By Roy Geer
Following the Duffer Brothers hinting at the promise of more Stranger Things, Netflix has dropped the first teaser trailer for the series’ next season and FINAL season. We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto!
But doesn’t look like we’ll be in Hawkins, Indiana either…
While the teaser doesn’t feature any of Stranger Things’ cast, its focus on the Upside Down and its statement about leaving Hawkins are foreboding. The first three seasons have been devoted to Eleven, the boys and their Demogorgon fighting adventures along with notable side characters we’ve fallen tragically in love with only see their eventual demise…*cue the In-Memoriam music… A moment of silence for Barb, Bob, Billy and Alexei. (Notice how we didn’t add Hopper in there…)
This teaser gives us an indication that we have outgrown sweet little Hawkins, Indiana in favor of a large, rich world in which the SFX team (Germany’s RISE VFX) would go full blown Upside Down, something the fans have been clamoring for since season one.
Along with the usual monsterish noises being heard in the trailer, an ominous tone begins a sort of clock countdown. What’s missing?
“I said THREE INCHES!”
Could we see Hopper make a triumphant return as “The American” that was alluded to in the end credits scene of the Season 3 finale?
Less than a week ago, the actor that plays Hopper (David Harbour) posted a picture on Instagram, without that “long, scraggly, surprisingly soft, Walt Whitman beard” as he captioned. Some likened it to a goodbye to Stranger Things as he also wrote “Farewell Alexei, you big bold bright burly hope of Russia” but here he’s referring to his new character in the standalone Black Widow movie as Hopper enters the MCU (took long enough guys!) playing Alexei Shostakov aka Red Guardian. According to CNET, filming for Stranger Things 4 could start as early as next month…Doesn’t give Harbour a whole lot of time to grow back that beard but stranger things have happened. You see what we did there?
There’s no word yet on when Stranger Things season four will drop, but today, Netflix announced that Matt and Ross Duffer (The Duffer Brothers) have signed a multi-year deal to produce an unknown number of new series and films for the studio, meaning that we can expect many more things to come from the duo in the not-too-distant future.