It's been six full years since the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie and a decade since the end of the franchise's first trilogy. Since we know that at least part of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will deal with characters we haven't seen for a very long time, it's probably worth giving a rundown of all the important people, places, and things in the franchise, as a reminder of just where the hell we left all these people.
While we don't know what exactly has happened to all these characters in the intervening years, it's worth remembering where we left them, because it will likely have a lot to do with what will happen to them, once we see them again. So that you don't have to watch the terrible sequels prior to the new one that might actually be good, here's a look at everything you forgot about the mythology of the story.
Captain Jack Sparrow isn't always the main character of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but he is always an important one. At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Jack (Johnny Depp) had lost the Black Pearl to Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) for the second time, but he successfully kept the navigational charts that led him to the Fountain of Youth. While he never got to drink from the Fountain during On Stranger Tides, he did successfully escape Blackbeard alongside his stalwart first mate Gibbs, and with his compass and the Black Pearl in his possession, sort of...
The Black Pearl
The Black Pearl is one of the most famous ships afloat on the Spanish Main. Its speed is unmatched and Jack Sparrow sold his soul in order to be its Captain. Unfortunately, Sparrow had a tendency to lose his ship to Captain Barbossa. His former first mate took the Pearl away at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, but then Barbossa lost the ship in turn to Blackbeard, who magically shrunk the vessel and added it to his collection of ships in bottles. Blackbeard died at the end of the film, so there was no known way to bring the Pearl back. Jack Sparrow got his ship back, now he just needs to find a way to get it back to size. There does appear to be some likelihood of success, however. Keep reading.