7. The DeLorean is alive, and it's a hero (Back to the Future)

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Wild-eyed fans have been concocting conspiracies for Back to the Future for years, like the idea that asserts Doc is suicidal, or that Marty died in Back to the Future II.  Almost all of these tall tales revolve around the characters in the movie, but they're forgetting the real star: the time-traveling DeLorean. You might say that it's just an iconic piece of movie technology, but that ignores all of the signs that the DeLorean is self-aware and is the real hero of the trilogy.

Technically, the theory revolves around the idea that the Flux Capacitor inside the DeLorean is the thing that's alive, but it's controlling the car. It might not talk like Mr. Feeny or have welcomed David Hasselhoff inside of it on a regular basis, but the DeLorean is clearly acting on its own accord. Several times during the movies, the DeLorean purposefully breaks down at key moments to prevent time paradoxes, preventing a chain reaction that would unravel the fabric of the space-time contiuum and destroy the universe! 

It's an easy theory to dismiss, mostly because DeLoreans were notoriously unreliable shitheaps, but it's hard to deny the impeccable timing. Like when the car breaks down the first time, when Marty arrives in 1955. 

By stalling a few miles outside of town, "coincidentally" right next to a handy hiding spot, the DeLorean was preventing the rubes of the 1950s from seeing a futuristic vehicle roaming the streets. What seems like a rotten stroke of luck for Marty is actually a brilliant move on part of the car. 

The next time the DeLorean "breaks down" comes at a pivotal moment, right before Marty is about to harness the power of the clock tower lightning strike to go back to the... time that he was originally from. 

Of course, Marty ends up just barely squeaking by, but that's the point -- if the plan had gone according to Doc's misplaced calculations, the plan wouldn't have worked. Marty would have cruised down the road when the alarm went off and would have missed the lightning strike by a few seconds. Instead, the DeLorean stalled the exact right amount of time for Marty to hit his mark for his trip back to 1985. Not only did the Flux Capicitor prevent its driver from being stuck in the past, but in the same stroke it prevented any temporal anomalies that might be caused by a time-displaced teenager. 

And when Marty arrives in his own time, the car stalls yet again, as he watches the angry Libyans roll by in their van. 

Marty is nothing if not foolhardy, so there's no doubt that he would have raced after the Libyans if the DeLorean would have worked. But if he had not been forced to sprint down to the Twin Lone Pine Mall, Marty would have gotten there early enough to run into his past self, which in turn would stop himself from journeying to 1955 in the first place. It boils down to the fact that the DeLorean broke down at the exact right moment, AGAIN, and prevented a time paradox. 

Did Doc unwittingly create a sentient machine when he created the Flux Capacitor, or is the consistent breakdown of the DeLorean simply a product of writers trying to find a convienent way to keep out holes from sinking their time-travel plot? Man, this is heavy.


6. The loudmouth kid from Jurassic Park grows up to star in Jurassic World

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In one of the first scenes of Jurassic Park, we're introduced to Alan Grant in the most badass way possible: Watching him frighten and humiliate a small child at a dig site. The kid was asking for it -- besides definitely being the kid that handed you the shitty third-party controller when you went to his house to play video games, he dared to allege that velociraptors weren't intimidating at all, "more like six-foot turkeys." In front of maybe two dozen people, Grant describes in grisly detail how a raptor would disembowel, castrate and finally feast upon the twerp. Needless to say, that shut him up but good. 

Despite how memorable that scene is, the kid is never seen again in any of the movies. But if one fan theory is to be believed, we got a whole lot of him in Jurassic World. 

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That's right, the kid only known "Volunteer Boy" in the credits of Jurassic Park was given a full upgrade to Owen Grady, a central protagonist of Jurassic World as played by Chris Pratt. The logic being that Volunteer Boy's run-in with Dr. Grant and the power of the raptor was a formative experience, so much so that he went on to dedicate his life to understanding the creatures.

Owen took what Grant said to heart, especially the last part:

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This echoes Owen's sentiment when he mansplains the raptors to Claire. 

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When asked about this theory, director Colin Trevorrow refused to comment on the grounds that he's a cool guy who doesn't want to ruin anyone's fun. The actor who played Volunteer Boy -- who is the same age as Chris Pratt -- did speak up on Twitter and try to debunk the idea. Sounds like a guy who hasn't learned anything about respect.