that kicks off all his analysis into speaking with the Upside Down, which is able to result in him by accident inflicting Eleven to open one other gate and beginning this complete mess in season 1.
Things get dicey for the Hawkins gang
Next we see Steve, Nancy, and Robin within the Upside Down, in addition to a shot of Vecna’s clock. This tells us that Nancy survives her encounter with Vecna on the finish of Episode 7, and that our heroes are going again in after the villain. We anticipated this, however confirmations are at all times good.
There are a couple of different notable Upside Down pictures, together with one the place Eddie and Dustin are decked out in warrior garb with spears, standing back-to-back to defend the portal in Eddie’s trailer that leads again to the actual world. Then there’s a brilliant fast shot the place Robin is cocooned up on a wall whereas Nancy and Steve hack away in an try to free her.
We additionally very briefly see Max making an attempt to get out of a boarded up window, although it’s not completely clear whether or not that is within the Upside Down. And then there’s a shot of Lucas sitting on a ground in the actual world, trying like he may need simply gotten in a tussle. Could Jason and his cronies have lastly caught as much as him?
The Mind Flayer returns in Stranger Things 4 Volume II
The Russia plotline additionally options fairly prominently on this trailer. There’s a shot of Hopper standing in entrance of a tank that holds the corpse of a Demogorgon; it seems to be like a nod to the clone lab scene in Alien Resurrection. Hopper and Murray stare in horror on the tanks, till they arrive throughout an additional massive one which seems to carry the Mind Flayer — notice the smokey cloud — which raises extra questions than solutions. Is this only a piece of the Mind Flayer? Is there multiple of those terrifying creatures? Why and the way do the Russians have it contained?
There’s additionally one very transient glimpse of Murray wielding what seems to be like a flamethrower. Whatever’s occurring in Russia, it’s going to get intense. We’ve had numerous questions in regards to the function of Hopper’s survival and whether or not the Russians mattered to the present’s lengthy recreation; hopefully we’ll get some solutions in Volume II.
Eleven vs Vecna
The previous few pictures to debate revolve round Eleven. We see her watching an explosion in the midst of the desert, surrounded by our bodies. It appears secure to guess that this can happen throughout her escape from the Nina Project bunker, although how the navy or Mike, Will, Jonathan, and Argyle will tie into these occasions stays a thriller. (The California highway journey characters don’t function in a single scene of this teaser; I actually do really feel they drew the brief straw this season.)
Finally, we see Eleven shut her eyes and float into the air as she begins utilizing her powers. This is a a lot cooler shot than at first look, as a result of it tells us a bit about the place Eleven is at emotionally in these last two episodes. The solely different time within the present that we’ve seen her levitate like this was on the finish of season 2, when she tapped into her angriest reminiscences with a purpose to shut the gate to the Upside Down. In season 4, One inspired her to faucet into her anger to entry her powers, but it surely’s been hinted that constructive reminiscences may show much more helpful. This new shot of Eleven may allude to her accessing her powers from a extra peaceable place, making her stronger than ever.
The final shot of the trailer is Vecna extending his hand. A reckoning is coming in Volume II, and it’s going to be epic.
Stranger Things 4 Volume II hits Netflix on July 1.
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