A Stranger Things spin-off is coming, which means we won’t have to bid farewell to the Upside Down just yet.
In February 2022, the Duffer brothers confirmed in an open letter that fans will get to see plenty more action in the same universe. They wrote, “There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things: new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes. But first, we hope that you stay with us as we finish this tale of a powerful girl named Eleven and her brave friends, of a broken police chief and a ferocious mum, of a small town called Hawkins and an alternate dimension known only as the Upside Down.”
So, according to their statement, it looks like the spin-off will drop only after the show’s final season, but it hasn't stopped fans from sharing their predictions about the plot. In fact, one Reddit user, Yojo0o, believes that the series will introduce multiple dimensions in a different time period, as well as one powerful new character.
They wrote, "Stranger Things has established the potential for humans to develop powerful enough psychic energy such that they can rip a hole in their reality and enter the Upside Down. Who's to say that the Upside Down is the only alternate dimension accessible in this manner, or that Brenner's project was the only time humanity was ever able to achieve this?"
"A spinoff of Stranger Things could conceivably involve any period in human history," they continued. "Somebody with a natural or artificial ability to breach the walls of reality, and other dimensions of the universe than the Upside Down. If we're taking [Dungeons & Dragons] as inspiration, and the Upside Down is something like either the Hells or the Shadowfell, then there are plenty of other planes for humanity to accidentally open a Gate into, like the Feywild, the Upper Planes, various elemental planes, Mechanus, Beastlands, and many more."
Several fans were on board with this prediction, including VirgelFromage, who added, "The whimsy the show can play with at times is gonna be something I hope stays. I'd appreciate if the time period was at the same time as the show, or sometime after." Ditto.
Yojo0o wasn't the only fan who offered up a compelling theory. TheLegend_Awaits theorized that the spin-off will take inspiration from a real-life conspiracy. They wrote, "Stranger Things, in its essence, was based around the MKUltra project, so other concepts could include: The Philadelphia Experiment, Roswell/Area 51 related ideas, the Mothman of Point Pleasant, the Montauk Project, etc. This kind of show needs government-type bad guys and homely everyman heroes, so I think it could easily be something like those."
Yet another fan suggested that the creators will stick around Hawkins for a bit longer. They said, "They could go the IT route and do a large time-jump. Like an evil re-awakens in Hawkins affecting a new generation. Could be that someone picks up where Brenner left off, creating a new threat in the process. The Duffers like to take tropes we've seen before and make them fresh."
We may not get to see Eleven and the gang in this new series, but something tells us that this spin-off will definitely be worth the wait.
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